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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

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. 

Madeline Abram

Associate

Madeline
Abram

Madeline Abram, Associate, supports marketing and branding efforts across a variety of distribution channels. She is responsible for the execution of Avalere’s Expert Webinar Series, e-mail marketing, and overall project management support for marketing campaigns across all sectors. Madeline has a strong background in project management and e-mail marketing.

Prior to joining Avalere, Madeline was the marketing manager at Health Industry Distributors Association, developing and implementing e-mail marketing plans and managing social media campaigns.

Madeline has a B.S. in Communication from Virginia Tech.

Abram

Madeline

Associate

202.355.6022

Madeline Abram, Associate, supports marketing and branding efforts across a variety of distribution channels. She is responsible for the execution of Avalere’s Expert Webinar Series, e-mail marketing, and overall project management support for marketing campaigns across all sectors. Madeline has a strong background in project management and e-mail marketing.

Prior to joining Avalere, Madeline was the marketing manager at Health Industry Distributors Association, developing and implementing e-mail marketing plans and managing social media campaigns.

Madeline has a B.S. in Communication from Virginia Tech.

Protima Advani

Vice President

Protima
Advani

Protima Advani, Vice President, provides strategic guidance on the business impacts of payment and delivery system reform and health information technology policy. Her clients include providers, life sciences companies, trade associations, HIT vendors, and other healthcare industry stakeholders interested in pursuing new strategies and business opportunities resultant from policy-driven evolving market dynamics. She also focuses on evaluating new business opportunities for expanding Avalere's footprint in existing and new markets.

Prior to joining Avalere, Protima worked at the Advisory Board Company. Before that, she was an independent consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Veterans Health Administration.

Protima has a MA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Mathematics, Economics, and Finance from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Advani

Protima

Vice President

202-459-6335

Protima Advani, Vice President, provides strategic guidance on the business impacts of payment and delivery system reform and health information technology policy. Her clients include providers, life sciences companies, trade associations, HIT vendors, and other healthcare industry stakeholders interested in pursuing new strategies and business opportunities resultant from policy-driven evolving market dynamics. She also focuses on evaluating new business opportunities for expanding Avalere's footprint in existing and new markets.

Prior to joining Avalere, Protima worked at the Advisory Board Company. Before that, she was an independent consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Veterans Health Administration.

Protima has a MA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Mathematics, Economics, and Finance from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Barnabie Agatep

Manager

Barnabie
Agatep

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

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

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

Agatep

Barnabie

Manager

202.459.6237

Barnabie Agatep, 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.

Lilla Alchon

Associate

Lilla
Alchon

Lilla Alchon, Business Development Associate, advises clients on the Vantage Care Positioning System. Lilla works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective on patient referrals while emphasizing the importance of comprehensive data to manage patients effectively across care settings.

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

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

Alchon

Lilla

Associate

Lilla Alchon, Business Development Associate, advises clients on the Vantage Care Positioning System. Lilla works with healthcare providers to expand their perspective on patient referrals while emphasizing the importance of comprehensive data to manage patients effectively across care settings.

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

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

Jared Alves

Senior Associate

Jared
Alves

Jared Alves, Senior Associate, researches and analyzes policy developments related to health information technology and payment and delivery reform models. He supports projects focused on hospital systems and other healthcare networks. In addition, he supports Vantage Care Positioning System™ customers by analyzing readmissions and discharge data, and conducting qualitative research on the most urgent challenges providers face in establishing effective care coordination programs. 

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

Jared has a BS and a BA from American University in Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Alves

Jared

Senior Associate

202.459.6317

Jared Alves, Senior Associate, researches and analyzes policy developments related to health information technology and payment and delivery reform models. He supports projects focused on hospital systems and other healthcare networks. In addition, he supports Vantage Care Positioning System™ customers by analyzing readmissions and discharge data, and conducting qualitative research on the most urgent challenges providers face in establishing effective care coordination programs. 

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

Jared has a BS and a BA from American University in Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Guillaume Bagal

Senior Associate

Guillaume
Bagal

Guillaume Bagal, Senior Associate, applies his background in research, multi-stakeholder collaboration and quality improvement to provide strategic guidance to life sciences companies in responding to complex developments in the evolving healthcare market. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Guillaume was a Project Associate with Indiggo Associates, where he was responsible for interfacing with clients, project support, survey analysis and website updates. Formerly, he was a Research Assistant at the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research, promoting the Center’s goals of scientific research, public policy and public advocacy focused on ethnicity, health, class, religion and disability.  

Guillaume is completing an MHA in Health Systems Management from George Mason University and has an MA and BS from East Carolina University. He sits on the National Institute of Health’s Community Advisory Board.

Bagal

Guillaume

Senior Associate

Guillaume Bagal, Senior Associate, applies his background in research, multi-stakeholder collaboration and quality improvement to provide strategic guidance to life sciences companies in responding to complex developments in the evolving healthcare market. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Guillaume was a Project Associate with Indiggo Associates, where he was responsible for interfacing with clients, project support, survey analysis and website updates. Formerly, he was a Research Assistant at the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research, promoting the Center’s goals of scientific research, public policy and public advocacy focused on ethnicity, health, class, religion and disability.  

Guillaume is completing an MHA in Health Systems Management from George Mason University and has an MA and BS from East Carolina University. He sits on the National Institute of Health’s Community Advisory Board.

Joanna Band

Manager

Joanna
Band

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

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

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

Band

Joanna

Manager

202.207.3821

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

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

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

Jie Bao

Director

Jie
Bao

Jie Bao, Director, conducts quantitative analysis of the impact of various legislative and policy changes on the healthcare industry. She develops Congressional Budget Office-style legislative scores on various healthcare initiatives, and provides on-going support of data analytics to multiple clients. Recently, she led the data analytical work for our clients participating in the CMS Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative. She also helps clients in the life sciences sector identify opportunities from the changing reimbursement environment.

Prior to Avalere, Jie spent more than 10 years on Wall Street, starting at JPMorgan Chase as an investment banking analyst in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions department. She eventually became an Associate Equity Analyst at both JPMorgan and Citigroup, covering the healthcare services and the emerging medical technology sector. 

Jie has a BS in Finance from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Bao

Jie

Director

202.207.3836

Jie Bao, Director, conducts quantitative analysis of the impact of various legislative and policy changes on the healthcare industry. She develops Congressional Budget Office-style legislative scores on various healthcare initiatives, and provides on-going support of data analytics to multiple clients. Recently, she led the data analytical work for our clients participating in the CMS Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Initiative. She also helps clients in the life sciences sector identify opportunities from the changing reimbursement environment.

Prior to Avalere, Jie spent more than 10 years on Wall Street, starting at JPMorgan Chase as an investment banking analyst in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions department. She eventually became an Associate Equity Analyst at both JPMorgan and Citigroup, covering the healthcare services and the emerging medical technology sector. 

Jie has a BS in Finance from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Kate Baquis

Associate

Kate
Baquis

Kate Baquis, Associate, provides support in the development of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in research and data analysis to identify trends affecting life sciences companies. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was a Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Institute for Global Tobacco Control. She also served as a Research Intern at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she investigated the use of social media for smoking cessation.

Kate has a BS in Public Health from Tulane University and is an MSPH candidate in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Baquis

Kate

Associate

Kate Baquis, Associate, provides support in the development of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in research and data analysis to identify trends affecting life sciences companies. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was a Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Institute for Global Tobacco Control. She also served as a Research Intern at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she investigated the use of social media for smoking cessation.

Kate has a BS in Public Health from Tulane University and is an MSPH candidate in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Kate Barker

Associate

Kate
Barker

Kate Barker, Associate, provides support in the development and generation of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in research and data analysis to identify trends affecting life sciences companies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was an intern with both the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, supporting the program through communications, research and outreach; and at the Health Education Center of UC Irvine, coordinating programs, volunteers, and campus and community leadership in support of national health education initiatives. Kate holds a BA in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine.        

Barker

Kate

Associate

202-355-6040

Kate Barker, Associate, provides support in the development and generation of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in research and data analysis to identify trends affecting life sciences companies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kate was an intern with both the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, supporting the program through communications, research and outreach; and at the Health Education Center of UC Irvine, coordinating programs, volunteers, and campus and community leadership in support of national health education initiatives. Kate holds a BA in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine.        

Lauren Barnes

Senior Vice President

Lauren
Barnes

Lauren Barnes, Senior Vice President, provides strategic payer planning and public policy expertise to clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to assist in the successful commercialization of their products.  Lauren focuses on optimizing market access for specialty products, particularly those facing challenging benefit design issues. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Lauren was Director of the Payment and Coverage Group at Amgen. Immediately prior to her time with Amgen, Lauren worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Coverage and Analysis Group and sat on the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System panel.

Lauren has a BA in Public Health and a MHS in Health Care Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Lauren serves on the board of the Cancer Support Community, an international nonprofit dedicated to providing support, education, and hope to people affected by cancer.

Barnes

Lauren

Senior Vice President

202.207.3466

Lauren Barnes, Senior Vice President, provides strategic payer planning and public policy expertise to clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries to assist in the successful commercialization of their products.  Lauren focuses on optimizing market access for specialty products, particularly those facing challenging benefit design issues. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Lauren was Director of the Payment and Coverage Group at Amgen. Immediately prior to her time with Amgen, Lauren worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Coverage and Analysis Group and sat on the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System panel.

Lauren has a BA in Public Health and a MHS in Health Care Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Lauren serves on the board of the Cancer Support Community, an international nonprofit dedicated to providing support, education, and hope to people affected by cancer.

Amanda Bartelme

Director

Amanda
Bartelme

Amanda Bartelme, Director of Reimbursement, advises clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement policy.  Amanda has deep understanding of private and public payer issues across a broad range of medical conditions and settings of care, with particular expertise in innovative diabetes treatments.

Prior to joining Avalere, Amanda worked at the International Center for Research on Women focused on reproductive health and at NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland.

Amanda has a BS in Sociology from Cornell University.

Bartelme

Amanda

Director

202.207.1329

Amanda Bartelme, Director of Reimbursement, advises clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement policy.  Amanda has deep understanding of private and public payer issues across a broad range of medical conditions and settings of care, with particular expertise in innovative diabetes treatments.

Prior to joining Avalere, Amanda worked at the International Center for Research on Women focused on reproductive health and at NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland.

Amanda has a BS in Sociology from Cornell University.

Rebecca Bergena

Associate

Rebecca
Bergena

Rebecca Bergena, 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

Associate

202-355-6035
Rebecca Bergena, 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. 

Christopher Boone

Vice President

Christopher
Boone

Chris Boone, Vice President of Evidence Translation and Implementation, advises clients on value strategies, market access, and evidence generation.  Chris works with life sciences companies, healthcare providers, professional societies, and patient advocacy groups to conduct quality improvement and comparative effectiveness research using electronic clinical data. Chris’s relevant experience includes strategy, organizational redesign, and operational effectiveness projects.

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris was the National Director of Outpatient Quality and Health IT for the American Heart Association.

Chris has a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Tulsa, a MHA from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Most recently, he was a sitting member on the ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee and co-chair for the National Council on Heart Disease Technology at the eHealth Initiative.  He sits on the Advisory Group for American Society of Clinical Oncology’s CancerLinQ initiative.  Chris is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Boone

Christopher

Vice President

202.355.6016

Chris Boone, Vice President of Evidence Translation and Implementation, advises clients on value strategies, market access, and evidence generation.  Chris works with life sciences companies, healthcare providers, professional societies, and patient advocacy groups to conduct quality improvement and comparative effectiveness research using electronic clinical data. Chris’s relevant experience includes strategy, organizational redesign, and operational effectiveness projects.

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris was the National Director of Outpatient Quality and Health IT for the American Heart Association.

Chris has a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Tulsa, a MHA from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Most recently, he was a sitting member on the ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee and co-chair for the National Council on Heart Disease Technology at the eHealth Initiative.  He sits on the Advisory Group for American Society of Clinical Oncology’s CancerLinQ initiative.  Chris is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Adam Borden

Director

Adam
Borden

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

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

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

Borden

Adam

Director

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

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

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

Joseph Boswell

Director

Joseph
Boswell

Joseph Boswell, Director 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

Director

202.207.3818

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

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

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

Joel Bowen

Senior Associate

Joel
Bowen

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

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

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

Bowen

Joel

Senior Associate

202.207.6319

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

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

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

Shamonda Braithwaite

Senior Manager

Shamonda
Braithwaite

Shamonda Braithwaite, Senior Manager, conducts quantitative and qualitative analysis of how various legislative and policy changes can affect the healthcare industry. She also designs disease-specific budget impact models using clinical and economic inputs from peer-reviewed literature, publically available data, and clinicians. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Shamonda was a Senior Analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to GAO, she interned with the Washington Research Equity Group at Lehman Brothers.

Shamonda has a MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

Braithwaite

Shamonda

Senior Manager

202.459.6287

Shamonda Braithwaite, Senior Manager, conducts quantitative and qualitative analysis of how various legislative and policy changes can affect the healthcare industry. She also designs disease-specific budget impact models using clinical and economic inputs from peer-reviewed literature, publically available data, and clinicians. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Shamonda was a Senior Analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to GAO, she interned with the Washington Research Equity Group at Lehman Brothers.

Shamonda has a MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

Kelly Brantley

Senior Manager

Kelly
Brantley

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

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

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

Brantley

Kelly

Senior Manager

202.207.3803

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

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

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

Hillary Bray

Senior Associate

Hillary
Bray

Hillary Bray, Senior Associate, advises Avalere clients on the Affordable Care Act and  federal health policy.  Hillary has particular expertise in federal budget issues and the impact of sequestration, as well as exchange benefit designs and care for HIV/AIDS patients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Hillary served as a Graduate Policy Intern at Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She also was a Graduate Erikson Fellow at the University of Chicago with Access Community Health Network. 

Hillary has a dual BA in Political Science and History from The College of William & Mary and an AM from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in Health Policy.

Bray

Hillary

Senior Associate

202.207.3832

Hillary Bray, Senior Associate, advises Avalere clients on the Affordable Care Act and  federal health policy.  Hillary has particular expertise in federal budget issues and the impact of sequestration, as well as exchange benefit designs and care for HIV/AIDS patients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Hillary served as a Graduate Policy Intern at Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She also was a Graduate Erikson Fellow at the University of Chicago with Access Community Health Network. 

Hillary has a dual BA in Political Science and History from The College of William & Mary and an AM from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in Health Policy.

Leigh Ann Bruhn

Director

Leigh Ann
Bruhn

Leigh Ann Bruhn, Director at Avalere Health, advises clients on market access, product commercialization and value strategy.  In her prior pharmaceutical and medical device career, she led 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 primacy care and specialty products. Leigh Ann is a frequent speaker on accountable care organizations, payment and delivery reform and specialty pharmaceuticals/specialty pharmacy.

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

Director

202.207.3825

Leigh Ann Bruhn, Director at Avalere Health, advises clients on market access, product commercialization and value strategy.  In her prior pharmaceutical and medical device career, she led 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 primacy care and specialty products. Leigh Ann is a frequent speaker on accountable care organizations, payment and delivery reform and specialty pharmaceuticals/specialty pharmacy.

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

Manager

Michelle
Bruno

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

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

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

Bruno

Michelle

Manager

202.459.6332

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

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

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

Carrie Williams Bullock

Director

Carrie Williams
Bullock

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

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

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

Bullock

Carrie Williams

Director

202.207.1304

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

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

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

Craig Burton

Director

Craig
Burton

Craig Burton, Director, provides strategic advice and insight on a range of health policy issues for life science companies, health plans and other Avalere clients.  He helps clients anticipate and plan for the impact of legislative, regulatory and other market dynamics, with particular attention to crafting policy options that are closely tied to clients’ specific business needs.

With more than 16 years of experience in Federal health care policy, Craig has unique expertise in health reform, FDA policy, and the Federal budget process.  Prior to joining Avalere, Craig directed the Federal health policy and government relations functions at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.  He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Budget & Science) to then HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and Secretary Michael Leavitt, and as Health Policy Advisor for Senate Majority Leader William Frist.

Craig has a B.A. in Economics and History from Hampden-Sydney College. 

Burton

Craig

Director

202-355-6082

Craig Burton, Director, provides strategic advice and insight on a range of health policy issues for life science companies, health plans and other Avalere clients.  He helps clients anticipate and plan for the impact of legislative, regulatory and other market dynamics, with particular attention to crafting policy options that are closely tied to clients’ specific business needs.

With more than 16 years of experience in Federal health care policy, Craig has unique expertise in health reform, FDA policy, and the Federal budget process.  Prior to joining Avalere, Craig directed the Federal health policy and government relations functions at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.  He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Budget & Science) to then HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and Secretary Michael Leavitt, and as Health Policy Advisor for Senate Majority Leader William Frist.

Craig has a B.A. in Economics and History from Hampden-Sydney College. 

Trinh Cao

Project Manager

Trinh
Cao

Trinh Cao, Project 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

Project Manager

202.207.3681

Trinh Cao, Project 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.

Tanisha Carino

Executive Vice President

Tanisha
Carino

Tanisha Carino, Executive Vice President, oversees Avalere's strategic advisory and research services for the nation's leading life sciences companies. For close to a decade, Tanisha has worked with senior leadership in FORTUNE 500 companies to establish organizational goals and align their internal functions to capture opportunities and mitigate challenges related to evolving regulatory, evidence, and commercial trends.  Tanisha is a recognized thought leader in health technology assessments and comparative effectiveness research and the role of quality and performance measurement in U.S. healthcare and established Avalere’s Center on Evidence Based Medicine in 2006.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tanisha was a policy analyst in the Coverage and Analysis Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

Tanisha has a PhD in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University and is a Fulbright scholar.  She serves as an associate faculty member in Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a board member of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and Bread for the City in Washington, D.C.

Carino

Tanisha

Executive Vice President

202.207.3677

Tanisha Carino, Executive Vice President, oversees Avalere's strategic advisory and research services for the nation's leading life sciences companies. For close to a decade, Tanisha has worked with senior leadership in FORTUNE 500 companies to establish organizational goals and align their internal functions to capture opportunities and mitigate challenges related to evolving regulatory, evidence, and commercial trends.  Tanisha is a recognized thought leader in health technology assessments and comparative effectiveness research and the role of quality and performance measurement in U.S. healthcare and established Avalere’s Center on Evidence Based Medicine in 2006.

Prior to joining Avalere, Tanisha was a policy analyst in the Coverage and Analysis Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

Tanisha has a PhD in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University and is a Fulbright scholar.  She serves as an associate faculty member in Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a board member of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and Bread for the City in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Carpenter

Director

Elizabeth
Carpenter

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

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

Elizabeth has a BA in Political Science from Brown University.

Carpenter

Elizabeth

Director

202.207.1326

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

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

Elizabeth has a BA in Political Science from Brown University.

Rob Carter

Senior Vice President

Rob
Carter

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

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

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

Carter

Rob

Senior Vice President

202-355-6039

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

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

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

Christine Casey

Senior Associate

Christine
Casey

Christine Casey, Senior Associate, advises pharmaceutical and health plan clients on the implications of health reform.  Christine has a specific expertise in health insurance exchange contracting, plan participation issues, and emerging payment and delivery reforms.

Prior to joining Avalere, Christine served as a Healthcare Consultant in Physician Performance Technologies at The Advisory Board Company.

Christine has a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies and a Certificate in Health Policy from Duke University. 

Casey

Christine

Senior Associate

202.207.3472

Christine Casey, Senior Associate, advises pharmaceutical and health plan clients on the implications of health reform.  Christine has a specific expertise in health insurance exchange contracting, plan participation issues, and emerging payment and delivery reforms.

Prior to joining Avalere, Christine served as a Healthcare Consultant in Physician Performance Technologies at The Advisory Board Company.

Christine has a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies and a Certificate in Health Policy from Duke University. 

Warren Chang

Associate

Warren
Chang

Warren Chang, Business Development Associate, connects healthcare organizations with Avalere's subject matter experts in reimbursement, health economics and outcomes research, evidence-based medicine, and health reform.  Warren also has special expertise in sales.

Prior to joining Avalere’s Business Development Team, Warren served as an IT Technician in our IT Department and as a LAN Technician for MSD, Inc.

Warren is completing a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Chang

Warren

Associate

202.459.6336

Warren Chang, Business Development Associate, connects healthcare organizations with Avalere's subject matter experts in reimbursement, health economics and outcomes research, evidence-based medicine, and health reform.  Warren also has special expertise in sales.

Prior to joining Avalere’s Business Development Team, Warren served as an IT Technician in our IT Department and as a LAN Technician for MSD, Inc.

Warren is completing a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Richard (Rick) Chapman

Vice President

Richard (Rick)
Chapman

Richard (Rick) Chapman, Vice President in our Data Analytics practice, directs the design and analysis of economic evaluations and health outcomes studies. His current work uses observational data sets to examine the economic and health consequences of clinical and policy decisions in various settings.  His research interests and publications have focused on medication adherence, quality of healthcare, and research methodology. 

Before joining Avalere, Rick was a principal in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research practice at IMS Health. Prior to that, he worked on the Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Registry at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. In earlier work, he conducted research on the practice of transfusion medicine as part of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Specialized Center of Research at the Center for Blood Research in Boston.

Rick has a PhD in Health Policy with a concentration in Decision Sciences from Harvard University and a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Chapman

Richard (Rick)

Vice President

202.355.6012

Richard (Rick) Chapman, Vice President in our Data Analytics practice, directs the design and analysis of economic evaluations and health outcomes studies. His current work uses observational data sets to examine the economic and health consequences of clinical and policy decisions in various settings.  His research interests and publications have focused on medication adherence, quality of healthcare, and research methodology. 

Before joining Avalere, Rick was a principal in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research practice at IMS Health. Prior to that, he worked on the Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Registry at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. In earlier work, he conducted research on the practice of transfusion medicine as part of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Specialized Center of Research at the Center for Blood Research in Boston.

Rick has a PhD in Health Policy with a concentration in Decision Sciences from Harvard University and a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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.

Sung Hee Choe

Director

Sung Hee
Choe

Sung Hee Choe, Director, advises clients on public and private payer trends, value propositions and medical technology policy. Sung Hee has special expertise in Medicare coverage, comparative effectiveness research, real-world evidence, and patient engagement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sung Hee served as Vice President, Healthcare Research Analyst for Bank of New York Asset Management and as Vice President, Healthcare Research Analyst for First Republic Investment Management.

Sung Hee has a BA in English and Economics from Mount Holyoke College. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Choe

Sung Hee

Director

202.459.6246

Sung Hee Choe, Director, advises clients on public and private payer trends, value propositions and medical technology policy. Sung Hee has special expertise in Medicare coverage, comparative effectiveness research, real-world evidence, and patient engagement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sung Hee served as Vice President, Healthcare Research Analyst for Bank of New York Asset Management and as Vice President, Healthcare Research Analyst for First Republic Investment Management.

Sung Hee has a BA in English and Economics from Mount Holyoke College. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tonya Clark

Executive Assistant

Tonya
Clark

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

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

Clark

Tonya

Executive Assistant

202.207.1313

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

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

Annie Cloke

Senior Associate

Annie
Cloke

Annie Cloke, Senior Associate, provides research and strategic support to Avalere clients focused on the impact of health reform implementation and state health policy issues. She tracks and analyzes implementation of the dual-eligible demonstrations, Medicaid expansion, and state-based Medicaid reforms, with particular expertise in managed care and pharmaceuticals. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Annie worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene performing research and survey development focused on identifying unmet needs of New York City residents with serious mental illness. Annie has also worked at the National Academy for State Health Policy and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Annie has a BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and a MPA with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Cloke

Annie

Senior Associate

202.207.3805

Annie Cloke, Senior Associate, provides research and strategic support to Avalere clients focused on the impact of health reform implementation and state health policy issues. She tracks and analyzes implementation of the dual-eligible demonstrations, Medicaid expansion, and state-based Medicaid reforms, with particular expertise in managed care and pharmaceuticals. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Annie worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene performing research and survey development focused on identifying unmet needs of New York City residents with serious mental illness. Annie has also worked at the National Academy for State Health Policy and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Annie has a BA in Sociology from Georgetown University and a MPA with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Andrew Cohen

Vice President

Andrew
Cohen

Andrew Cohen, Vice President, advises hospitals, health systems and other organized care providers on strategic business development and operational improvement initiatives.  He applies his background in clinical service development, health system management and ACO development to assist providers in successfully transforming to new delivery system and payment models. 

Prior to Avalere, Andrew was a Managing Director at the Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform, responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the ACO Learning Network.  Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Corporate Service Lines for Valley Health, where he provided administrative leadership for all major service lines to ensure effective clinical program management. Andrew has extensive experience in health services administration and consulting with expertise in strategic planning, program development, physician integration and innovative delivery and payment models.

Andrew has an MHSA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Sociology from Queens College.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Cohen

Andrew

Vice President

Andrew Cohen, Vice President, advises hospitals, health systems and other organized care providers on strategic business development and operational improvement initiatives.  He applies his background in clinical service development, health system management and ACO development to assist providers in successfully transforming to new delivery system and payment models. 

Prior to Avalere, Andrew was a Managing Director at the Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform, responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the ACO Learning Network.  Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Corporate Service Lines for Valley Health, where he provided administrative leadership for all major service lines to ensure effective clinical program management. Andrew has extensive experience in health services administration and consulting with expertise in strategic planning, program development, physician integration and innovative delivery and payment models.

Andrew has an MHSA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Sociology from Queens College.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Josh Cohen

Manager

Josh
Cohen

Josh Cohen, Manager, provides strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Josh also has special expertise in Medicare payment policies, including the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems, End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, and the prescription drug benefit.

Prior to joining Avalere, Josh served as a Research Assistant and Proposal Manager at American Institutes for Research and as a Government and Political Affairs intern at Allied for Retired Americans.

Josh has a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Cohen

Josh

Manager

202.207.1339

Josh Cohen, Manager, provides strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Josh also has special expertise in Medicare payment policies, including the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems, End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, and the prescription drug benefit.

Prior to joining Avalere, Josh served as a Research Assistant and Proposal Manager at American Institutes for Research and as a Government and Political Affairs intern at Allied for Retired Americans.

Josh has a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

David Colon-Margolies

Associate

David
Colon-Margolies

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

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

David has a BA from the George Washington University.

Colon-Margolies

David

Associate

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

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

David has a BA from the George Washington University.

Mary Coppage

Director

Mary
Coppage

Mary Coppage, Director, advises clients on payment and delivery reforms and health information technology policy.  Mary’s expertise lies in accountable care organizations (ACOs), hospital value-based purchasing, and care transitions.  She helps our provider, health plan, and life sciences clients formulate and execute plans for engaging in ACOs and developing and implementing care transition strategies.  

Before joining Avalere, Mary held operations, compliance, and member advocacy roles at Presbyterian Health Plan in New Mexico. Prior to Presbyterian, Mary was a Field Representative and Constituent Liaison in the Office of Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM).

Mary graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Mexico with BAs in Political Science and Psychology.

Coppage

Mary

Director

202.459.6272

Mary Coppage, Director, advises clients on payment and delivery reforms and health information technology policy.  Mary’s expertise lies in accountable care organizations (ACOs), hospital value-based purchasing, and care transitions.  She helps our provider, health plan, and life sciences clients formulate and execute plans for engaging in ACOs and developing and implementing care transition strategies.  

Before joining Avalere, Mary held operations, compliance, and member advocacy roles at Presbyterian Health Plan in New Mexico. Prior to Presbyterian, Mary was a Field Representative and Constituent Liaison in the Office of Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM).

Mary graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Mexico with BAs in Political Science and Psychology.

Stephanie Cramer

Executive Advisor

Stephanie
Cramer

Stephanie Cramer, Executive Advisor, leads business development and strategic planning for Avalere’s Business Intelligence, data-driven platforms that allow life sciences companies to anticipate and prepare for changes in the evidence landscape. She advises clients on the most impactful method of consuming and utilizing data and applies her background in strategic growth and development to establish a competitive advantage through comparative effectiveness research and industry trends. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Stephanie was Director of Operations and Administration at a DC lobbying firm, responsible for developing business opportunities through strategic partnerships and analysis of healthcare policy proposals, legislation and public trends. Prior to that, she managed a portfolio of biopharmaceutical companies, IT solutions providers and private equity firms.

Stephanie has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and a BA from the University of South Florida.

Cramer

Stephanie

Executive Advisor

202-207-3819
Stephanie Cramer, Executive Advisor, leads business development and strategic planning for Avalere’s Business Intelligence, data-driven platforms that allow life sciences companies to anticipate and prepare for changes in the evidence landscape. She advises clients on the most impactful method of consuming and utilizing data and applies her background in strategic growth and development to establish a competitive advantage through comparative effectiveness research and industry trends. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Stephanie was Director of Operations and Administration at a DC lobbying firm, responsible for developing business opportunities through strategic partnerships and analysis of healthcare policy proposals, legislation and public trends. Prior to that, she managed a portfolio of biopharmaceutical companies, IT solutions providers and private equity firms.

Stephanie has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and a BA from the University of South Florida.

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 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 and PHR certification in Human Resources.

Margery Cunningham

Vice President

Margery
Cunningham

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

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

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

Cunningham

Margery

Vice President

202.207.3462

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

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

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

David Curameng

Analyst

David
Curameng

David Curameng, Research Analyst, provides support on the production of deliverables and other materials to members of the Reimbursement practice.  David provides strong support in ad-hoc research to identify key information for project teams.  In addition, he has special expertise in communication and has developed and maintained relationships with various healthcare contacts.

Prior to joining Avalere, David served as an Assistant Manager for Häagen-Dazs, conducted social media for Maple Jam Music Group, and interned for OTM Partners, LLC/BrandMind Group, Inc.

David has a BS in Business from Wake Forest University.

Curameng

David

Analyst

202.459.6318

David Curameng, Research Analyst, provides support on the production of deliverables and other materials to members of the Reimbursement practice.  David provides strong support in ad-hoc research to identify key information for project teams.  In addition, he has special expertise in communication and has developed and maintained relationships with various healthcare contacts.

Prior to joining Avalere, David served as an Assistant Manager for Häagen-Dazs, conducted social media for Maple Jam Music Group, and interned for OTM Partners, LLC/BrandMind Group, Inc.

David has a BS in Business from Wake Forest University.

Emily Curran

Associate

Emily
Curran

Emily Curran, Associate, supports clients in responding to health insurance marketplace reforms, including the Affordable Care Act. In addition to health reform, she has expertise relating to dual eligible beneficiaries and Medicare Advantage. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Emily worked at the George Washington University Hospital and as a research assistant in GW’s School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy. In this capacity, she studied the impact of state policies and Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services Program on residential settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Formerly, she completed her Master’s Practicum at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, as well as numerous internships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Office of Inspector General, American Public Health Association, Let’s Move! Campaign and in the office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed (RI). 

Emily earned an advanced dual-degree, with a BS in Public Health and a MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Delta Omega. 

Curran

Emily

Associate

Emily Curran, Associate, supports clients in responding to health insurance marketplace reforms, including the Affordable Care Act. In addition to health reform, she has expertise relating to dual eligible beneficiaries and Medicare Advantage. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Emily worked at the George Washington University Hospital and as a research assistant in GW’s School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy. In this capacity, she studied the impact of state policies and Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services Program on residential settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Formerly, she completed her Master’s Practicum at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, as well as numerous internships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Office of Inspector General, American Public Health Association, Let’s Move! Campaign and in the office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed (RI). 

Emily earned an advanced dual-degree, with a BS in Public Health and a MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Delta Omega. 

Barry Dalin

Senior Associate

Barry
Dalin

Barry Dalin, Senior Associate, advises clients on evidence generation, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Barry works with life sciences companies to ensure that the evidence generated to support their products leads to optimal coverage policies and reimbursement rates. His recent focus has involved assisting clients with navigating through the rapidly evolving regulatory and coverage landscape for molecular/companion diagnostic tests as well as other innovative medical technologies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Barry interned at the Alliance for Retired America, a subsidiary of the AFL-CIO, and the office of Rep. John Olver (D-MA).

Barry has a BA in Political Science and a Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dalin

Barry

Senior Associate

202.207.1335

Barry Dalin, Senior Associate, advises clients on evidence generation, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Barry works with life sciences companies to ensure that the evidence generated to support their products leads to optimal coverage policies and reimbursement rates. His recent focus has involved assisting clients with navigating through the rapidly evolving regulatory and coverage landscape for molecular/companion diagnostic tests as well as other innovative medical technologies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Barry interned at the Alliance for Retired America, a subsidiary of the AFL-CIO, and the office of Rep. John Olver (D-MA).

Barry has a BA in Political Science and a Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Adonica Daniels

Executive Assistant

Adonica
Daniels

Adonica Daniels, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, travel coordination, time management and research. She assists Avalere’s senior level staff within the Data Analytics, Provider Client Solutions and Post- Acute Care/Long -Term Care practices by providing customer service and client follow-up.

Prior to joining Avalere, Adonica served as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner of Iron Point Partners, LLC and as Executive Assistant for the President and CEO of GKA, PC.

Daniels

Adonica

Executive Assistant

Adonica Daniels, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, travel coordination, time management and research. She assists Avalere’s senior level staff within the Data Analytics, Provider Client Solutions and Post- Acute Care/Long -Term Care practices by providing customer service and client follow-up.

Prior to joining Avalere, Adonica served as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner of Iron Point Partners, LLC and as Executive Assistant for the President and CEO of GKA, PC.

Virna Dapic

Manager

Virna
Dapic

Virna Dapic, Manager, advises clients on developments in the regulatory space pertaining to patient-focused drug development, as well as impact of policies on product market access.

Prior to joining Avalere, Virna served as an Independent Consultant for the Florida Department of Health and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.  Prior to CER fellowship, Virna worked as a Scientific Information Specialist for Information Management Consultants, Inc.

Virna has a BS in Biology from Northland College and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She served as the first chair of Moffitt Postdoctoral Association, and as an International Officer at the National Postdoctoral Association.

Dapic

Virna

Manager

202.355.6009

Virna Dapic, Manager, advises clients on developments in the regulatory space pertaining to patient-focused drug development, as well as impact of policies on product market access.

Prior to joining Avalere, Virna served as an Independent Consultant for the Florida Department of Health and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.  Prior to CER fellowship, Virna worked as a Scientific Information Specialist for Information Management Consultants, Inc.

Virna has a BS in Biology from Northland College and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She served as the first chair of Moffitt Postdoctoral Association, and as an International Officer at the National Postdoctoral Association.

Vonzy Davis

Executive Assistant

Vonzy
Davis

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

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

Davis

Vonzy

Executive Assistant

202.207.3460

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

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

Daniel R. Day

Senior Associate

Daniel R.
Day

Daniel R. Day, Senior Associate, 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 Associate

202.207.1301

Daniel R. Day, Senior Associate, 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. 

Caitlin Delaney

Senior Associate

Caitlin
Delaney

Caitlin Delaney, Senior Associate, provides research and analytic support for hospitals, healthcare networks, and health plans, with a particular emphasis on payment and delivery reform, accountable care organizations, and patient-centered medical homes. She contributes to reports focused on care coordination opportunities, post-acute and acute care partnerships, and hospital industry trends. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Caitlin worked at the Advisory Board Company. She has also worked at Project Sunshine in New York City, a non-profit organization that provides recreational and educational activities to hospitalized children.   

Caitlin has BAs in Economics and Spanish from Bucknell University.   

Delaney

Caitlin

Senior Associate

202.459.6320

Caitlin Delaney, Senior Associate, provides research and analytic support for hospitals, healthcare networks, and health plans, with a particular emphasis on payment and delivery reform, accountable care organizations, and patient-centered medical homes. She contributes to reports focused on care coordination opportunities, post-acute and acute care partnerships, and hospital industry trends. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Caitlin worked at the Advisory Board Company. She has also worked at Project Sunshine in New York City, a non-profit organization that provides recreational and educational activities to hospitalized children.   

Caitlin has BAs in Economics and Spanish from Bucknell University.   

Gary Delhougne

Director

Gary
Delhougne

Gary Delhougne, Director, advises clients with strategic and tactical reimbursement issues across medical devices, diagnostics and biotech. Gary has special expertise in developing reimbursement strategy, landscape assessments and due diligence.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Gary was Senior Director, Healthcare Economics, Policy & Reimbursement at Covidien Surgical Solutions where he advised senior leadership on reimbursement and health policy issues.  Gary gained significant experience in supporting the commercialization of products, conducting landscape assessments to inform strategy and reviewing products and companies for acquisition.  Gary was also a Senior Advisor in Ernst & Young, LLP’s healthcare advisory services unit specializing in hospital Medicare cost reporting, DSH reimbursement and wage index.

Gary has a JD and a MA in Health Administration from St. Louis University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Gary is a member of the Missouri Bar.  

Delhougne

Gary

Director

Gary Delhougne, Director, advises clients with strategic and tactical reimbursement issues across medical devices, diagnostics and biotech. Gary has special expertise in developing reimbursement strategy, landscape assessments and due diligence.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Gary was Senior Director, Healthcare Economics, Policy & Reimbursement at Covidien Surgical Solutions where he advised senior leadership on reimbursement and health policy issues.  Gary gained significant experience in supporting the commercialization of products, conducting landscape assessments to inform strategy and reviewing products and companies for acquisition.  Gary was also a Senior Advisor in Ernst & Young, LLP’s healthcare advisory services unit specializing in hospital Medicare cost reporting, DSH reimbursement and wage index.

Gary has a JD and a MA in Health Administration from St. Louis University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Gary is a member of the Missouri Bar.  

Carole Dembek

Director

Carole
Dembek

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

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

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

Dembek

Carole

Director

202.207.3467

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

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

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

Kevin Dietz

Vice President

Kevin
Dietz

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

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

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

Dietz

Kevin

Vice President

202.459.6259

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

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

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

Sarah Donovan

Director

Sarah
Donovan

Sarah Donovan, Director, 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

Director

202.459.6271

Sarah Donovan, Director, 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.

Zach Drouin

Project Manager

Zach
Drouin

Zach Drouin, IT Business Systems Administrator, 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

Project Manager

202.207.3838

Zach Drouin, IT Business Systems Administrator, 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.

Rachel Dukes

Senior Associate

Rachel
Dukes

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

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

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

Dukes

Rachel

Senior Associate

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

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

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

Erica Eisenhart

Director

Erica
Eisenhart

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

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

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

Eisenhart

Erica

Director

202.207.3815

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

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

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

Niajee Ervin

Executive Assistant

Niajee
Ervin

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

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

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

Ervin

Niajee

Executive Assistant

202.459.6284

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

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

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

Matthew Eyles

Executive Vice President

Matthew
Eyles

Matthew D. Eyles, Executive Vice President, guides Avalere’s focus on healthcare reform, health plans, providers, and data analytics.

Matt joins Avalere from Coventry Healthcare, where he oversaw policy, government relations, and corporate communications, and was central to crafting the firm's strategy on exchanges, Medicaid, and Medicare. Before his work for Coventry, he directed worldwide policy at Wyeth, and began his career as a healthcare analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.

Matt has a BA in Political Science from George Washington University and a MS in Public Policy from the University of Rochester.

Eyles

Matthew

Executive Vice President

202.207.3676

Matthew D. Eyles, Executive Vice President, guides Avalere’s focus on healthcare reform, health plans, providers, and data analytics.

Matt joins Avalere from Coventry Healthcare, where he oversaw policy, government relations, and corporate communications, and was central to crafting the firm's strategy on exchanges, Medicaid, and Medicare. Before his work for Coventry, he directed worldwide policy at Wyeth, and began his career as a healthcare analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.

Matt has a BA in Political Science from George Washington University and a MS in Public Policy from the University of Rochester.

Molly Farber

Manager

Molly
Farber

​Molly Farber, Manager, oversees terms of service for the Vantage Care Positioning System and advises provider clients on post-acute care partnership strategies and market development.  She leverages her experience with business intelligence solutions and health system clientele to support post-acute and long-term care provider clients in their adoption of data-driven initiatives and development strategies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Molly served as a Senior Account Manager for the Advisory Board Company’s Performance Technologies, managing contractual relationships and data services for national health systems.  Her areas of specific expertise include health system operations across surgical services, supply chain and revenue cycle.

Molly has a Bachelor’s degree in International and Middle Eastern Studies from Middlebury College.

Farber

Molly

Manager

202.459.6302

​Molly Farber, Manager, oversees terms of service for the Vantage Care Positioning System and advises provider clients on post-acute care partnership strategies and market development.  She leverages her experience with business intelligence solutions and health system clientele to support post-acute and long-term care provider clients in their adoption of data-driven initiatives and development strategies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Molly served as a Senior Account Manager for the Advisory Board Company’s Performance Technologies, managing contractual relationships and data services for national health systems.  Her areas of specific expertise include health system operations across surgical services, supply chain and revenue cycle.

Molly has a Bachelor’s degree in International and Middle Eastern Studies from Middlebury College.

Briana Fisler Hovermale

Manager

Briana
Fisler Hovermale

Briana Fisler Hovermale, Manager in Avalere’s Reimbursement and Product Commercialization Services Practice, advises clients on reimbursement and market access challenges with a focus on oncology and orphan products. Briana also has special expertise in physician and hospital payment, drug pricing and durable medical equipment. 

Prior to re- joining Avalere, Briana was a Business Analyst at the UNC Family Medicine Center, developing models to assess cost solutions and leading workflow standardization efforts. Previously she was a Data Analyst at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Strategic Analysis and Reporting Department, manipulating and interpreting data sets and assisting in the alignment of financial operations with strategic goals and national benchmarking. Briana is also a Certified Application Counselor who assists individuals to understand, apply and enroll in health coverage via the Marketplace. 

Briana holds a BA in English and Spanish from Appalachian State University and an MSPH in Health Policy and Management from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

Fisler Hovermale

Briana

Manager

202-355-6029

Briana Fisler Hovermale, Manager in Avalere’s Reimbursement and Product Commercialization Services Practice, advises clients on reimbursement and market access challenges with a focus on oncology and orphan products. Briana also has special expertise in physician and hospital payment, drug pricing and durable medical equipment. 

Prior to re- joining Avalere, Briana was a Business Analyst at the UNC Family Medicine Center, developing models to assess cost solutions and leading workflow standardization efforts. Previously she was a Data Analyst at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Strategic Analysis and Reporting Department, manipulating and interpreting data sets and assisting in the alignment of financial operations with strategic goals and national benchmarking. Briana is also a Certified Application Counselor who assists individuals to understand, apply and enroll in health coverage via the Marketplace. 

Briana holds a BA in English and Spanish from Appalachian State University and an MSPH in Health Policy and Management from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. 

Eleanor Fitall

Senior Associate

Eleanor
Fitall

Eleanor Fitall, Senior Associate, 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

Senior Associate

202.207.3824

Eleanor Fitall, Senior Associate, 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.

Kaitlyn Frenette

Associate

Kaitlyn
Frenette

Kaitlyn Frenette, Associate, supports clients on market access, product commercialization and reimbursement policy. She applies her background in hospital outpatient procedures and HCPCS coding to help pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical device companies optimize access to their products.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Kaitlyn interned as an Ambulatory Service Representative at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Cardiology, assisting clinic patients and visitors with scheduling and payment.

Kaitlyn has BA from Stonehill College with a concentration in Psychology and Healthcare Administration. 

Frenette

Kaitlyn

Associate

Kaitlyn Frenette, Associate, supports clients on market access, product commercialization and reimbursement policy. She applies her background in hospital outpatient procedures and HCPCS coding to help pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical device companies optimize access to their products.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Kaitlyn interned as an Ambulatory Service Representative at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Cardiology, assisting clinic patients and visitors with scheduling and payment.

Kaitlyn has BA from Stonehill College with a concentration in Psychology and Healthcare Administration. 

Miryam Frieder

Director

Miryam
Frieder

Miryam Frieder, Director, 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

Director

202.207.3806

Miryam Frieder, Director, 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.

Brian Fuller

Director

Brian
Fuller

Brian Fuller, Director, brings over 10 years of experience and strategic support to clients in the post-acute care and long-term care settings.  Brian is a leading expert on care integration and partnership development across the continuum, including evaluating and implementing new payment models such as bundled payment and ACOs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian was a Senior Consultant with Health Dimensions Group, providing strategic advice to a variety of healthcare stakeholders around new business models, care delivery approaches and partnership options. He has been actively involved in CMS’ bundled payment for care improvement initiative, authoring applications and serving as an expert panel reviewer. Prior, Brian was the VP, Business Development and Planning for Brooks Health System, a not-for-profit integrated post-acute healthcare system based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Brian holds an MBA from Georgia Southern University and a BS from the University of Georgia, and is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

Fuller

Brian

Director

202.459.6305

Brian Fuller, Director, brings over 10 years of experience and strategic support to clients in the post-acute care and long-term care settings.  Brian is a leading expert on care integration and partnership development across the continuum, including evaluating and implementing new payment models such as bundled payment and ACOs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Brian was a Senior Consultant with Health Dimensions Group, providing strategic advice to a variety of healthcare stakeholders around new business models, care delivery approaches and partnership options. He has been actively involved in CMS’ bundled payment for care improvement initiative, authoring applications and serving as an expert panel reviewer. Prior, Brian was the VP, Business Development and Planning for Brooks Health System, a not-for-profit integrated post-acute healthcare system based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Brian holds an MBA from Georgia Southern University and a BS from the University of Georgia, and is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

Jenny Gaffney

Director

Jenny
Gaffney

Jenny Gaffney, Director, advises clients on how to optimize public and private coverage for medical devices, diagnostics, and physician-administered drugs.  Jenny has specific expertise in assisting clients engage in Medicare’s national coverage determination process; prepare for Medicare’s increasing application of coverage with evidence development; and assess and mitigate a product’s risk of health technology assessment review and/or payer scrutiny.      

Prior to joining Avalere, Jenny served as a consultant intern for New Sector Alliance and as a Marketing Analyst for Project Grad USA.

Jenny has an AB in Government from Harvard University with minors in Health Policy and Economics.

Gaffney

Jenny

Director

202.207.3839

Jenny Gaffney, Director, advises clients on how to optimize public and private coverage for medical devices, diagnostics, and physician-administered drugs.  Jenny has specific expertise in assisting clients engage in Medicare’s national coverage determination process; prepare for Medicare’s increasing application of coverage with evidence development; and assess and mitigate a product’s risk of health technology assessment review and/or payer scrutiny.      

Prior to joining Avalere, Jenny served as a consultant intern for New Sector Alliance and as a Marketing Analyst for Project Grad USA.

Jenny has an AB in Government from Harvard University with minors in Health Policy and Economics.

Nelly Ganesan

Senior Manager

Nelly
Ganesan

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

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

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

Ganesan

Nelly

Senior Manager

202.207.3469

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

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

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

Stefanie Garcia

Executive Assistant

Stefanie
Garcia

Stefanie Garcia, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research. Stefanie prioritizes organization and productivity for several practices in Avalere.  Stefanie focuses closely on leveraging our team’s time, responsibilities and project management.

Prior to joining Avalere, Stefanie served as a Meetings Administrator for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and as a Receptionist at Daylight Forensic & Advisory LLC.  As Meetings Administrator, Stefanie planned and executed more than 100 meetings per year. At Daylight Forensic, Stefanie helped grow a new company in the areas of regulatory consulting and fraud investigation.

Stefanie has a BFA in Drama from New York University.

Garcia

Stefanie

Executive Assistant

202.459.6248

Stefanie Garcia, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research. Stefanie prioritizes organization and productivity for several practices in Avalere.  Stefanie focuses closely on leveraging our team’s time, responsibilities and project management.

Prior to joining Avalere, Stefanie served as a Meetings Administrator for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and as a Receptionist at Daylight Forensic & Advisory LLC.  As Meetings Administrator, Stefanie planned and executed more than 100 meetings per year. At Daylight Forensic, Stefanie helped grow a new company in the areas of regulatory consulting and fraud investigation.

Stefanie has a BFA in Drama from New York University.

Debbie Garner

Director

Debbie
Garner

Debbie Garner is Regional Director of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) Region for Avalere International.  Debbie brings nearly 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry in the US and EMEA including positions in sales, sales management, product management, marketing, and professional services.

In particular, Debbie spent 11 years at Eli Lilly and Company, both in the US and in Israel, in senior marketing, sales management, and managed care positions in the therapeutic areas of women's health, neuroscience, neurology, and endocrinology. Most recently, she was involved in health information technology markets as the EMEA Director of Professional Services for iMDsoft, a company specializing in clinical information systems for the critical care environments of the ICU and the OR.

Debbie has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard College and a MBA in Finance and Multinational Marketing and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Garner

Debbie

Director

202.459.6283

Debbie Garner is Regional Director of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) Region for Avalere International.  Debbie brings nearly 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry in the US and EMEA including positions in sales, sales management, product management, marketing, and professional services.

In particular, Debbie spent 11 years at Eli Lilly and Company, both in the US and in Israel, in senior marketing, sales management, and managed care positions in the therapeutic areas of women's health, neuroscience, neurology, and endocrinology. Most recently, she was involved in health information technology markets as the EMEA Director of Professional Services for iMDsoft, a company specializing in clinical information systems for the critical care environments of the ICU and the OR.

Debbie has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard College and a MBA in Finance and Multinational Marketing and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Priya Gaur

Associate

Priya
Gaur

Priya Gaur, Associate, 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

Associate

202.207.3807

Priya Gaur, Associate, 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.

Helina Gebremariam

Associate

Helina
Gebremariam

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

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

Helina has a BA from Columbia University in Biochemistry.

Gebremariam

Helina

Associate

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

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

Helina has a BA from Columbia University in Biochemistry.

Andrew Gendreau

Senior Manager

Andrew
Gendreau

Andrew Gendreau, Senior Manager, provides due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector. His work focuses on evaluating and quantifying regulatory, reimbursement, and legislative risks to potential healthcare investments. Andrew has worked on more than 30 healthcare transactions as part of our Financial Services practice, including diligence on hospitals and post-acute providers, specialty physician practices, life sciences manufacturers, outsourced Medicaid services, and behavioral/mental health providers.

Prior to Avalere, Andrew was at Optimal Solutions Group, where he worked on large scale, randomized-trial research projects for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Andrew has a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and a MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Gendreau

Andrew

Senior Manager

202.459.6294

Andrew Gendreau, Senior Manager, provides due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector. His work focuses on evaluating and quantifying regulatory, reimbursement, and legislative risks to potential healthcare investments. Andrew has worked on more than 30 healthcare transactions as part of our Financial Services practice, including diligence on hospitals and post-acute providers, specialty physician practices, life sciences manufacturers, outsourced Medicaid services, and behavioral/mental health providers.

Prior to Avalere, Andrew was at Optimal Solutions Group, where he worked on large scale, randomized-trial research projects for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Andrew has a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and a MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Amanda Gerber

Associate

Amanda
Gerber

Amanda Gerber, Associate, advises Avalere clients on reimbursement, coverage, and policy issues.  Amanda also has special expertise in specialty pharmacy.

Prior to joining Avalere, she served as a Research & Development and Marketing Intern at CareMetx.

Amanda has a BA in Organizational Studies with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Michigan.

Gerber

Amanda

Associate

202.207.1321

Amanda Gerber, Associate, advises Avalere clients on reimbursement, coverage, and policy issues.  Amanda also has special expertise in specialty pharmacy.

Prior to joining Avalere, she served as a Research & Development and Marketing Intern at CareMetx.

Amanda has a BA in Organizational Studies with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Michigan.

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.

Robert Gerson

Manager

Robert
Gerson

Robert Gerson, Manager, advises clients on hospital inpatient and outpatient coding and payment, public and private payer coverage, and due diligence technology assessments. Robert also has special expertise in medical devices and reimbursement issues for cardiovascular therapies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Robert served as a Health Policy Analyst for McDermott Will & Emery, LLP focusing on hospital payment adjustments and as a Policy Analyst for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, concentrating on beneficiary access.

Robert has a BA in Government and Politics and a MPP from American University.

Gerson

Robert

Manager

202.459.6250

Robert Gerson, Manager, advises clients on hospital inpatient and outpatient coding and payment, public and private payer coverage, and due diligence technology assessments. Robert also has special expertise in medical devices and reimbursement issues for cardiovascular therapies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Robert served as a Health Policy Analyst for McDermott Will & Emery, LLP focusing on hospital payment adjustments and as a Policy Analyst for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, concentrating on beneficiary access.

Robert has a BA in Government and Politics and a MPP from American University.

Shareef Ghanem

Manager

Shareef
Ghanem

Shareef Ghanem, Manager, provides due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector. His work focuses on evaluating and quantifying regulatory, reimbursement, and legislative risks to potential healthcare investments. Shareef has worked on over 20 healthcare transactions as part of our Financial Services practice.

Prior to joining Avalere, Shareef worked as a Research Program Assistant at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, Shareef has worked as a Research Assistant at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the cancer biology division.

Shareef has a BA in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Interventions as well as a minor in Bioethics from Johns Hopkins University.

Ghanem

Shareef

Manager

202.207.3817

Shareef Ghanem, Manager, provides due diligence and advisory services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector. His work focuses on evaluating and quantifying regulatory, reimbursement, and legislative risks to potential healthcare investments. Shareef has worked on over 20 healthcare transactions as part of our Financial Services practice.

Prior to joining Avalere, Shareef worked as a Research Program Assistant at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, Shareef has worked as a Research Assistant at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the cancer biology division.

Shareef has a BA in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Interventions as well as a minor in Bioethics from Johns Hopkins University.

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

Payroll Accountant

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

Payroll Accountant

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

Associate

Daniel
Goldberg

Daniel Goldberg, Associate, assists clients in navigating health reform legislation and federal health policy. He applies his background in hospital administration, systems improvement and research support to guide the utilization of evidence-based practices.  Daniel has specific expertise in risk-based payment models and hospital value-based purchasing in the context of the Affordable Care Act.  

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 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

Associate

202-355-6048

Daniel Goldberg, Associate, assists clients in navigating health reform legislation and federal health policy. He applies his background in hospital administration, systems improvement and research support to guide the utilization of evidence-based practices.  Daniel has specific expertise in risk-based payment models and hospital value-based purchasing in the context of the Affordable Care Act.  

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 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.  

Ashley Gray

Senior Associate

Ashley
Gray

Ashley Gray, Senior Associate, provides strategic support to Avalere’s life sciences clients regarding health reform implementation, with a particular focus on state and federal Medicaid policy issues. Ashley also has special expertise in efforts to improve care coordination for beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley was a Graduate Research Assistant and Research Fellow at the Schroeder Center for Health Policy at the College of William and Mary, conducting STEM-H and health economic initiatives research analysis and Medicare Advantage meta-analysis.  She also assisted in the research and design of a health literacy evaluation program. In addition, Ashley previously served as an intern in the Medicaid and Duals Policy Unit and Research Program at WellPoint, Inc.

Ashley has an MPP in Health Policy from the College of William and Mary and a BA in English, Philosophy, and Public Policy from Vanderbilt University. 

Gray

Ashley

Senior Associate

Ashley Gray, Senior Associate, provides strategic support to Avalere’s life sciences clients regarding health reform implementation, with a particular focus on state and federal Medicaid policy issues. Ashley also has special expertise in efforts to improve care coordination for beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Ashley was a Graduate Research Assistant and Research Fellow at the Schroeder Center for Health Policy at the College of William and Mary, conducting STEM-H and health economic initiatives research analysis and Medicare Advantage meta-analysis.  She also assisted in the research and design of a health literacy evaluation program. In addition, Ashley previously served as an intern in the Medicaid and Duals Policy Unit and Research Program at WellPoint, Inc.

Ashley has an MPP in Health Policy from the College of William and Mary and a BA in English, Philosophy, and Public Policy from Vanderbilt University. 

Emily Hamilton

Senior Associate

Emily
Hamilton

Emily Hamilton, Senior Associate, helps clients navigate the effects of health reform implementation. She has a particular expertise in health insurance exchanges.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Emily served as a Research Assistant at Columbia University and completed internships with the Greater NYC affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program, and Amphion Innovations. 

Emily has a BA in Economics and Psychology from Macalester College and a MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Hamilton

Emily

Senior Associate

202.207.3816

Emily Hamilton, Senior Associate, helps clients navigate the effects of health reform implementation. She has a particular expertise in health insurance exchanges.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Emily served as a Research Assistant at Columbia University and completed internships with the Greater NYC affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program, and Amphion Innovations. 

Emily has a BA in Economics and Psychology from Macalester College and a MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Eric Hammelman

Vice President

Eric
Hammelman

Eric Hammelman, Vice President, provides data-driven analysis of the impact of payment policies on healthcare patterns. He helps clients across multiple sectors understand how data can better inform their business strategies, including responding to emerging trends such as medical homes and accountable care organizations, or shaping new payment policies including payment bundles. He also provides economic forecasts to meet different needs, including company-specific revenue and cost trends, industry-level expectations, or Congressional Budget Office-style legislative scores.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eric was an Associate Analyst with JPMorgan, where he analyzed healthcare service companies and provided investment advice to institutional investors. 

Eric has a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from the Marshall School of Business (University of Southern California), and a Masters of Music Performance from the Mannes College of Music in New York, NY. Eric is a CFA charterholder.

Hammelman

Eric

Vice President

202.207.1303

Eric Hammelman, Vice President, provides data-driven analysis of the impact of payment policies on healthcare patterns. He helps clients across multiple sectors understand how data can better inform their business strategies, including responding to emerging trends such as medical homes and accountable care organizations, or shaping new payment policies including payment bundles. He also provides economic forecasts to meet different needs, including company-specific revenue and cost trends, industry-level expectations, or Congressional Budget Office-style legislative scores.

Prior to joining Avalere, Eric was an Associate Analyst with JPMorgan, where he analyzed healthcare service companies and provided investment advice to institutional investors. 

Eric has a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from the Marshall School of Business (University of Southern California), and a Masters of Music Performance from the Mannes College of Music in New York, NY. Eric is a CFA charterholder.

Holly Hand

Executive Assistant

Holly
Hand

Holly Hand, Executive Assistant and Office Manager, 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

Executive Assistant

202.355.6024

Holly Hand, Executive Assistant and Office Manager, 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.

Christine Harhaj

Senior Manager

Christine
Harhaj

Christine Harhaj, Senior Manager, advises Avalere clients on state and federal implementation of the ACA, focusing on health insurance exchanges and the implications of reform on prescription drug cost sharing.  She also provides strategic support to clients on Medicare Part D issues, particularly the evolution of specialty tiers and other benefit design trends. 

In addition, Christine leads the team responsible for maintaining Avalere’s proprietary DataFrame® database, which provides insight into the Medicare marketplace, including enrollment patterns, carrier participation, plan formularies, cost-sharing requirements and other benefit structures.  Christine also focuses on care coordination for beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. 

Christine has a BS in Public Health with a secondary field concentration in Business Administration from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute of Public Health.

Harhaj

Christine

Senior Manager

202-459-6277

Christine Harhaj, Senior Manager, advises Avalere clients on state and federal implementation of the ACA, focusing on health insurance exchanges and the implications of reform on prescription drug cost sharing.  She also provides strategic support to clients on Medicare Part D issues, particularly the evolution of specialty tiers and other benefit design trends. 

In addition, Christine leads the team responsible for maintaining Avalere’s proprietary DataFrame® database, which provides insight into the Medicare marketplace, including enrollment patterns, carrier participation, plan formularies, cost-sharing requirements and other benefit structures.  Christine also focuses on care coordination for beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. 

Christine has a BS in Public Health with a secondary field concentration in Business Administration from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute of Public Health.

Calvin Himelright

Senior Staff Accountant-Revenue

Calvin
Himelright

Calvin Himelright, Senior Staff Accountant-Revenue, advises internal clients on invoicing, time and expense management, and project utilization. Calvin also has special expertise in revenue recognition policies and procedures.

Prior to joining Avalere, Calvin served as a Financial Analyst at L-3 MPRI. At L-3 Calvin was responsible for managing the project life cycle of law enforcement projects which included revenue and accrual reporting, accounts receivable, billing, and project realization reporting.

Calvin has a double major BS in Finance and Business Management from George Mason University and a BS in Accounting from Mason.

Himelright

Calvin

Senior Staff Accountant-Revenue

202.207.3826

Calvin Himelright, Senior Staff Accountant-Revenue, advises internal clients on invoicing, time and expense management, and project utilization. Calvin also has special expertise in revenue recognition policies and procedures.

Prior to joining Avalere, Calvin served as a Financial Analyst at L-3 MPRI. At L-3 Calvin was responsible for managing the project life cycle of law enforcement projects which included revenue and accrual reporting, accounts receivable, billing, and project realization reporting.

Calvin has a double major BS in Finance and Business Management from George Mason University and a BS in Accounting from Mason.

Kate Holemans

Manager

Kate
Holemans

Kate Holemans, Human Resources 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

Manager

202.355.6008

Kate Holemans, Human Resources 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.

Candace Howell

Director

Candace
Howell

Candace Howell, Director, leads the development and implementation of communications programs and training to support healthcare clients. She has special expertise in providing counsel to senior leaders and executing high-level communications strategies to protect and enhance a company’s value and reputation. Candace develops cross-brand and above brand pull-through messaging for the creation of tools and resources for clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Candace was a Communications and Marketing Director at Pfizer Inc., directing communications strategies and developing policy initiatives for commercial products and medical products in emerging markets. Prior to this, in her position as a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers, she supported clients on a wide range of operational, management/training and policy projects and initiatives.

Candace holds a BA in Philosophy from Dartmouth University and an MPH in Policy and Management from Columbia University. She is a member of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and International Association of Business Communicators.

Howell

Candace

Director

202.459.6310

Candace Howell, Director, leads the development and implementation of communications programs and training to support healthcare clients. She has special expertise in providing counsel to senior leaders and executing high-level communications strategies to protect and enhance a company’s value and reputation. Candace develops cross-brand and above brand pull-through messaging for the creation of tools and resources for clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Candace was a Communications and Marketing Director at Pfizer Inc., directing communications strategies and developing policy initiatives for commercial products and medical products in emerging markets. Prior to this, in her position as a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers, she supported clients on a wide range of operational, management/training and policy projects and initiatives.

Candace holds a BA in Philosophy from Dartmouth University and an MPH in Policy and Management from Columbia University. She is a member of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and International Association of Business Communicators.

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.

Brenda Huneycutt

Director

Brenda
Huneycutt

Brenda Huneycutt, PhD, JD, MPH, Director 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. Brenda also helps clients with regulatory exclusivities, including how exclusivities can inform regulatory and life cycle management strategy. Brenda has extensive experience helping clients track, understand and navigate the policy landscape for biologics, biosimilars and interchangeable biologics, and assists clients in informing the policy debate through education, policy positioning and Agency and other stakeholder engagement. 

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

Director

202.459.6331

Brenda Huneycutt, PhD, JD, MPH, Director 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. Brenda also helps clients with regulatory exclusivities, including how exclusivities can inform regulatory and life cycle management strategy. Brenda has extensive experience helping clients track, understand and navigate the policy landscape for biologics, biosimilars and interchangeable biologics, and assists clients in informing the policy debate through education, policy positioning and Agency and other stakeholder engagement. 

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.

Fauzea Hussain

Vice President

Fauzea
Hussain

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

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

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

Hussain

Fauzea

Vice President

202.207.3802

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

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

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

Scott Hymen

Manager

Scott
Hymen

Scott Hymen, Manager, supports Avalere’s Corporate Marketing and Communications team, where he advises internal clients on digital and content marketing strategy and content creation.  Scott also manages Avalere's social media platforms, and writes much of our web content, external blog entries, and analyzes website data.

Before joining Avalere’s Corporate Marketing and Communications team, Scott was a member of the Financial Services practice.  Prior to Avalere, Scott served on the legislative staff for Rep. Melissa Bean, focusing on healthcare policy and supporting the House Financial Services Committee. Scott also has worked for a legislative affairs consulting firm in the Bay Area and for the State of Oregon.

Scott has a BA in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Hymen

Scott

Manager

202.459.6282

Scott Hymen, Manager, supports Avalere’s Corporate Marketing and Communications team, where he advises internal clients on digital and content marketing strategy and content creation.  Scott also manages Avalere's social media platforms, and writes much of our web content, external blog entries, and analyzes website data.

Before joining Avalere’s Corporate Marketing and Communications team, Scott was a member of the Financial Services practice.  Prior to Avalere, Scott served on the legislative staff for Rep. Melissa Bean, focusing on healthcare policy and supporting the House Financial Services Committee. Scott also has worked for a legislative affairs consulting firm in the Bay Area and for the State of Oregon.

Scott has a BA in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Judit Illes

Senior Associate

Judit
Illes

Judit Illes, Senior Associate, provides research and analytic support for clients within the field of evidence-based medicine and healthcare quality measurement and improvement.  Judit was previously a Policy Fellow with Avalere’s FDA practice, where she advised clients on developments in the regulatory oversight of pharmaceutical compounding, drug shortages, and telemedicine.

Prior to joining Avalere, Judit served as a Research Consultant for Hearthstone Alzheimer Care and as a Policy intern for the Commission on the Digital Economy at the International Chamber of Commerce.

Judit has a Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University and a MS in Bioethics from Columbia University.

Illes

Judit

Senior Associate

202.355.6015

Judit Illes, Senior Associate, provides research and analytic support for clients within the field of evidence-based medicine and healthcare quality measurement and improvement.  Judit was previously a Policy Fellow with Avalere’s FDA practice, where she advised clients on developments in the regulatory oversight of pharmaceutical compounding, drug shortages, and telemedicine.

Prior to joining Avalere, Judit served as a Research Consultant for Hearthstone Alzheimer Care and as a Policy intern for the Commission on the Digital Economy at the International Chamber of Commerce.

Judit has a Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University and a MS in Bioethics from Columbia University.

Tim Inocencio

Manager

Tim
Inocencio

Tim Inocencio, Manager and Research Scientist, advises clients on health economic models, health outcomes evaluations, and market landscape research for life sciences products.

Previous and continuing engagements include the development of value propositions for upcoming products, creating models that demonstrate the economic impact of drugs and delivery systems, and an evaluation of population-level health outcomes and costs associated with drug therapy.

Tim has a PharmD and PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes. During his education, he developed economic burden models in opioid-related poisoning and cost-effectiveness analyses in the areas of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, he also helped design studies evaluating medication adherence in community pharmacies.

Inocencio

Tim

Manager

202.355.6014

Tim Inocencio, Manager and Research Scientist, advises clients on health economic models, health outcomes evaluations, and market landscape research for life sciences products.

Previous and continuing engagements include the development of value propositions for upcoming products, creating models that demonstrate the economic impact of drugs and delivery systems, and an evaluation of population-level health outcomes and costs associated with drug therapy.

Tim has a PharmD and PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes. During his education, he developed economic burden models in opioid-related poisoning and cost-effectiveness analyses in the areas of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, he also helped design studies evaluating medication adherence in community pharmacies.

Raihan Ismati

Associate

Raihan
Ismati

Raihan Ismati, Design Associate, supports clients by translating data and information into visually dynamic pieces across different types of media. She applies her background in vector-based graphics to effectively communicate concepts through design. Raihan specializes in typography, editorial layouts and illustration.

Prior to joining Avalere, Raihan was a freelance graphic designer, assisting clients with the creation of brand identity and the marketing of products/services through print and web design. Previously, Raihan was a graphic designer at Sinergy After Dark, where she designed event promotion materials for print and web.

Raihan has a BA in Graphic Design from George Mason University.

Ismati

Raihan

Associate

Raihan Ismati, Design Associate, supports clients by translating data and information into visually dynamic pieces across different types of media. She applies her background in vector-based graphics to effectively communicate concepts through design. Raihan specializes in typography, editorial layouts and illustration.

Prior to joining Avalere, Raihan was a freelance graphic designer, assisting clients with the creation of brand identity and the marketing of products/services through print and web design. Previously, Raihan was a graphic designer at Sinergy After Dark, where she designed event promotion materials for print and web.

Raihan has a BA in Graphic Design from George Mason University.

Jay Jackson

Senior Associate

Jay
Jackson

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

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

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

Jackson

Jay

Senior Associate

202.207.3674

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

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

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

Kathryn Jackson

Senior Associate

Kathryn
Jackson

Kathryn Jackson, Sr. Associate, advises clients on methods to optimize regulatory strategy.  Kathryn also works diligently to track policy updates, including those related to companion diagnostics and the impact of those policies on product market access.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kathryn was a National Institutes of Health-funded Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Maryland and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia.  As a graduate student, Kathryn received pre-doctoral grant funding from the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the University of Maryland graduate school.

Kathryn has a BS in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech, an MS in Animal Sciences from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park.  ​

Jackson

Kathryn

Senior Associate

202.459.6334

Kathryn Jackson, Sr. Associate, advises clients on methods to optimize regulatory strategy.  Kathryn also works diligently to track policy updates, including those related to companion diagnostics and the impact of those policies on product market access.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kathryn was a National Institutes of Health-funded Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Maryland and worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia.  As a graduate student, Kathryn received pre-doctoral grant funding from the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the University of Maryland graduate school.

Kathryn has a BS in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech, an MS in Animal Sciences from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park.  ​

Dayo Jagun

Director

Dayo
Jagun

Dayo Jagun, Director, advises Avalere clients on the use of evidence for strategic decision-making especially the measurement of healthcare value and its role in payment and delivery reform.  Dayo has expertise in the development and implementation of tools for improving healthcare delivery in various settings including physician offices and integrated delivery systems.  Dayo also provides clinical content expertise and leads work related to the development, testing, and validation of healthcare quality measures.

Prior to joining Avalere, he served as a Senior Clinical Solutions Analyst at WellPoint and as a Healthcare Management Fellow at Harvard University Health Service.

Dayo has a medical degree from the University of Lagos and a MPH in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Jagun

Dayo

Director

202.459.6242

Dayo Jagun, Director, advises Avalere clients on the use of evidence for strategic decision-making especially the measurement of healthcare value and its role in payment and delivery reform.  Dayo has expertise in the development and implementation of tools for improving healthcare delivery in various settings including physician offices and integrated delivery systems.  Dayo also provides clinical content expertise and leads work related to the development, testing, and validation of healthcare quality measures.

Prior to joining Avalere, he served as a Senior Clinical Solutions Analyst at WellPoint and as a Healthcare Management Fellow at Harvard University Health Service.

Dayo has a medical degree from the University of Lagos and a MPH in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Nisha Jain

Senior Manager

Nisha
Jain

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

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

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

Jain

Nisha

Senior Manager

202.459.6295

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

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

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

Nikita Jeswani

Manager

Nikita
Jeswani

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

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

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

Jeswani

Nikita

Manager

202.207.1317

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

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

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

Natasha Jivani

Manager

Natasha
Jivani

Natasha Jivani, Manager, advises clients on how the changing payment and delivery landscape impacts their market position. She works closely with health systems to develop a more informed and strategic position in exchanges, collaborate with public and private payers in new payment models, and make investments to improve quality. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Natasha interned at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a member of the National Eligibility and Expansion Team. Natasha has also worked at Shanti Orange County, an HIV/AIDS service organization.

Natasha has BAs in History, and Psychology and Social Behavior, from the University of California at Irvine and a MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the Yale School of Public Health.

Jivani

Natasha

Manager

202.207.1325

Natasha Jivani, Manager, advises clients on how the changing payment and delivery landscape impacts their market position. She works closely with health systems to develop a more informed and strategic position in exchanges, collaborate with public and private payers in new payment models, and make investments to improve quality. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Natasha interned at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a member of the National Eligibility and Expansion Team. Natasha has also worked at Shanti Orange County, an HIV/AIDS service organization.

Natasha has BAs in History, and Psychology and Social Behavior, from the University of California at Irvine and a MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the Yale School of Public Health.

Erik Johnson

Senior Vice President

Erik
Johnson

Erik Johnson, Senior Vice President, leads our work with hospitals, health systems, and health IT companies. Erik works with healthcare providers and health IT companies to develop their own strategies and responses to payment and delivery reforms. He has worked extensively in developing accountable care strategies and tactics, with a particular emphasis on assisting major hospital systems in understanding the post-discharge health needs of the Medicare population.

Prior to joining Avalere, Erik was a Managing Director with Manatt Health Solutions. He previously spent five years at the Advisory Board Company as Managing Director for its health IT and hospital finance research practices, respectively. From 1998-2003, Erik served in various management and executive capacities at MicroStrategy, a developer of business intelligence software. He started his career in healthcare in 1992, as a budget examiner and deputy branch chief for Health Finance in the Office of Management and Budget.

Erik has an AB with honors and distinction from Stanford University and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Johnson

Erik

Senior Vice President

202.207.3464

Erik Johnson, Senior Vice President, leads our work with hospitals, health systems, and health IT companies. Erik works with healthcare providers and health IT companies to develop their own strategies and responses to payment and delivery reforms. He has worked extensively in developing accountable care strategies and tactics, with a particular emphasis on assisting major hospital systems in understanding the post-discharge health needs of the Medicare population.

Prior to joining Avalere, Erik was a Managing Director with Manatt Health Solutions. He previously spent five years at the Advisory Board Company as Managing Director for its health IT and hospital finance research practices, respectively. From 1998-2003, Erik served in various management and executive capacities at MicroStrategy, a developer of business intelligence software. He started his career in healthcare in 1992, as a budget examiner and deputy branch chief for Health Finance in the Office of Management and Budget.

Erik has an AB with honors and distinction from Stanford University and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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.

Jim Johnston

Director

Jim
Johnston

Jim Johnston, Business Development Director for the Vantage Care Positioning System™, advises Acute Care and Post-acute Care providers on the utility of utilizing reliable data to position market partnerships for their organizations.  Jim also directs clients to engage in other advisory services, based on uncovering clients’ needs via detailed strategic discussions, while building personal and intra-Avalere client relationships.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jim served as a National Corporate Account Director for Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems and as a Health Systems Executive at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.  In these roles, Jim successfully employed Large Account Management techniques to meet and exceed aggressive organizational business plans.

Jim holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an International Executive MBA from Georgetown University.

Johnston

Jim

Director

202.459.6241

Jim Johnston, Business Development Director for the Vantage Care Positioning System™, advises Acute Care and Post-acute Care providers on the utility of utilizing reliable data to position market partnerships for their organizations.  Jim also directs clients to engage in other advisory services, based on uncovering clients’ needs via detailed strategic discussions, while building personal and intra-Avalere client relationships.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jim served as a National Corporate Account Director for Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems and as a Health Systems Executive at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.  In these roles, Jim successfully employed Large Account Management techniques to meet and exceed aggressive organizational business plans.

Jim holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an International Executive MBA from Georgetown University.

Kelsey Jones

Senior Manager

Kelsey
Jones

Kelsey Jones, Senior Manager, 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

Senior Manager

202.459.6306

Kelsey Jones, Senior Manager, 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.

Caryn Just

Senior Associate

Caryn
Just

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

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

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

Just

Caryn

Senior Associate

202.355.6004

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

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

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

Sarika Kasaraneni

Senior Associate

Sarika
Kasaraneni

Sarika Kasaraneni, Senior Associate, provides clients with analytic and consultative support on health insurance reform. She evaluates the impact of legislative and regulatory activity, as well as the changing marketplace to help clients shape their advocacy and business strategies. Her areas of expertise include health insurance exchanges and Medicare Advantage.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sarika was an associate consultant at the Advisory Board Company. Before that, she completed internships with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation-Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Office of Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT), and the CT Department of Public Health.

Sarika has a MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a BA in Anthropology and Global Health from Emory University.

Kasaraneni

Sarika

Senior Associate

202.459.6258

Sarika Kasaraneni, Senior Associate, provides clients with analytic and consultative support on health insurance reform. She evaluates the impact of legislative and regulatory activity, as well as the changing marketplace to help clients shape their advocacy and business strategies. Her areas of expertise include health insurance exchanges and Medicare Advantage.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sarika was an associate consultant at the Advisory Board Company. Before that, she completed internships with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation-Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Office of Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-CT), and the CT Department of Public Health.

Sarika has a MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a BA in Anthropology and Global Health from Emory University.

Chris Keady

Senior Systems Engineer

Chris
Keady

Chris Keady, Senior Systems Engineer, supports Avelere’s complete network, user base, server applications, and technologies.  He applies his background in networks, operating systems and security to maintain Avelere’s,  expanding cloud footprint, data center network, and security requirements.  He has 25 years of experience in hybrid systems and network engineering on a variety of enterprise platforms.

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris was a Senior Systems Administrator with Adjuggler, Inc., responsible for operating systems security, settings, architecture and protocols. Prior to that, he was a Senior Systems Engineer with the Department of Treasury, NASA, and Executive Office of the President United States, responsible for all aspects of system management, development, planning, and federal compliance security standards.

Chris has a BS in Information Systems from Strayer University.

Keady

Chris

Senior Systems Engineer

202-459-6292
Chris Keady, Senior Systems Engineer, supports Avelere’s complete network, user base, server applications, and technologies.  He applies his background in networks, operating systems and security to maintain Avelere’s,  expanding cloud footprint, data center network, and security requirements.  He has 25 years of experience in hybrid systems and network engineering on a variety of enterprise platforms.

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris was a Senior Systems Administrator with Adjuggler, Inc., responsible for operating systems security, settings, architecture and protocols. Prior to that, he was a Senior Systems Engineer with the Department of Treasury, NASA, and Executive Office of the President United States, responsible for all aspects of system management, development, planning, and federal compliance security standards.

Chris has a BS in Information Systems from Strayer University.

Michael Kennedy

Coordinator

Michael
Kennedy

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

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

Kennedy

Michael

Coordinator

202.207.3689

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

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

Will Kim

Senior Manager

Will
Kim

Will Kim, Senior Manager, 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

Senior Manager

202.207.3671

Will Kim, Senior Manager, 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.

Jennifer Kowalski

Vice President

Jennifer
Kowalski

Jennifer Kowalski, Vice President, leads our Health Reform practice. She provides strategic advice and analysis to help clients assess and respond to health insurance market reform, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She advises a range of managed care clients, including national and local health insurance companies, in the development of advocacy and policy positions to further their business objectives. Her areas of expertise include health insurance exchanges, essential health benefits, insurance market regulation, Medicare Advantage policy and payment, Medicaid managed care, and Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jennifer spent several years at The Lewin Group.

Jennifer has an AB with honors in Community Health from Brown University and a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. 

Kowalski

Jennifer

Vice President

202.207.3474

Jennifer Kowalski, Vice President, leads our Health Reform practice. She provides strategic advice and analysis to help clients assess and respond to health insurance market reform, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She advises a range of managed care clients, including national and local health insurance companies, in the development of advocacy and policy positions to further their business objectives. Her areas of expertise include health insurance exchanges, essential health benefits, insurance market regulation, Medicare Advantage policy and payment, Medicaid managed care, and Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jennifer spent several years at The Lewin Group.

Jennifer has an AB with honors in Community Health from Brown University and a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. 

Danny Krifcher

Executive Vice President

Danny
Krifcher

Danny Krifcher, Executive Vice President, partners with Avalere’s leaders to ensure effective operational strategy. He oversees Avalere's Finance, IT, Human Resources, Business Integrity and Marketing.

Prior to joining Avalere, Danny served in a number of operating and planning roles during more than a decade as a senior executive at AOL, from 1994 until 2005.  More recently, Danny has focused on the healthcare industry, including founding and serving as CEO of a health IT and care management services company. Earlier in his career, Danny served as a corporate strategy consultant at Bain & Company and founded a Bain Capital backed startup.

Danny has a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Krifcher

Danny

Executive Vice President

202.459.6304

Danny Krifcher, Executive Vice President, partners with Avalere’s leaders to ensure effective operational strategy. He oversees Avalere's Finance, IT, Human Resources, Business Integrity and Marketing.

Prior to joining Avalere, Danny served in a number of operating and planning roles during more than a decade as a senior executive at AOL, from 1994 until 2005.  More recently, Danny has focused on the healthcare industry, including founding and serving as CEO of a health IT and care management services company. Earlier in his career, Danny served as a corporate strategy consultant at Bain & Company and founded a Bain Capital backed startup.

Danny has a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brian Leinwand

Manager

Brian
Leinwand

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

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

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

Leinwand

Brian

Manager

202.207.1331

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

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

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

Melissa Lewis

Coordinator

Melissa
Lewis

Melissa Lewis, Human Resources Coordinator, 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

Coordinator

202-355-6007
Melissa Lewis, Human Resources Coordinator, 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. 

Jimmy Lin

Senior Manager

Jimmy
Lin

Jimmy Lin, Senior Manager, advises clients on market access challenges and launch strategies, particularly with specialty pharmaceuticals. Jimmy also has special expertise in market research and field force issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jimmy served as a Management Consultant for ZS Associates and an intern for Liquidia Technologies. 

Jimmy has a MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University with a focus in Health Sector Management, Marketing, and Strategy.  He also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Lin

Jimmy

Senior Manager

202.207.3804

Jimmy Lin, Senior Manager, advises clients on market access challenges and launch strategies, particularly with specialty pharmaceuticals. Jimmy also has special expertise in market research and field force issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jimmy served as a Management Consultant for ZS Associates and an intern for Liquidia Technologies. 

Jimmy has a MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University with a focus in Health Sector Management, Marketing, and Strategy.  He also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

John E. Linnehan

Senior Manager

John E.
Linnehan

John E. Linnehan, Senior Manager, 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.

Senior Manager

202.355.6017

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

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

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

Christine Liow

Manager

Christine
Liow

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

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

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

Liow

Christine

Manager

202.207.1305

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

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

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

Lisa Lowenstein

Senior Manager

Lisa
Lowenstein

Lisa Lowenstein, Senior Manager, supports clients on health reform initiatives, focusing on coverage expansion in health insurance exchanges and health insurance market reforms. She applies her background in Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation to help clients assess the impact of the ACA on their business strategies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lisa was an Advisor/Special Assistant at HHS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), providing strategic policy and legislative advice to the Director and Deputy Director. She also drafted regulations, supplemental guidance, and policy papers regarding provisions of the ACA, and she managed HIPAA and ACA compliance issues. Previously, she was a law fellow at Georgetown University Law Center and an associate at Torys LLP in New York, NY.

Lisa has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an AB in English from Princeton University. ​

Lowenstein

Lisa

Senior Manager

202.355.6023

Lisa Lowenstein, Senior Manager, supports clients on health reform initiatives, focusing on coverage expansion in health insurance exchanges and health insurance market reforms. She applies her background in Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation to help clients assess the impact of the ACA on their business strategies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lisa was an Advisor/Special Assistant at HHS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), providing strategic policy and legislative advice to the Director and Deputy Director. She also drafted regulations, supplemental guidance, and policy papers regarding provisions of the ACA, and she managed HIPAA and ACA compliance issues. Previously, she was a law fellow at Georgetown University Law Center and an associate at Torys LLP in New York, NY.

Lisa has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an AB in English from Princeton University. ​

Debbie Lucas

Director

Debbie
Lucas

Debbie Lucas, Director, 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

Director

202.207.1301

Debbie Lucas, Director, 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.

Mark Ludwick

Director

Mark
Ludwick

Mark Ludwick, Director, advises hospital and post-acute providers on all aspects of strategic planning, market development, and partner opportunities. Mark also has special expertise in sales and marketing management, with emphasis on training, coaching, and development of sales professionals. He has expanded experience in the operational functions in both the hospital and post-acute settings.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mark served as a National Director, Sales and Marketing for Sava Senior Healthcare Consulting and as a Director of Sales for Aspect Medical Systems.

Mark has a BA in Communications from Stonehill College.

Ludwick

Mark

Director

202.207.1337

Mark Ludwick, Director, advises hospital and post-acute providers on all aspects of strategic planning, market development, and partner opportunities. Mark also has special expertise in sales and marketing management, with emphasis on training, coaching, and development of sales professionals. He has expanded experience in the operational functions in both the hospital and post-acute settings.

Prior to joining Avalere, Mark served as a National Director, Sales and Marketing for Sava Senior Healthcare Consulting and as a Director of Sales for Aspect Medical Systems.

Mark has a BA in Communications from Stonehill College.

Ellen Lukens

Vice President

Ellen
Lukens

Ellen Lukens, Vice President, provides strategic support to a broad array of clients interested in better navigating the current and future hospital and post-acute care delivery and payment environment. Her projects may range from an educational series on Medicare provider payment, to assisting a client in transforming its delivery and health plan contracting model, to an analysis of Medicare data to model the impact of varying policy alternatives on Medicare volume and payment, or to a bundled payment system for government and commercial payers. Ellen also leads strategic planning engagements with clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ellen worked at the National Association of Public Hospitals and the Greater New York Hospital Association. Earlier in her career, she was a Policy Analyst in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Ellen also spent three years as a consultant with CSC Healthcare/APM Management Consultants.

Ellen has a BA from Northwestern University and a MPH from the University of Michigan.

Lukens

Ellen

Vice President

202.459.6263

Ellen Lukens, Vice President, provides strategic support to a broad array of clients interested in better navigating the current and future hospital and post-acute care delivery and payment environment. Her projects may range from an educational series on Medicare provider payment, to assisting a client in transforming its delivery and health plan contracting model, to an analysis of Medicare data to model the impact of varying policy alternatives on Medicare volume and payment, or to a bundled payment system for government and commercial payers. Ellen also leads strategic planning engagements with clients.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ellen worked at the National Association of Public Hospitals and the Greater New York Hospital Association. Earlier in her career, she was a Policy Analyst in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Ellen also spent three years as a consultant with CSC Healthcare/APM Management Consultants.

Ellen has a BA from Northwestern University and a MPH from the University of Michigan.

Jennifer Lundy

Executive Assistant

Jennifer
Lundy

Jennifer Lundy, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management and research. She assists Avalere’s senior level staff within the Health Economics and Outcomes Research and Healthcare Reform Practices by providing customer service and client follow-up. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jennifer served as a Scheduler and Executive Assistant for a Member of Congress.

Jennifer has a BA in Government and International Affairs from Sweet Briar College.

Lundy

Jennifer

Executive Assistant

202-459-6322
Jennifer Lundy, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management and research. She assists Avalere’s senior level staff within the Health Economics and Outcomes Research and Healthcare Reform Practices by providing customer service and client follow-up. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jennifer served as a Scheduler and Executive Assistant for a Member of Congress.

Jennifer has a BA in Government and International Affairs from Sweet Briar College.

Liz Magsig

Manager

Liz
Magsig

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

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

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

Magsig

Liz

Manager

202-355-6026

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

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

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

Mairin Brady Mancino

Director

Mairin Brady
Mancino

Mairin Brady Mancino, Director, advises clients on the impact that legislation and regulatory and policy changes will have on the healthcare industry.  She specializes in helping health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, associations, and a variety of other industry players interpret and prepare for reform.  Her efforts focus on the coverage expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act, particularly on the health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion, and the impacts these initiatives will have on the various insurance market selling channels, including private exchanges.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Mairin was a Senior Research Associate at FBR Capital Markets, where she interpreted healthcare policy developments for the investment community. Before that, she worked in sales and product management at research firm Washington Analysis.

Mairin has a BA in American Studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College.

Mancino

Mairin Brady

Director

202.207.3683

Mairin Brady Mancino, Director, advises clients on the impact that legislation and regulatory and policy changes will have on the healthcare industry.  She specializes in helping health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, associations, and a variety of other industry players interpret and prepare for reform.  Her efforts focus on the coverage expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act, particularly on the health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion, and the impacts these initiatives will have on the various insurance market selling channels, including private exchanges.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Mairin was a Senior Research Associate at FBR Capital Markets, where she interpreted healthcare policy developments for the investment community. Before that, she worked in sales and product management at research firm Washington Analysis.

Mairin has a BA in American Studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College.

Kristine Mangor

Manager

Kristine
Mangor

Kristine Mangor, Manager of Business Reporting Analysis & Systems Administration, 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

Manager

202.459.6293

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

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

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

Borislava Marcheva

Manager

Borislava
Marcheva

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

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

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

Marcheva

Borislava

Manager

202.207.3679

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristin McCarthy

Manager

Kristin
McCarthy

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

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

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

McCarthy

Kristin

Manager

202.459.6314

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

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

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

Kristyne McGuinn

Manager

Kristyne
McGuinn

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

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

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

McGuinn

Kristyne

Manager

202.355.6006

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

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

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

Kelly McNair

Associate

Kelly
McNair

Kelly McNair, Associate, advises life sciences companies on the full suite of Avalere’s Business Intelligence products, including the EBM Navigator. Specifically, Kelly focuses on helping clients understand how best to utilize these platforms in the changing healthcare landscape.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly was an Events Assistant with The Heritage Foundation, planning and executing its annual Congressional Retreat and other nationwide events and conferences. 

Kelly has a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University with a focus on Health Policy and Administration. 

McNair

Kelly

Associate

202-355-6065
Kelly McNair, Associate, advises life sciences companies on the full suite of Avalere’s Business Intelligence products, including the EBM Navigator. Specifically, Kelly focuses on helping clients understand how best to utilize these platforms in the changing healthcare landscape.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly was an Events Assistant with The Heritage Foundation, planning and executing its annual Congressional Retreat and other nationwide events and conferences. 

Kelly has a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University with a focus on Health Policy and Administration. 

Dan Mendelson

CEO and Founder

Dan
Mendelson

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

Dan presently serves on the board of directors of two public companies: HMS Holdings and Champions Oncology. He is also on faculty at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the boards of Coventry Healthcare (2005-2013) and Pharmerica (2007-2011), and was on the faculty of the Fuqua School of Business (2000-2014).

Dan speaks frequently and is often quoted in the media on business strategy and public policy matters – typically 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

CEO and Founder

202-207-1310

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

Dan presently serves on the board of directors of two public companies: HMS Holdings and Champions Oncology. He is also on faculty at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the boards of Coventry Healthcare (2005-2013) and Pharmerica (2007-2011), and was on the faculty of the Fuqua School of Business (2000-2014).

Dan speaks frequently and is often quoted in the media on business strategy and public policy matters – typically 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.

Jesse Mendelson

Vice President

Jesse
Mendelson

Jesse Mendelson, Vice President, oversees the establishment and generation of Avalere’s suite of business intelligence products, with a focus on solutions for the Life Sciences industry.  Building on his extensive work with clients across the healthcare spectrum on developing market-ready strategies and tactics, with a particular focus on using technology to keep abreast of market forces and products, Jesse advises clients on the most impactful method of utilizing Avalere’s business intelligence products to make better business decisions.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jesse served as a Senior Director for The Advisory Board Company, a Senior Analytics Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and Director of Executive Education for CEB.

Jesse has a BA in History from Yeshiva University and a JD from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and is a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

Mendelson

Jesse

Vice President

202.459.6307

Jesse Mendelson, Vice President, oversees the establishment and generation of Avalere’s suite of business intelligence products, with a focus on solutions for the Life Sciences industry.  Building on his extensive work with clients across the healthcare spectrum on developing market-ready strategies and tactics, with a particular focus on using technology to keep abreast of market forces and products, Jesse advises clients on the most impactful method of utilizing Avalere’s business intelligence products to make better business decisions.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jesse served as a Senior Director for The Advisory Board Company, a Senior Analytics Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and Director of Executive Education for CEB.

Jesse has a BA in History from Yeshiva University and a JD from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and is a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

Tiernan Meyer

Senior Associate

Tiernan
Meyer

Tiernan Meyer, Senior Associate, 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 tracking of states’ decisions around whether to expand 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, Ark. Additionally, she analyzed the Chilean public healthcare system while studying in Concepcion, Chile.

Tiernan has a BA from Middlebury College.

Meyer

Tiernan

Senior Associate

202.207.1311

Tiernan Meyer, Senior Associate, 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 tracking of states’ decisions around whether to expand 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, Ark. Additionally, she analyzed the Chilean public healthcare system while studying in Concepcion, Chile.

Tiernan has a BA from Middlebury College.

Kristi Mitchell

Senior Vice President

Kristi
Mitchell

Kristi Mitchell, Senior Vice President, leads client engagements involving the use of clinical data for strategic decision-making across multiple industries, including life sciences, health plans, and professional societies. In this capacity, she provides strategic guidance for innovative collection and utilization of data, as well as, oversees the diffusion of best practice in quality measurement development, implementation, and evaluation across multiples industries.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristi worked at the American College of Cardiology (ACC), leading the development of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, most recently as the Chief Science Officer. Prior to the ACC, she assessed the impact of public health policies, programs, and practices on health outcomes at Battelle Centers for Public Health Policy and Evaluation and at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Kristi has an AB in Human Biology and Public Policy from Brown University and a MPH in Public Health Policy Administration and Epidemiology from University of Michigan. She sits on the FDA MDEpiNet Interim Advisory Committee and the Pew Trust Future of Medical Device Registry Stakeholder Group.

Mitchell

Kristi

Senior Vice President

202.207.1308

Kristi Mitchell, Senior Vice President, leads client engagements involving the use of clinical data for strategic decision-making across multiple industries, including life sciences, health plans, and professional societies. In this capacity, she provides strategic guidance for innovative collection and utilization of data, as well as, oversees the diffusion of best practice in quality measurement development, implementation, and evaluation across multiples industries.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristi worked at the American College of Cardiology (ACC), leading the development of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, most recently as the Chief Science Officer. Prior to the ACC, she assessed the impact of public health policies, programs, and practices on health outcomes at Battelle Centers for Public Health Policy and Evaluation and at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

Kristi has an AB in Human Biology and Public Policy from Brown University and a MPH in Public Health Policy Administration and Epidemiology from University of Michigan. She sits on the FDA MDEpiNet Interim Advisory Committee and the Pew Trust Future of Medical Device Registry Stakeholder Group.

Tony Mitchell

Senior Associate

Tony
Mitchell

Tony Mitchell, Senior Associate, advises clients on pharmaceutical and biotechnology issues and provides support to clients around policy, coverage and reimbursement issues. Tony also has special expertise in market access as it pertains to pharmaceuticals, and incorporating payment and policy issues into strategic analysis and corporate strategy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Tony was a Health Policy Fellow at Novo Nordisk, conducting research on diabetes in the American population and monitoring the effect of the Affordable Care Act and healthcare exchanges on the company’s products and the diabetes population. Prior to that, he was a Government Affairs Fellow at the Podesta Group, supporting clients through health policy and legislation analysis.

Tony holds an JD from St. Louis University and a BA in Political Science from McKendree University.

Mitchell

Tony

Senior Associate

202.355.6025

Tony Mitchell, Senior Associate, advises clients on pharmaceutical and biotechnology issues and provides support to clients around policy, coverage and reimbursement issues. Tony also has special expertise in market access as it pertains to pharmaceuticals, and incorporating payment and policy issues into strategic analysis and corporate strategy. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Tony was a Health Policy Fellow at Novo Nordisk, conducting research on diabetes in the American population and monitoring the effect of the Affordable Care Act and healthcare exchanges on the company’s products and the diabetes population. Prior to that, he was a Government Affairs Fellow at the Podesta Group, supporting clients through health policy and legislation analysis.

Tony holds an JD from St. Louis University and a BA in Political Science from McKendree University.

Abby Moorman

Manager

Abby
Moorman

Abby Moorman, Manager, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization in many settings of care including physician office, outpatient department, ASC, and inpatient hospital.  Abby, a Certified Professional Coder, also has special expertise in CPT®, HCPCS, ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding and payment.

Prior to joining Avalere, Abby served as a Production Coordinator of the Union Copy Center at the University of Maryland at College Park and prior to that she was a Case Manager at Community Residence.

Abby has a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she interned at the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships.

Moorman

Abby

Manager

202.207.3808

Abby Moorman, Manager, advises clients on reimbursement and product commercialization in many settings of care including physician office, outpatient department, ASC, and inpatient hospital.  Abby, a Certified Professional Coder, also has special expertise in CPT®, HCPCS, ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding and payment.

Prior to joining Avalere, Abby served as a Production Coordinator of the Union Copy Center at the University of Maryland at College Park and prior to that she was a Case Manager at Community Residence.

Abby has a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she interned at the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships.

Andrew Mosso

Director

Andrew
Mosso

Andrew Mosso, Director, supports a range of Avalere clients by analyzing healthcare encounters, services and insurance claims. He applies his background in data analytics and healthcare research to develop solutions using large and complex databases. Andrew has nearly three decades of experience with SAS programming with emphasis on Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance claims as well as hospital encounter, military health system and health care survey data.

Prior to joining Avalere, Andrew was a senior consultant at IMS Government Solutions, transitioning, implementing and supporting Department of Defense data products. Prior to that, as a senior analyst with Social and Scientific Systems, he produced complex clinical, economic and financial analyses in partnership with the Federal researchers, economists and physicians.

Andrew has a BFA from New York University and a Masters in Health Services Management from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY. He also is a SAS Certified Professional.

Mosso

Andrew

Director

202.459.6295

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.

Emil Nedev

Manager

Emil
Nedev

Emil Nedev, Manager, advises clients on the effects of legislative, regulatory, and policy changes on the healthcare industry. He also assists US- and Europe, Middle East, and Africa -based early and mid-stage life sciences companies with successfully commercializing their medical products in the US.

Prior to joining Avalere, Emil worked in the investment consulting department of 3E International Ltd. where he focused on real estate and renewable energy system development projects in Eastern Europe.

Emil has a BBA in Finance and International Business as well as a minor in French Language from George Washington University. He graduated with honors Summa Cum Laude.

Nedev

Emil

Manager

202.207.3809

Emil Nedev, Manager, advises clients on the effects of legislative, regulatory, and policy changes on the healthcare industry. He also assists US- and Europe, Middle East, and Africa -based early and mid-stage life sciences companies with successfully commercializing their medical products in the US.

Prior to joining Avalere, Emil worked in the investment consulting department of 3E International Ltd. where he focused on real estate and renewable energy system development projects in Eastern Europe.

Emil has a BBA in Finance and International Business as well as a minor in French Language from George Washington University. He graduated with honors Summa Cum Laude.

Diane Norris

Director

Diane
Norris

Diane Norris, Director, provides SAS programming support for a wide range of data analytic projects. In addition, she employs a variety of other programming languages such as Visual Basic.NET and VBA to design software products with an emphasis on robust architecture, user friendliness, and thorough documentation. Diane has extensive experience with cross-application automation of Microsoft Office software and developing clear and meticulous user instructions for a variety of audiences.

Prior to joining Avalere, Diane worked as a Senior Principal Engineer in the Flight Dynamics group at Orbital Sciences Corp. and was a Lead Navigation Engineer for Earth science and geosynchronous satellite missions.

Diane has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Norris

Diane

Director

202.459.6266

Diane Norris, Director, provides SAS programming support for a wide range of data analytic projects. In addition, she employs a variety of other programming languages such as Visual Basic.NET and VBA to design software products with an emphasis on robust architecture, user friendliness, and thorough documentation. Diane has extensive experience with cross-application automation of Microsoft Office software and developing clear and meticulous user instructions for a variety of audiences.

Prior to joining Avalere, Diane worked as a Senior Principal Engineer in the Flight Dynamics group at Orbital Sciences Corp. and was a Lead Navigation Engineer for Earth science and geosynchronous satellite missions.

Diane has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Kris Norris

Vice President

Kris
Norris

Kris Norris, Vice President, provides SAS programming support for a growing data analytic portfolio, including DataFrame™, our proprietary database of Medicare Part D plan features. He performs analyses on Medicare policy changes and health reform proposals in a variety of settings, including inpatient, skilled nursing facility, hospice, and home health. He also models the financial impact of Medicare payment policies and health reform proposals, and analyzes prescription data in support of drug adherence studies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kris was a SAS programming team manager at Lockheed Martin Federal Healthcare. Kris previously worked as an independent consultant for healthcare and research organizations, as well as companies in the mortgage and commercial banking industries, and for the federal government.

Kris has 20 years of experience with SAS and other software packages. Kris was trained as a programmer while serving in the Marine Corps, and has had further professional training throughout his career, including more than a dozen courses with the SAS Institute. He is SAS-certified.

Norris

Kris

Vice President

202.207.3835

Kris Norris, Vice President, provides SAS programming support for a growing data analytic portfolio, including DataFrame™, our proprietary database of Medicare Part D plan features. He performs analyses on Medicare policy changes and health reform proposals in a variety of settings, including inpatient, skilled nursing facility, hospice, and home health. He also models the financial impact of Medicare payment policies and health reform proposals, and analyzes prescription data in support of drug adherence studies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kris was a SAS programming team manager at Lockheed Martin Federal Healthcare. Kris previously worked as an independent consultant for healthcare and research organizations, as well as companies in the mortgage and commercial banking industries, and for the federal government.

Kris has 20 years of experience with SAS and other software packages. Kris was trained as a programmer while serving in the Marine Corps, and has had further professional training throughout his career, including more than a dozen courses with the SAS Institute. He is SAS-certified.

Leila Nowroozi

Senior Vice President

Leila
Nowroozi

Leila Nowroozi, Senior Vice President of Marketing, leads our efforts to ensure that the right mix of the firm's vast expertise is brought to bear on every client's unique challenges. Combining policy expertise and an extensive background in the life sciences space, Leila readily identifies the commercial challenges companies face and works with each client to bring forth an appropriate solution.

Prior to joining Avalere, Leila spent several years in marketing at Pfizer where she was part of the team launching Pfizer's first ophthalmic product for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Leila was also a part of J&J's Pharmaceutical Strategic Marketing Group, where she focused on the commercialization process in global markets. Prior to J&J, Leila was a Cardiovascular Market Analyst at the Advisory Board Company.

Leila has a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Carolina and MBA in Health Sector Management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Nowroozi

Leila

Senior Vice President

202.207.3829

Leila Nowroozi, Senior Vice President of Marketing, leads our efforts to ensure that the right mix of the firm's vast expertise is brought to bear on every client's unique challenges. Combining policy expertise and an extensive background in the life sciences space, Leila readily identifies the commercial challenges companies face and works with each client to bring forth an appropriate solution.

Prior to joining Avalere, Leila spent several years in marketing at Pfizer where she was part of the team launching Pfizer's first ophthalmic product for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Leila was also a part of J&J's Pharmaceutical Strategic Marketing Group, where she focused on the commercialization process in global markets. Prior to J&J, Leila was a Cardiovascular Market Analyst at the Advisory Board Company.

Leila has a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of South Carolina and MBA in Health Sector Management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Maya Obiekwe

Senior Associate

Maya
Obiekwe

Maya Obiekwe, Senior Associate, advises life sciences companies on syndicated research programs and products, specifically focusing on helping her clients understand and apply these findings in the changing healthcare landscape.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Maya was an Account Executive with Perricone MD and a Government Contractor for the US Army Reserve Family Programs Office.  

Maya has a BS from Syracuse University, and is currently enrolled in the Executive Masters of Public Health program at Emory University.

Obiekwe

Maya

Senior Associate

Maya Obiekwe, Senior Associate, advises life sciences companies on syndicated research programs and products, specifically focusing on helping her clients understand and apply these findings in the changing healthcare landscape.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Maya was an Account Executive with Perricone MD and a Government Contractor for the US Army Reserve Family Programs Office.  

Maya has a BS from Syracuse University, and is currently enrolled in the Executive Masters of Public Health program at Emory University.

Marie Onakomaiya

Fellow

Marie
Onakomaiya

Marie Onakomaiya, Fellow, advises clients on FDA regulatory policy and strategy. She applies her background in life sciences and data analysis to track policy updates and analyze regulatory strategy. Marie also has special expertise in neuroscience.

Prior to joining Avalere, Marie completed her graduate research on the behavioral and neurochemical impact of anabolic steroids, alcohol and exercise. She was also a founder of Geisel Disaster Relief, collaborating with the National Center for PTSD and a New York based non-profit to provide a post-disaster mental health intervention to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Prior to that, she worked at the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, conducting market surveys and due diligence investigations of local manufacturing companies.

Marie has a BSc in Biochemistry from Babcock University and a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (Neuroscience) from Dartmouth College.

Onakomaiya

Marie

Fellow

202.207.3830

Marie Onakomaiya, Fellow, advises clients on FDA regulatory policy and strategy. She applies her background in life sciences and data analysis to track policy updates and analyze regulatory strategy. Marie also has special expertise in neuroscience.

Prior to joining Avalere, Marie completed her graduate research on the behavioral and neurochemical impact of anabolic steroids, alcohol and exercise. She was also a founder of Geisel Disaster Relief, collaborating with the National Center for PTSD and a New York based non-profit to provide a post-disaster mental health intervention to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Prior to that, she worked at the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, conducting market surveys and due diligence investigations of local manufacturing companies.

Marie has a BSc in Biochemistry from Babcock University and a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (Neuroscience) from Dartmouth College.

Colin O’Laughlin

Senior Associate

Colin
O’Laughlin

Colin O’Laughlin, Senior Associate, assists clients in quantifying the impact and effectiveness of clinical operations. He employs rigorous empirical methodologies to provide targeted insights to trade associations, health systems, health plans, and life science companies. His areas of expertise include healthcare market structural analysis, quality of care and outcomes, and managed care product offerings.

Prior to joining Avalere Health, Colin was a Senior Consultant in FTI’s Economic Consulting Practice. Before that he consulted for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Migration, Remittances and Development Program.

Colin has a MPP in International Security and Economic Policy and a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland in College Park.

O’Laughlin

Colin

Senior Associate

202.459.6326

Colin O’Laughlin, Senior Associate, assists clients in quantifying the impact and effectiveness of clinical operations. He employs rigorous empirical methodologies to provide targeted insights to trade associations, health systems, health plans, and life science companies. His areas of expertise include healthcare market structural analysis, quality of care and outcomes, and managed care product offerings.

Prior to joining Avalere Health, Colin was a Senior Consultant in FTI’s Economic Consulting Practice. Before that he consulted for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Migration, Remittances and Development Program.

Colin has a MPP in International Security and Economic Policy and a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland in College Park.

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.

Roshal Patel

Associate

Roshal
Patel

Roshal Patel, Associate, provides strategic support and guidance to clients in the post-acute and long-term care sectors. His expertise includes insurance market reforms, Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance exchanges. 

Prior to joining Avalere Roshal interned in the regional office of Senator Charles Schumer and in the Office of Policy and Representation at the BlueCross BlueShield Association. At the BCBSA, he supported the VP of Regulatory and Legislative Policy on private sector innovations in payment reform and quality incentives projects.

Roshal has a BA in Health Policy and Biology from the University of Rochester.

Patel

Roshal

Associate

Roshal Patel, Associate, provides strategic support and guidance to clients in the post-acute and long-term care sectors. His expertise includes insurance market reforms, Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance exchanges. 

Prior to joining Avalere Roshal interned in the regional office of Senator Charles Schumer and in the Office of Policy and Representation at the BlueCross BlueShield Association. At the BCBSA, he supported the VP of Regulatory and Legislative Policy on private sector innovations in payment reform and quality incentives projects.

Roshal has a BA in Health Policy and Biology from the University of Rochester.

Caroline F. Pearson

Vice President

Caroline F.
Pearson

Caroline Pearson, Vice President, leads Avalere’s Health Reform Practice. In this role, she supports clients in understanding how state and federal policy changes will impact their commercial interests and generating the analytics needed to anticipate and influence policy changes. Caroline has focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid managed care, prescription drug coverage, and employer-sponsored insurance trends. She also monitors efforts to contain costs and improve care coordination within the Medicaid program, including initiatives focused on dual eligibles, behavioral health management, and HIV/AIDS coverage. 

Caroline has special expertise in health reform, and she frequently presents to audiences seeking to understand how health reform changes will impact the market, the stability of employer-sponsored insurance, access challenges for newly insured individuals, and market opportunities in public and private exchanges. In addition, 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.

Prior to joining Avalere, Caroline was a research assistant for members of Harvard University's Health Policy Ph.D. program studying Medicare coverage decisions. Caroline also worked at the Monroe County, NY, Department of Public Health.

Caroline has a BA in government from Harvard University.

Pearson

Caroline F.

Vice President

202.207.1315

Caroline Pearson, Vice President, leads Avalere’s Health Reform Practice. In this role, she supports clients in understanding how state and federal policy changes will impact their commercial interests and generating the analytics needed to anticipate and influence policy changes. Caroline has focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid managed care, prescription drug coverage, and employer-sponsored insurance trends. She also monitors efforts to contain costs and improve care coordination within the Medicaid program, including initiatives focused on dual eligibles, behavioral health management, and HIV/AIDS coverage. 

Caroline has special expertise in health reform, and she frequently presents to audiences seeking to understand how health reform changes will impact the market, the stability of employer-sponsored insurance, access challenges for newly insured individuals, and market opportunities in public and private exchanges. In addition, 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.

Prior to joining Avalere, Caroline was a research assistant for members of Harvard University's Health Policy Ph.D. program studying Medicare coverage decisions. Caroline also worked at the Monroe County, NY, Department of Public Health.

Caroline has a BA in government from Harvard University.

Marc Perez

Accounts Payable Clerk

Marc
Perez

​Marc Perez, Accounts Payable Clerk, supports the Accounting Department’s Corporate Services team. Marc processes vendor-related invoices and contracts and employee reimbursements.

Prior to joining Avalere, Marc worked in an embassy in Washington, D.C., as an Accounting and Consular assistant, handling full cycle accounting support responsibilities and visa screening and processing.

Marc has a BS with a double major in Accounting and Information Systems and Operations Management from George Mason University.

Perez

Marc

Accounts Payable Clerk

202.459.6254

​Marc Perez, Accounts Payable Clerk, supports the Accounting Department’s Corporate Services team. Marc processes vendor-related invoices and contracts and employee reimbursements.

Prior to joining Avalere, Marc worked in an embassy in Washington, D.C., as an Accounting and Consular assistant, handling full cycle accounting support responsibilities and visa screening and processing.

Marc has a BS with a double major in Accounting and Information Systems and Operations Management from George Mason University.

Kelli Perodin

Recruiter

Kelli
Perodin

Kelli Perodin, Recruiter, advises internal clients on the full life-cycle of talent acquisition from position requirements to sourcing, qualifying and interviewing.  Kelli has special expertise in the use of social media for recruitment outreach. She applies her background in recruitment branding, behavioral interviewing, and succession planning to the Human Resources group.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelli was an HR Business Partner at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, marketing open positions, screening and qualifying candidates and acting as a consultant to hiring managers in talent acquisition. In her position prior to that, as a Senior HR Generalist at Ritz Camera, she was responsible for the company’s health and welfare programs, including communication and compliance.

Kelli has a BA from the College of New Rochelle.

Perodin

Kelli

Recruiter

202.355.6030

Kelli Perodin, Recruiter, advises internal clients on the full life-cycle of talent acquisition from position requirements to sourcing, qualifying and interviewing.  Kelli has special expertise in the use of social media for recruitment outreach. She applies her background in recruitment branding, behavioral interviewing, and succession planning to the Human Resources group.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kelli was an HR Business Partner at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, marketing open positions, screening and qualifying candidates and acting as a consultant to hiring managers in talent acquisition. In her position prior to that, as a Senior HR Generalist at Ritz Camera, she was responsible for the company’s health and welfare programs, including communication and compliance.

Kelli has a BA from the College of New Rochelle.

Allison Petrilla

Director

Allison
Petrilla

Allison Petrilla, Director, 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

Director

202.355.6011

Allison Petrilla, Director, 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.

Grant Picarillo

Manager

Grant
Picarillo

Grant Picarillo, Manager, advises clients on evidence-based quality improvement initiatives, value-based healthcare, and public health advocacy.  Grant also has special interest in comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Grant served as a Health Policy intern at John Snow, Inc. and as a Program Assistant in the Peace Corps Office of Global Health and HIV.

Grant has a BA in Psychology from New York University and a MS in Health Policy from Harvard University.

Picarillo

Grant

Manager

202.207.3465

Grant Picarillo, Manager, advises clients on evidence-based quality improvement initiatives, value-based healthcare, and public health advocacy.  Grant also has special interest in comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Grant served as a Health Policy intern at John Snow, Inc. and as a Program Assistant in the Peace Corps Office of Global Health and HIV.

Grant has a BA in Psychology from New York University and a MS in Health Policy from Harvard University.

Francesca Pirog

Manager

Francesca
Pirog

Francesca Pirog, Manager, has experience related to product commercialization, particularly in oncology, under both private and public payers. Specifically, Francesca specializes in Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) and Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) product launch work, which has included analyses of Medicaid FFS and Medicaid MCO coverage policies, subregulatory guidance and physician manuals to inform how new products may be covered. Francesca also specializes in Medicare Part B drug launch work, focusing on Medicare Administrative Contractor reform and Medicare Part B coverage policy analyses.

Prior to Avalere, she worked as intern for the American Cancer Society and Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center.

Francesca has a BS in Healthcare Policy and Hospital Management from Georgetown University.

Pirog

Francesca

Manager

202.459.6280

Francesca Pirog, Manager, has experience related to product commercialization, particularly in oncology, under both private and public payers. Specifically, Francesca specializes in Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) and Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) product launch work, which has included analyses of Medicaid FFS and Medicaid MCO coverage policies, subregulatory guidance and physician manuals to inform how new products may be covered. Francesca also specializes in Medicare Part B drug launch work, focusing on Medicare Administrative Contractor reform and Medicare Part B coverage policy analyses.

Prior to Avalere, she worked as intern for the American Cancer Society and Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center.

Francesca has a BS in Healthcare Policy and Hospital Management from Georgetown University.

Maria Proctor

Executive Assistant

Maria
Proctor

Maria Proctor, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Maria served as an Administrative Assistant with Forrester Construction and as an Assistant Manager with The University Shop.

Maria has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.

Proctor

Maria

Executive Assistant

202.459.6333

Maria Proctor, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Maria served as an Administrative Assistant with Forrester Construction and as an Assistant Manager with The University Shop.

Maria has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.

Jennifer Rak

Senior Manager

Jennifer
Rak

Jennifer Rak, Senior Manager, provides policy analysis and strategic advice on Medicare legislation and regulation and health insurance market reform. In particular, she focuses on policy and payment issues related to the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs.  Jennifer leads quantitative analyses related to changes in Medicare and other payment policies for clients, including changes to payments for health plans and drugs and biologics.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jennifer was an Executive Director in the Federal Programs Health Policy department at America's Health Insurance Plans. She also worked as an Associate in the law firm of Cooper and Dunham, LLC.

Jennifer has a BA from Reed College, a JD from Case Western Reserve University with a focus in Health Law, and a MPH from Emory University.

Rak

Jennifer

Senior Manager

202.459.6290

Jennifer Rak, Senior Manager, provides policy analysis and strategic advice on Medicare legislation and regulation and health insurance market reform. In particular, she focuses on policy and payment issues related to the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs.  Jennifer leads quantitative analyses related to changes in Medicare and other payment policies for clients, including changes to payments for health plans and drugs and biologics.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jennifer was an Executive Director in the Federal Programs Health Policy department at America's Health Insurance Plans. She also worked as an Associate in the law firm of Cooper and Dunham, LLC.

Jennifer has a BA from Reed College, a JD from Case Western Reserve University with a focus in Health Law, and a MPH from Emory University.

Lakshman Ramamurthy

Director

Lakshman
Ramamurthy

Lakshman Ramamurthy, Director of FDA Strategy and Regulatory Policy, advises clients on medical device regulation and how to incorporate FDA regulatory strategy in business planning. He also aids clients on product life cycle management and evidence planning , including how best to leverage evidence generation for regulatory and reimbursement approval.  Lakshman partners with device and diagnostics companies to anticipate evidentiary demands for product approval and real-world demands of purchasers and clinicians. He provides regulatory risk analysis and due diligence to private equity and venture capital companies investing in device/diagnostics companies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lakshman worked at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH); the Office of Commissioner, FDA; GlaxoSmithKline; and Almac Diagnostics, Inc.

Lakshman has a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is a member of FDA's strategic team guiding the Entrepreneurs in Residence program at FDA CDRH, and a member of the Clinical Lab Standards Institute.  Lakshman serves as faculty at the NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) Academy of Excellence and Leadership in Oncology.

Ramamurthy

Lakshman

Director

202.355.6013

Lakshman Ramamurthy, Director of FDA Strategy and Regulatory Policy, advises clients on medical device regulation and how to incorporate FDA regulatory strategy in business planning. He also aids clients on product life cycle management and evidence planning , including how best to leverage evidence generation for regulatory and reimbursement approval.  Lakshman partners with device and diagnostics companies to anticipate evidentiary demands for product approval and real-world demands of purchasers and clinicians. He provides regulatory risk analysis and due diligence to private equity and venture capital companies investing in device/diagnostics companies.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lakshman worked at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH); the Office of Commissioner, FDA; GlaxoSmithKline; and Almac Diagnostics, Inc.

Lakshman has a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is a member of FDA's strategic team guiding the Entrepreneurs in Residence program at FDA CDRH, and a member of the Clinical Lab Standards Institute.  Lakshman serves as faculty at the NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) Academy of Excellence and Leadership in Oncology.

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

Analyst

Jackie
Risco

Jackie Risco, Research Analyst, leads data tracking and content management for Avalere’s EBM Navigator, a comprehensive online solution designed to anticipate market and regulatory changes in Evidence Based Medicine. Jackie also has special expertise in health systems research, policy analysis and public health program evaluation.

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

Analyst

202.459.6303

Jackie Risco, Research Analyst, leads data tracking and content management for Avalere’s EBM Navigator, a comprehensive online solution designed to anticipate market and regulatory changes in Evidence Based Medicine. Jackie also has special expertise in health systems research, policy analysis and public health program evaluation.

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.

Chris Robinson

Manager

Chris
Robinson

Chris Robinson, Manager, provides SAS programming support on a wide range of our data analytic projects. Chris specializes in working with Medicare claims data and various federal survey data, especially as they relate to payment reform efforts. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris worked at The Lewin Group, where he was the lead SAS Programmer on projects involving Medicaid claims data, the Head Start early childhood education program, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Chris has a BA in Economics from George Washington University.

Robinson

Chris

Manager

202.207.3801

Chris Robinson, Manager, provides SAS programming support on a wide range of our data analytic projects. Chris specializes in working with Medicare claims data and various federal survey data, especially as they relate to payment reform efforts. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Chris worked at The Lewin Group, where he was the lead SAS Programmer on projects involving Medicaid claims data, the Head Start early childhood education program, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Chris has a BA in Economics from George Washington University.

Sandy Robinson

Senior Vice President

Sandy
Robinson

Sandy Robinson, Senior Vice President, founded and leads Avalere’s Patient Access Solutions practice to strategically advise life science companies and foundations on the design/re-design of comprehensive patient support programs based on marketplace dynamics and commercial objectives. The team focuses on patient-centric solutions including internal/ external/hybrid support programs, engagement with patient advocacy groups, and solutions intended to ensure better patient adherence and care transitions.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sandy was an Executive Director for Market Access Solutions and in the Center for Pricing and Reimbursement at United BioSource Corporation.  Sandy also has served as president of her own private healthcare research and consulting firm, and worked at State and Federal Associates, Inc. as well as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Hawaii.

Sandy has a BA in Biology from Catawba College, a MPA from Western Kentucky University, and is a graduate of the Wharton Executive Education Program.

Robinson

Sandy

Senior Vice President

202.459.6301

Sandy Robinson, Senior Vice President, founded and leads Avalere’s Patient Access Solutions practice to strategically advise life science companies and foundations on the design/re-design of comprehensive patient support programs based on marketplace dynamics and commercial objectives. The team focuses on patient-centric solutions including internal/ external/hybrid support programs, engagement with patient advocacy groups, and solutions intended to ensure better patient adherence and care transitions.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sandy was an Executive Director for Market Access Solutions and in the Center for Pricing and Reimbursement at United BioSource Corporation.  Sandy also has served as president of her own private healthcare research and consulting firm, and worked at State and Federal Associates, Inc. as well as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Hawaii.

Sandy has a BA in Biology from Catawba College, a MPA from Western Kentucky University, and is a graduate of the Wharton Executive Education Program.

David Robison

Associate

David
Robison

David Robison, Associate, provides support on the production of key deliverables to the Evidence Translational & Implementation practice, primarily specializing in systematic literature review, patient outcome measurement, and clinical best practice guidelines. David also has special expertise in the development of clinical databases and patient data repositories. 

Prior to joining Avalere, David served as a Research & Laboratory Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Brain Tumor Center & Neuro-Oncology Unit. There, he performed survival analysis on patients with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and investigated the degradation of tumor biomarkers in human cerebrospinal fluid samples. 

David has a BS in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

Robison

David

Associate

202.459.6315

David Robison, Associate, provides support on the production of key deliverables to the Evidence Translational & Implementation practice, primarily specializing in systematic literature review, patient outcome measurement, and clinical best practice guidelines. David also has special expertise in the development of clinical databases and patient data repositories. 

Prior to joining Avalere, David served as a Research & Laboratory Assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Brain Tumor Center & Neuro-Oncology Unit. There, he performed survival analysis on patients with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and investigated the degradation of tumor biomarkers in human cerebrospinal fluid samples. 

David has a BS in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. 

Sally Rodriguez

Director

Sally
Rodriguez

Sally Rodriguez, Director, provides analytic and strategic support to our clients in the post-acute and long-term care sectors by using data analysis and policy expertise to help them navigate the healthcare market. Sally uses a variety of Medicare and Medicaid data sources to conduct original analyses that shed light on key issues in post-acute and long-term care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sally worked as an Analyst for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to GAO, she fielded and analyzed HEDIS CAHPS surveys for the Center for the Study of Services, and worked for a Washington, DC-based policy consultant.

Sally has a BS in Health Promotion Disease Prevention Studies from the University of Southern California and a MPH with a concentration in Policy from George Washington University.

Rodriguez

Sally

Director

202.459.6275

Sally Rodriguez, Director, provides analytic and strategic support to our clients in the post-acute and long-term care sectors by using data analysis and policy expertise to help them navigate the healthcare market. Sally uses a variety of Medicare and Medicaid data sources to conduct original analyses that shed light on key issues in post-acute and long-term care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sally worked as an Analyst for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to GAO, she fielded and analyzed HEDIS CAHPS surveys for the Center for the Study of Services, and worked for a Washington, DC-based policy consultant.

Sally has a BS in Health Promotion Disease Prevention Studies from the University of Southern California and a MPH with a concentration in Policy from George Washington University.

Daymelis Santiesteban

Accounts Payable Specialist

Daymelis
Santiesteban

Daymelis Santiesteban, Accounts Payable Specialist, serves as a member of the Accounting team. Daymelis manages all vendor related invoices and contracts, as well as accounts receivables collections. Daymelis has a strong background in accounting and corporate finance.

Prior to joining Avalere, Daymelis served as a Sales Auditor and Accounting Assistant for Stellar Partners. While there, Daymelis was responsible for general ledger reporting, invoicing, and revenue analysis.

Daymelis has a BA in International Studies from the University of South Florida and is pursuing a MA in Public Policy from George Mason University.

Santiesteban

Daymelis

Accounts Payable Specialist

202.459.6323

Daymelis Santiesteban, Accounts Payable Specialist, serves as a member of the Accounting team. Daymelis manages all vendor related invoices and contracts, as well as accounts receivables collections. Daymelis has a strong background in accounting and corporate finance.

Prior to joining Avalere, Daymelis served as a Sales Auditor and Accounting Assistant for Stellar Partners. While there, Daymelis was responsible for general ledger reporting, invoicing, and revenue analysis.

Daymelis has a BA in International Studies from the University of South Florida and is pursuing a MA in Public Policy from George Mason University.

Robin Saxton

Executive Assistant

Robin
Saxton

Robin Saxton, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Robin served as an Administrative Assistant II at T. Rowe Price and as a Teller for Wachovia Bank.

Saxton

Robin

Executive Assistant

202.459.6240

Robin Saxton, Executive Assistant, provides internal client support in the areas of scheduling, time management, and research.

Prior to joining Avalere, Robin served as an Administrative Assistant II at T. Rowe Price and as a Teller for Wachovia Bank.

Theresa Schmidt

Senior Manager

Theresa
Schmidt

Theresa Schmidt, Senior Manager, Product Technology leads strategic planning, development and implementation of Avalere’s Quality Measures Navigator. She applies her background in health information technology, quality measures, and client relationship management to ensure a high quality product that meets client and industry needs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Theresa was Manager of Education at eHealth Data Solutions, where she coordinated and monitored software implementation, training and support of customers and collaborated in the software development process.  Prior to that, as a Senior Management Associate, she maintained and developed customer relationships while providing training and support. 

Theresa has an MA in Sociology from The Ohio State University and a BA in Sociology and English from Oberlin College. She has served on the board and is an active member of Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes.

Schmidt

Theresa

Senior Manager

202-355-6080

Theresa Schmidt, Senior Manager, Product Technology leads strategic planning, development and implementation of Avalere’s Quality Measures Navigator. She applies her background in health information technology, quality measures, and client relationship management to ensure a high quality product that meets client and industry needs.

Prior to joining Avalere, Theresa was Manager of Education at eHealth Data Solutions, where she coordinated and monitored software implementation, training and support of customers and collaborated in the software development process.  Prior to that, as a Senior Management Associate, she maintained and developed customer relationships while providing training and support. 

Theresa has an MA in Sociology from The Ohio State University and a BA in Sociology and English from Oberlin College. She has served on the board and is an active member of Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes.

Kristie Schmitt

Director

Kristie
Schmitt

Kristie Schmitt, Business Development Director, partners with life sciences clients on ways to effectively and successfully navigate the ever-changing healthcare environment. She works with pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and diagnostic clients to identify challenges and advise them on the many solutions Avalere can deliver.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristie served as a Regional Account Manager for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy and as a Professional Sales Representative for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical.  

Kristie has a BA in Communications from California State University at San Bernardino.

Schmitt

Kristie

Director

202.207.3687

Kristie Schmitt, Business Development Director, partners with life sciences clients on ways to effectively and successfully navigate the ever-changing healthcare environment. She works with pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and diagnostic clients to identify challenges and advise them on the many solutions Avalere can deliver.

Prior to joining Avalere, Kristie served as a Regional Account Manager for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy and as a Professional Sales Representative for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical.  

Kristie has a BA in Communications from California State University at San Bernardino.

Stephen Scott

Associate

Stephen
Scott

Stephen Scott, Associate, provides research, analytic and strategic support to clients in the post-acute and long-term care sectors. Stephen’s work is primarily focused on the skilled nursing industry, CMS’s bundled payment demonstration and improvements in care transitions. 

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

Associate

202.207.3475

Stephen Scott, Associate, provides research, analytic and strategic support to clients in the post-acute and long-term care sectors. Stephen’s work is primarily focused on the skilled nursing industry, CMS’s bundled payment demonstration and improvements in care transitions. 

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

Vice President

Josh
Seidman

Josh Seidman, 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 President of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and is a William B. Ziff Fellow for patient engagement with the Center for Advancing Health.

Seidman

Josh

Vice President

202.355.6028

Josh Seidman, 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 President of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and is a William B. Ziff Fellow for patient engagement with the Center for Advancing Health.

Colin Shannon

Manager

Colin
Shannon

Colin Shannon, Manager, provides research and analytical support and strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Colin has reimbursement and product commercialization expertise pertaining to commercial payers, Medicare Parts B and D, specialty pharmaceuticals, and federal budget policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colin interned for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY).

Colin has a BA in Government from Harvard University.  He was a Center for American Political Studies Student Fellow as part of his senior thesis research, which analyzed the evolution of the budget reconciliation process in the determination of legislative outcomes.

Shannon

Colin

Manager

202.207.3820

Colin Shannon, Manager, provides research and analytical support and strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Colin has reimbursement and product commercialization expertise pertaining to commercial payers, Medicare Parts B and D, specialty pharmaceuticals, and federal budget policy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colin interned for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY).

Colin has a BA in Government from Harvard University.  He was a Center for American Political Studies Student Fellow as part of his senior thesis research, which analyzed the evolution of the budget reconciliation process in the determination of legislative outcomes.

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.

Lilly Shields

Manager

Lilly
Shields

Lilly Shields, Manager, advises clients on regulatory and legislative developments in the post-acute and long-term healthcare sectors. She applies her background in policy analysis to help clients define policy alternatives and understand impacts, navigate new payment and delivery systems, and understand key regulatory and legislative changes.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lilly was an Analyst with the Government Accountability Office, providing nonpartisan health policy research and analysis to the U.S. Congress. Previously, she was a Program Assistant with both the Wisconsin Legislative Council, conducting legal and policy research related to proposed legislation, and the Population Health Institute, analyzing the effects of Wisconsin’s Medicaid expansion.

Lilly has a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a BA from Carleton College.

Shields

Lilly

Manager

202.207.1328

Lilly Shields, Manager, advises clients on regulatory and legislative developments in the post-acute and long-term healthcare sectors. She applies her background in policy analysis to help clients define policy alternatives and understand impacts, navigate new payment and delivery systems, and understand key regulatory and legislative changes.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lilly was an Analyst with the Government Accountability Office, providing nonpartisan health policy research and analysis to the U.S. Congress. Previously, she was a Program Assistant with both the Wisconsin Legislative Council, conducting legal and policy research related to proposed legislation, and the Population Health Institute, analyzing the effects of Wisconsin’s Medicaid expansion.

Lilly has a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has a BA from Carleton College.

Ilnaz Shirkhorshidian

Manager

Ilnaz
Shirkhorshidian

Ilnaz Shirkhorshidian, Manager, integrates her clinical knowledge as a pharmacist with research and policy experience to advise clients on the development of evidence generation strategies and value messages. She collaborates with life sciences companies to prepare and support clients for product launch, and performs literature critiques, reviews, and syntheses to provide clients with a better understanding of a condition or issue to inform business strategies or advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ilnaz served as the Executive Resident at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and as a Geriatric Pharmacy Resident at the University of New Mexico.

Ilnaz has a PharmD in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico, College of Pharmacy. She continues to practice clinical pharmacy as a community and geriatric consultant pharmacist.

Shirkhorshidian

Ilnaz

Manager

202.459.6270

Ilnaz Shirkhorshidian, Manager, integrates her clinical knowledge as a pharmacist with research and policy experience to advise clients on the development of evidence generation strategies and value messages. She collaborates with life sciences companies to prepare and support clients for product launch, and performs literature critiques, reviews, and syntheses to provide clients with a better understanding of a condition or issue to inform business strategies or advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining Avalere, Ilnaz served as the Executive Resident at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and as a Geriatric Pharmacy Resident at the University of New Mexico.

Ilnaz has a PharmD in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico, College of Pharmacy. She continues to practice clinical pharmacy as a community and geriatric consultant pharmacist.

Sharon Siler

Director

Sharon
Siler

Sharon Siler, Director of Business Integrity, supports internal client teams in navigating contracts, conflicts of interest, and compliance issues. Since joining the firm in 2006, Sharon has held positions in Avalere’s Healthcare Networks and Health IT practices, where she focused on the business impacts of payment and delivery reforms.

Before joining Avalere, Sharon was a law clerk with the North Carolina Medicaid Fraud Investigations Unit, as well as the Antitrust and Consumer Litigation Section of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Prior to entering law school, Sharon was a legal assistant at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, and a project assistant at Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Sharon holds a BA in Public Policy Studies and a Certificate in Health Policy from Duke University, and a JD from the University of Richmond School of Law.

Siler

Sharon

Director

202.207.3479

Sharon Siler, Director of Business Integrity, supports internal client teams in navigating contracts, conflicts of interest, and compliance issues. Since joining the firm in 2006, Sharon has held positions in Avalere’s Healthcare Networks and Health IT practices, where she focused on the business impacts of payment and delivery reforms.

Before joining Avalere, Sharon was a law clerk with the North Carolina Medicaid Fraud Investigations Unit, as well as the Antitrust and Consumer Litigation Section of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Prior to entering law school, Sharon was a legal assistant at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, and a project assistant at Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Sharon holds a BA in Public Policy Studies and a Certificate in Health Policy from Duke University, and a JD from the University of Richmond School of Law.

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 Associate

Chris
Sloan

Chris Sloan, Senior Associate, provides strategic analysis and advice to help clients assess the impact of health reform regulations and guidance on their product and business strategies. He has particular expertise in the areas of insurance exchanges, consumer assistance, and American Indian/Alaskan Natives health reform provisions.

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 Associate

202.207.3476

Chris Sloan, Senior Associate, provides strategic analysis and advice to help clients assess the impact of health reform regulations and guidance on their product and business strategies. He has particular expertise in the areas of insurance exchanges, consumer assistance, and American Indian/Alaskan Natives health reform provisions.

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.

Sarah Snyder

Manager

Sarah
Snyder

Sarah Snyder, Manager, advises clients on developments and trends in the post-acute and long-term healthcare sectors. She applies her background in policy analysis to help clients define policy alternatives and understand impacts, navigate new payment and delivery structures, and understand key regulatory and legislative changes for hospitals and post-acute care providers.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sarah served as a Program Examiner for the Office of Management and Budget, where she reviewed complex Medicare regulations and demonstrations and developed proposals for the President’s Budget. Additionally, she has worked for HHS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, contributing to regulation drafting and policy analysis related to Essential Health Benefits.  Prior to graduate school, Sarah served as an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow conducting outreach to enroll children and families in low-cost health insurance.

Sarah has a Masters of Public Policy from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a BA in Politics from Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. 

Snyder

Sarah

Manager

202.207.3477

Sarah Snyder, Manager, advises clients on developments and trends in the post-acute and long-term healthcare sectors. She applies her background in policy analysis to help clients define policy alternatives and understand impacts, navigate new payment and delivery structures, and understand key regulatory and legislative changes for hospitals and post-acute care providers.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sarah served as a Program Examiner for the Office of Management and Budget, where she reviewed complex Medicare regulations and demonstrations and developed proposals for the President’s Budget. Additionally, she has worked for HHS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, contributing to regulation drafting and policy analysis related to Essential Health Benefits.  Prior to graduate school, Sarah served as an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow conducting outreach to enroll children and families in low-cost health insurance.

Sarah has a Masters of Public Policy from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a BA in Politics from Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. 

Minnie Song

Manager

Minnie
Song

Minnie Song, Manager, advises clients on generation and implementation of evidence-based strategies for evaluating quality of care and linking it to payment and value creation.  She applies her background in life science, public health and business to lead various projects.  Minnie also brings expertise in clinical medicine, outcomes research and global health with a focus on infectious diseases and vaccine development.

Prior to joining Avalere, Minnie worked as a Project Manager in Global Health Outcomes at Merck & Co. managing observational studies and utilizing cost-effectiveness models to support product launches.  Additionally, she has provided research support to International Vaccine Access Center in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Minnie also has served as a Medical Officer in Korea’s Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, revising and implementing new national immunization standards and developing vaccination action plans related to disease outbreaks.

Minnie has a MPH and a MBA from the Johns Hopkins University and a MD from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Song

Minnie

Manager

202.207.3833

Minnie Song, Manager, advises clients on generation and implementation of evidence-based strategies for evaluating quality of care and linking it to payment and value creation.  She applies her background in life science, public health and business to lead various projects.  Minnie also brings expertise in clinical medicine, outcomes research and global health with a focus on infectious diseases and vaccine development.

Prior to joining Avalere, Minnie worked as a Project Manager in Global Health Outcomes at Merck & Co. managing observational studies and utilizing cost-effectiveness models to support product launches.  Additionally, she has provided research support to International Vaccine Access Center in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Minnie also has served as a Medical Officer in Korea’s Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, revising and implementing new national immunization standards and developing vaccination action plans related to disease outbreaks.

Minnie has a MPH and a MBA from the Johns Hopkins University and a MD from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Elana Leventhal Stair

Senior Manager

Elana Leventhal
Stair

Elana Leventhal Stair, Senior Manager, advises clients on Medicare post-acute care policy issues focusing on payment delivery system reforms such as bundled payments and Medicaid and long-term care policy issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Elana served as a Policy Advisory for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Before that, she was a Consultant with the Advisory Board Company. While in graduate school, Elana worked for the UK National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment, the division of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) dedicated to the assessment of new medical treatments.

Elana has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a MSc in International Health Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics.

Stair

Elana Leventhal

Senior Manager

202.207.3686

Elana Leventhal Stair, Senior Manager, advises clients on Medicare post-acute care policy issues focusing on payment delivery system reforms such as bundled payments and Medicaid and long-term care policy issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Elana served as a Policy Advisory for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Before that, she was a Consultant with the Advisory Board Company. While in graduate school, Elana worked for the UK National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment, the division of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) dedicated to the assessment of new medical treatments.

Elana has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a MSc in International Health Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics.

Jonathan Staloff

Associate

Jonathan
Staloff

Jonathan Staloff, Associate, supports the research and analysis efforts of Avalere’s Center for Payment & Delivery Innovation™ . Through his work with the Center, Jonathan assists health care stakeholders in adapting their business models and practices to achieve better health outcomes at lower costs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jonathan interned with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, where he helped design the implementation framework for the Foundation’s prescription drug abuse prevention program. His work served as a foundation for the Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, where he continues to serve on the board of advisors.

Jonathan has an AB with honors in Community Health from Brown University.

Staloff

Jonathan

Associate

202-355-6055

Jonathan Staloff, Associate, supports the research and analysis efforts of Avalere’s Center for Payment & Delivery Innovation™ . Through his work with the Center, Jonathan assists health care stakeholders in adapting their business models and practices to achieve better health outcomes at lower costs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Jonathan interned with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, where he helped design the implementation framework for the Foundation’s prescription drug abuse prevention program. His work served as a foundation for the Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, where he continues to serve on the board of advisors.

Jonathan has an AB with honors in Community Health from Brown University.

Jenna Stento

Director

Jenna
Stento

Jenna Stento, Director, advises clients on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, particularly enrollment and benefit design in health insurance exchanges. Jenna has a detailed understanding of the 2006 Massachusetts coverage expansion and its impact on the state’s healthcare industry, which enables her to help clients anticipate the implications of federal health reform on their business.

Jenna also leads the team responsible for creating and maintaining Avalere’s proprietary state-level health insurance enrollment model and condition-specific coverage models. Her other areas of expertise include Medicaid prescription drug pricing and rebates, cost-containment efforts, and care for HIV/AIDS patients.  She is a frequent presenter to external audiences, including life sciences and provider audiences, on the evolving healthcare landscape as a result of reform.

Jenna has a BS in Business Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University.

Stento

Jenna

Director

202.459.6325

Jenna Stento, Director, advises clients on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, particularly enrollment and benefit design in health insurance exchanges. Jenna has a detailed understanding of the 2006 Massachusetts coverage expansion and its impact on the state’s healthcare industry, which enables her to help clients anticipate the implications of federal health reform on their business.

Jenna also leads the team responsible for creating and maintaining Avalere’s proprietary state-level health insurance enrollment model and condition-specific coverage models. Her other areas of expertise include Medicaid prescription drug pricing and rebates, cost-containment efforts, and care for HIV/AIDS patients.  She is a frequent presenter to external audiences, including life sciences and provider audiences, on the evolving healthcare landscape as a result of reform.

Jenna has a BS in Business Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University.

Geoffrey Storchan

Senior Associate

Geoffrey
Storchan

Geoffrey Storchan, Fellow, advises clients on FDA policy.  Geoffrey applies his background in life sciences to track policy updates and the impact of those policies on regulatory strategy and implementation.  Geoffrey also has special expertise in the areas of endocrinology and biotechnology.

Prior to joining Avalere, Geoffrey was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, planning and performing experiments related to 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 Associate

202.459.6281

Geoffrey Storchan, Fellow, advises clients on FDA policy.  Geoffrey applies his background in life sciences to track policy updates and the impact of those policies on regulatory strategy and implementation.  Geoffrey also has special expertise in the areas of endocrinology and biotechnology.

Prior to joining Avalere, Geoffrey was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, planning and performing experiments related to 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

CRM System Administrator

Eli
Strong

Eli Strong, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System Administrator, 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

CRM System Administrator

202.207.1323

Eli Strong, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System Administrator, 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.

Lisa Strumwasser

Manager

Lisa
Strumwasser

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

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

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

Strumwasser

Lisa

Manager

202.459.6279

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

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

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

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.

Milena Sullivan

Manager

Milena
Sullivan

Milena Sullivan, Manager, advises clients on the policy impacts of health care reform on their commercial and advocacy priorities, with an emphasis on Medicaid and health insurance exchanges.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Milena was a Project Manager, Government Affairs and Public Policy, at Novartis, tracking legislative and regulatory developments with respect to vaccines. In addition, she analyzed the impact of the ACA on the division’s products and customers. Prior to that, she was an Associate with the Boston-based MEP Consulting, where she provided business process and strategy support to clients in the healthcare and biotechnology industries. 

Milena has an MA in International Policy and Practice from The George Washington University and a BA from Miami University of Ohio. She is also an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

Sullivan

Milena

Manager

202-355-6034
Milena Sullivan, Manager, advises clients on the policy impacts of health care reform on their commercial and advocacy priorities, with an emphasis on Medicaid and health insurance exchanges.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Milena was a Project Manager, Government Affairs and Public Policy, at Novartis, tracking legislative and regulatory developments with respect to vaccines. In addition, she analyzed the impact of the ACA on the division’s products and customers. Prior to that, she was an Associate with the Boston-based MEP Consulting, where she provided business process and strategy support to clients in the healthcare and biotechnology industries. 

Milena has an MA in International Policy and Practice from The George Washington University and a BA from Miami University of Ohio. She is also an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

Giovani Sundari

G/L Accounting Manager

Giovani
Sundari

Giovani “Gio” Sundari, G/L Accounting Manager, oversees Avalere’s Accounts Payable and Expense Reporting processes.  She has special expertise in budgeting and financial statement analysis and preparation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gio worked at AccountTemp as a Staff Accountant and at Unilever as a Senior Accountant.

Gio has a BS in Accounting and Finance from Gajahyana University in Indonesia.

Sundari

Giovani

G/L Accounting Manager

202.207.3473

Giovani “Gio” Sundari, G/L Accounting Manager, oversees Avalere’s Accounts Payable and Expense Reporting processes.  She has special expertise in budgeting and financial statement analysis and preparation.

Prior to joining Avalere, Gio worked at AccountTemp as a Staff Accountant and at Unilever as a Senior Accountant.

Gio has a BS in Accounting and Finance from Gajahyana University in Indonesia.

Julia Sushelsky

Senior Associate

Julia
Sushelsky

Julia Sushelsky, Senior Associate, supports clients across the Life Sciences sector by applying her background in research and relationship management to identify and help her clients capitalize on trends affecting the life sciences world.

Prior to joining Avalere, Julia served as an Account Manager at Belly, a customer loyalty platform, and was responsible for building merchant engagement and developing sales strategy for future market penetration. She has also worked for the Corporate Executive Board Company, as well as interning at the AARP Foundation.  

Julia received both her MA in Sociology and BA in Sociology from DePaul University.

Sushelsky

Julia

Senior Associate

Julia Sushelsky, Senior Associate, supports clients across the Life Sciences sector by applying her background in research and relationship management to identify and help her clients capitalize on trends affecting the life sciences world.

Prior to joining Avalere, Julia served as an Account Manager at Belly, a customer loyalty platform, and was responsible for building merchant engagement and developing sales strategy for future market penetration. She has also worked for the Corporate Executive Board Company, as well as interning at the AARP Foundation.  

Julia received both her MA in Sociology and BA in Sociology from DePaul University.

Natalie Sweetnam

Associate

Natalie
Sweetnam

​Natalie Sweetnam, Associate, provides strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Natalie worked for Accordia Global Health Foundation, providing programmatic support and conducting research on various health issues and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Natalie also served as a healthcare market research intern at the Cancer Support Community’s Research and Training Institute, where she developed expertise in the oncology field by conducting interviews with breast cancer survivors, writing articles for monthly publication, and conducting research on cost effectiveness studies and cancer.

Natalie holds a B.A. in Health and Societies and a minor in Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sweetnam

Natalie

Associate

202.459.6288

​Natalie Sweetnam, Associate, provides strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.

Prior to joining Avalere, Natalie worked for Accordia Global Health Foundation, providing programmatic support and conducting research on various health issues and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Natalie also served as a healthcare market research intern at the Cancer Support Community’s Research and Training Institute, where she developed expertise in the oncology field by conducting interviews with breast cancer survivors, writing articles for monthly publication, and conducting research on cost effectiveness studies and cancer.

Natalie holds a B.A. in Health and Societies and a minor in Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff Terkowitz

Senior Manager

Jeff
Terkowitz

Jeff Terkowitz, Senior Manager, oversees the design, maintenance, and ongoing enhancement of Avalere’s Vantage Care Positioning System™ (CPS). Vantage CPS is a market insights solution that delivers a view of Medicare patient pathways between acute and post-acute settings of care. He works with providers to help them understand the value of the data and how they can use the information to answer important business questions, such as understanding provider performance, readmissions, benchmarking, and evaluating partners in a care coordination environment.

Jeff previously worked at FedSources, a consulting firm that serves government contractors, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Jeff has a BA in Government from Cornell University.

Terkowitz

Jeff

Senior Manager

202.207.3834

Jeff Terkowitz, Senior Manager, oversees the design, maintenance, and ongoing enhancement of Avalere’s Vantage Care Positioning System™ (CPS). Vantage CPS is a market insights solution that delivers a view of Medicare patient pathways between acute and post-acute settings of care. He works with providers to help them understand the value of the data and how they can use the information to answer important business questions, such as understanding provider performance, readmissions, benchmarking, and evaluating partners in a care coordination environment.

Jeff previously worked at FedSources, a consulting firm that serves government contractors, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Jeff has a BA in Government from Cornell University.

Tyler Thornhill

Director

Tyler
Thornhill

Tyler Thornhill, Director, advises public and private equity markets clients on how federal and state legislative, regulatory, and political developments and processes will affect the healthcare industry. His analysis and insight support our clients’ current and future investments across various healthcare sectors.    

Prior to joining Avalere, Tyler was a health policy Research Associate for Potomac Research Group and Citigroup Investment Research. Before that, Tyler practiced law in Washington, DC, including work on healthcare antitrust litigation.  

Tyler has a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Georgia.

Thornhill

Tyler

Director

202.207.3688

Tyler Thornhill, Director, advises public and private equity markets clients on how federal and state legislative, regulatory, and political developments and processes will affect the healthcare industry. His analysis and insight support our clients’ current and future investments across various healthcare sectors.    

Prior to joining Avalere, Tyler was a health policy Research Associate for Potomac Research Group and Citigroup Investment Research. Before that, Tyler practiced law in Washington, DC, including work on healthcare antitrust litigation.  

Tyler has a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Georgia.

Madris Tomes

Senior Manager

Madris
Tomes

Madris Tomes, Senior Manager, oversees the development of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She has deep regulatory knowledge and has worked extensively on FDA informatics, post-market surveillance and potential integration of Unique Device Identification (UDI) into Meaningful Use and EHRs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Madris was a Public Health Analyst at the FDA, managing the agency’s Adverse Events Reporting System to enhance reporting analytics for the improvement of patient safety. In addition, she was the UDI External Program Manager, performing outreach in multiple settings including clinical, hospital, patient, consumer and regulatory and leading meetings with national and global agencies. She also worked for Booz Allen Hamilton creating audit rules for Medicare Part D Recovery Audit Contractors, for CGI Federal as a Senior Consultant with oversight of fraud, waste and abuse efforts via provider enrollment and with Kaiser Permanente.

Madris has a BS from Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Insurance. She earned her MBA in Information Technology from American University and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Tomes

Madris

Senior Manager

202-355-6036

Madris Tomes, Senior Manager, oversees the development of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She has deep regulatory knowledge and has worked extensively on FDA informatics, post-market surveillance and potential integration of Unique Device Identification (UDI) into Meaningful Use and EHRs. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Madris was a Public Health Analyst at the FDA, managing the agency’s Adverse Events Reporting System to enhance reporting analytics for the improvement of patient safety. In addition, she was the UDI External Program Manager, performing outreach in multiple settings including clinical, hospital, patient, consumer and regulatory and leading meetings with national and global agencies. She also worked for Booz Allen Hamilton creating audit rules for Medicare Part D Recovery Audit Contractors, for CGI Federal as a Senior Consultant with oversight of fraud, waste and abuse efforts via provider enrollment and with Kaiser Permanente.

Madris has a BS from Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Insurance. She earned her MBA in Information Technology from American University and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Angel Valladares

Senior Associate

Angel
Valladares

Angel Valladares, Senior Associate, provides research and analytic support for clients within the field of evidence-based medicine and healthcare quality measurement and improvement. Angel has experience in patient-centered outcomes research, program evaluation, population health as well as 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. 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 has an MPH from the University of Michigan and a BS in Biological Science and Anthropology from Florida State University.

Valladares

Angel

Senior Associate

202-305-6067
Angel Valladares, Senior Associate, provides research and analytic support for clients within the field of evidence-based medicine and healthcare quality measurement and improvement. Angel has experience in patient-centered outcomes research, program evaluation, population health as well as 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. 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 has an MPH from the University of Michigan and a BS in Biological Science and Anthropology from Florida State University.

Erin Velez

Senior Associate

Erin
Velez

Erin Velez, Senior Associate, advises clients on policy and commercial issues related to evidence-based medicine and current changes in payment and delivery reform.  Erin also has special expertise in therapeutic areas specific to renal disorders and substance abuse.

Prior to joining Avalere, Erin interned at the Renal Research Institute in New York, NY, and served as a Research Assistant at Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine.  

Erin has a BA in History of Science, History of Medicine from Yale University a MSPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Velez

Erin

Senior Associate

202.207.3680

Erin Velez, Senior Associate, advises clients on policy and commercial issues related to evidence-based medicine and current changes in payment and delivery reform.  Erin also has special expertise in therapeutic areas specific to renal disorders and substance abuse.

Prior to joining Avalere, Erin interned at the Renal Research Institute in New York, NY, and served as a Research Assistant at Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine.  

Erin has a BA in History of Science, History of Medicine from Yale University a MSPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jenna Ventresca

Senior Associate

Jenna
Ventresca

Jenna Ventresca, Senior Associate, provides support in the development and generation of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in research and policy analysis to analyze policy changes and trends in the ever-changing marketplace.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jenna was an International Research Intern at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, studying the impact of tobacco in priority countries and applying research findings to determine advocacy and policy strategies. Formerly, she served as a Law Clerk with Steuer, Escovar, Berk and Brown where she focused primarily on social security disability insurance claims. 

Jenna has a JD from Case Western Reserve University with a concentration in Health Law and a BS in Health Science from Brock University. 

Ventresca

Jenna

Senior Associate

Jenna Ventresca, Senior Associate, provides support in the development and generation of business intelligence products and solutions for the Life Sciences sector. She applies her background in research and policy analysis to analyze policy changes and trends in the ever-changing marketplace.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jenna was an International Research Intern at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, studying the impact of tobacco in priority countries and applying research findings to determine advocacy and policy strategies. Formerly, she served as a Law Clerk with Steuer, Escovar, Berk and Brown where she focused primarily on social security disability insurance claims. 

Jenna has a JD from Case Western Reserve University with a concentration in Health Law and a BS in Health Science from Brock University. 

MaryAlina Vettichira

Associate

MaryAlina
Vettichira

MaryAlina Vettichira, Associate, supports clients on communications projects including public affairs plans, digital platform development and dialogue events.  She applies her background in public relations focusing on social media, communication elements and public policy to her work with clients.  MaryAlina also has special expertise in working with nonprofit groups.

Prior to joining Avalere, MaryAlina interned for the office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey, D-NY, working on policy issues in the transportation and healthcare space.

MaryAlina graduated with honors from the New York Institute of Technology with a BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University. 

Vettichira

MaryAlina

Associate

202.459.6285

MaryAlina Vettichira, Associate, supports clients on communications projects including public affairs plans, digital platform development and dialogue events.  She applies her background in public relations focusing on social media, communication elements and public policy to her work with clients.  MaryAlina also has special expertise in working with nonprofit groups.

Prior to joining Avalere, MaryAlina interned for the office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey, D-NY, working on policy issues in the transportation and healthcare space.

MaryAlina graduated with honors from the New York Institute of Technology with a BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University. 

Maria Vogelei

Director

Maria
Vogelei

Maria Vogelei, Director, leads our marketing and branding efforts. In this role, she leads efforts to develop and implement campaigns to increase brand awareness and generate qualified leads. She also oversees production of branded promotional materials and identifies channels to enhance content delivery and promote client engagement. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Maria served as a Strategic Marketing Director for The Advisory Board Company, an MBA Intern for American Express, and an Account Executive with New York advertising agency Arnold Worldwide.

Maria has a BA in Psychology and Art History from George Washington University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Vogelei

Maria

Director

202.459.6249

Maria Vogelei, Director, leads our marketing and branding efforts. In this role, she leads efforts to develop and implement campaigns to increase brand awareness and generate qualified leads. She also oversees production of branded promotional materials and identifies channels to enhance content delivery and promote client engagement. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Maria served as a Strategic Marketing Director for The Advisory Board Company, an MBA Intern for American Express, and an Account Executive with New York advertising agency Arnold Worldwide.

Maria has a BA in Psychology and Art History from George Washington University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Liz Waibel

Senior Associate

Liz
Waibel

Liz Waibel, Senior Associate, provides research and analytic support for providers, health plans and life science companies with particular emphasis on payment and delivery reforms and accountable care organizations. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Liz was a Health Plan Compliance Analyst with Denver Health Medical Plan, Inc., responsible for the analysis of legislative, regulatory and statutory developments to assess impact to health plan stakeholders. Prior to that, as a Policy Analyst for the Governor’s Health Policy Advisor in Colorado, she researched and analyzed policy issues and regulations and prepared issue briefs, press releases and talking points. 

Liz has a Master of Public Health in Health Systems Management and Policy from the University of Colorado and a BS from Northern Arizona University. 

Waibel

Liz

Senior Associate

Liz Waibel, Senior Associate, provides research and analytic support for providers, health plans and life science companies with particular emphasis on payment and delivery reforms and accountable care organizations. 

Prior to joining Avalere, Liz was a Health Plan Compliance Analyst with Denver Health Medical Plan, Inc., responsible for the analysis of legislative, regulatory and statutory developments to assess impact to health plan stakeholders. Prior to that, as a Policy Analyst for the Governor’s Health Policy Advisor in Colorado, she researched and analyzed policy issues and regulations and prepared issue briefs, press releases and talking points. 

Liz has a Master of Public Health in Health Systems Management and Policy from the University of Colorado and a BS from Northern Arizona University. 

Rusty Walker

Manager

Rusty
Walker

Rusty Walker, Manager, provides due diligence and policy impact services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector.  His work focuses on evaluating and quantifying the effect of regulatory, reimbursement, and legislative risks associated with potential healthcare investments.  Rusty has a wide range of experience in Medicare payment policy, including reimbursement for physicians, durable medical equipment, clinical laboratory services, and skilled nursing facilities.     

Prior to joining Avalere, Rusty was a Program Examiner for the Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for the construction and analysis of policy initiatives, including President’s Budget proposals, and led the Health Division’s review of certain Part B regulations, including the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  His responsibilities also included review of demonstration proposals testing the patient-centered medical home concept. Prior to that as a Policy Analyst in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, he provided research and analysis on projects pertaining to Medicare Advantage (Part C) risk adjustment and payment, and physician credentialing and privileging in VA medical centers.

Rusty has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia and a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary.  

Walker

Rusty

Manager

Rusty Walker, Manager, provides due diligence and policy impact services to private equity firms investing in the healthcare sector.  His work focuses on evaluating and quantifying the effect of regulatory, reimbursement, and legislative risks associated with potential healthcare investments.  Rusty has a wide range of experience in Medicare payment policy, including reimbursement for physicians, durable medical equipment, clinical laboratory services, and skilled nursing facilities.     

Prior to joining Avalere, Rusty was a Program Examiner for the Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for the construction and analysis of policy initiatives, including President’s Budget proposals, and led the Health Division’s review of certain Part B regulations, including the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  His responsibilities also included review of demonstration proposals testing the patient-centered medical home concept. Prior to that as a Policy Analyst in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, he provided research and analysis on projects pertaining to Medicare Advantage (Part C) risk adjustment and payment, and physician credentialing and privileging in VA medical centers.

Rusty has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia and a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary.  

Elizabeth Walsh

Senior Associate

Elizabeth
Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh, Senior Associate, advises clients on trends regarding evidence generation, comparative effectiveness research, and performance improvement initiatives.  In particular, Elizabeth focuses on quality measurement and payment and delivery reform.

Prior to joining Avalere, Elizabeth interned at the White House National Economic Council and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

Elizabeth has a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Walsh

Elizabeth

Senior Associate

202.459.6268

Elizabeth Walsh, Senior Associate, advises clients on trends regarding evidence generation, comparative effectiveness research, and performance improvement initiatives.  In particular, Elizabeth focuses on quality measurement and payment and delivery reform.

Prior to joining Avalere, Elizabeth interned at the White House National Economic Council and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

Elizabeth has a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jenna Waltersdorf

Manager

Jenna
Waltersdorf

Jenna Waltersdorf, Manager, advises clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement policy. Jenna works with life sciences companies to incorporate payment and policy issues into strategic analysis and corporate strategy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jenna interned at Family Services of Westchester in Westchester, NY, and as a Research Assistant at the Robert Linhardt Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Jenna has a BS in Biology and Society from Cornell University.

Waltersdorf

Jenna

Manager

202.207.1306

Jenna Waltersdorf, Manager, advises clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement policy. Jenna works with life sciences companies to incorporate payment and policy issues into strategic analysis and corporate strategy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jenna interned at Family Services of Westchester in Westchester, NY, and as a Research Assistant at the Robert Linhardt Laboratory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Jenna has a BS in Biology and Society from Cornell University.

Guan Wang

Senior Accountant

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

Senior Accountant

Guan Wang, Senior Accountant, oversees Avalere’s Accounts Payable, Employee Expense Reimbursement and Fixed Asset processes.  Guan also assists with Avalere’s budgeting and forecasting.

Prior to joining Avalere, Guan was a Staff Accountant at the American Institute of Physics where her responsibilities included assisting the month-end close and preparing and distributing monthly financial statements.

Guan has a dual BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland.  She is a CPA from the State of Maryland.

Melissa Washington

Executive Assistant

Melissa
Washington

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

Prior to joining Avalere, Melissa served as an Executive Assistant with Dixon Group, Inc. and interned with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.

Melissa has a BA in Criminology from West Virginia University. She is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Washington

Melissa

Executive Assistant

202.459.6239

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

Prior to joining Avalere, Melissa served as an Executive Assistant with Dixon Group, Inc. and interned with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.

Melissa has a BA in Criminology from West Virginia University. She is also a U.S. Army veteran.

Jacob Widlitz

Manager

Jacob
Widlitz

Jacob Widlitz, Manager, provides strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Jacob has expertise in reimbursement and product commercialization for the Part D prescription drug benefit, Medicare Advantage, and specialty pharmacy areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jacob served as a Stanback Scientific Integrity intern for the Union of Concerned Scientists; Commercial Development Project Manager for PTC Therapeutics; and as a Secondary School Biology and Mathematics Teacher in the Peace Corps. 

Jacob has a BA in Biology from Cornell University and a MPP with a concentration in Health Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Widlitz

Jacob

Manager

202.459.6309

Jacob Widlitz, Manager, provides strategic guidance to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on policy, coverage, and reimbursement issues.  Jacob has expertise in reimbursement and product commercialization for the Part D prescription drug benefit, Medicare Advantage, and specialty pharmacy areas.

Prior to joining Avalere, Jacob served as a Stanback Scientific Integrity intern for the Union of Concerned Scientists; Commercial Development Project Manager for PTC Therapeutics; and as a Secondary School Biology and Mathematics Teacher in the Peace Corps. 

Jacob has a BA in Biology from Cornell University and a MPP with a concentration in Health Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Ken Williams

Director

Ken
Williams

Ken Williams, Director, advises Avalere’s clients on the strategic use of communications and technology to facilitate their commercial and operational imperatives. He specializes in interactive channel strategy and the development of engaging customer-facing tools and programs.

Prior to Avalere, Ken was founding Principal of Kwake Design, a full-service communications, design, and development agency. He also served as Executive Board Member, National Premedical Chair, and blogger at the American Medical Student Association. Previously, Ken worked in Communications at the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Currently, Ken is a master’s candidate in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University. He has a BA in Philosophy with university and department honors from New College of Florida/University of South Florida.

Williams

Ken

Director

202.207.3811

Ken Williams, Director, advises Avalere’s clients on the strategic use of communications and technology to facilitate their commercial and operational imperatives. He specializes in interactive channel strategy and the development of engaging customer-facing tools and programs.

Prior to Avalere, Ken was founding Principal of Kwake Design, a full-service communications, design, and development agency. He also served as Executive Board Member, National Premedical Chair, and blogger at the American Medical Student Association. Previously, Ken worked in Communications at the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Currently, Ken is a master’s candidate in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University. He has a BA in Philosophy with university and department honors from New College of Florida/University of South Florida.

Reginald Williams

Senior Vice President

Reginald
Williams

Reginald Williams, Senior Vice President, leads teams that deliver research, analytic, and strategic support to clients, with a focus on the needs of life sciences manufacturers and patient groups. He advises clients on medical technology policy, regulatory and market access strategies for new products, and the evolution of public and private payers' use of evidence for formulating coverage and reimbursement decisions, with a focus on the Medicare program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Reggie was a member of the health policy team at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).He also served as the Howard R. Swearer Public Service intern in the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Minority Health.

Reggie has an AB in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University. He also serves on the board of directors of Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. He is a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant reviewer and a member of NASI and Health Technology Assessment International.

Williams

Reginald

Senior Vice President

202.207.3685

Reginald Williams, Senior Vice President, leads teams that deliver research, analytic, and strategic support to clients, with a focus on the needs of life sciences manufacturers and patient groups. He advises clients on medical technology policy, regulatory and market access strategies for new products, and the evolution of public and private payers' use of evidence for formulating coverage and reimbursement decisions, with a focus on the Medicare program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Reggie was a member of the health policy team at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).He also served as the Howard R. Swearer Public Service intern in the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Minority Health.

Reggie has an AB in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University. He also serves on the board of directors of Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. He is a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research grant reviewer and a member of NASI and Health Technology Assessment International.

Nicholas Wimbush

Senior Manager

Nicholas
Wimbush

Nicholas Wimbush, Senior Manager, provides strategic counsel to clients facing complex challenges related to developing, manufacturing, and marketing FDA-regulated products. Nicholas advises clients on a full range of matters involving FDA regulatory, compliance, and enforcement issues. He also has experience performing FDA regulatory due diligence.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nicholas worked as a regulatory attorney at Sidley Austin LLP where he focused on FDA regulation of drugs, devices, and food. Nicholas counseled clients on FDA regulatory compliance and enforcement actions. Earlier, Nicholas served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Carter at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nicholas has a JD from Cornell Law School and an AB in History from Princeton University.

Wimbush

Nicholas

Senior Manager

202.207.3831

Nicholas Wimbush, Senior Manager, provides strategic counsel to clients facing complex challenges related to developing, manufacturing, and marketing FDA-regulated products. Nicholas advises clients on a full range of matters involving FDA regulatory, compliance, and enforcement issues. He also has experience performing FDA regulatory due diligence.

Prior to joining Avalere, Nicholas worked as a regulatory attorney at Sidley Austin LLP where he focused on FDA regulation of drugs, devices, and food. Nicholas counseled clients on FDA regulatory compliance and enforcement actions. Earlier, Nicholas served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Carter at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Nicholas has a JD from Cornell Law School and an AB in History from Princeton University.

Holly Wittenberg

Director

Holly
Wittenberg

Holly Wittenberg, Director, advises clients on a variety of issues affecting hospitals and health systems. She helps clients understand the capabilities necessary to assume risk in new public and commercial payment and delivery models, such as accountable care organizations and bundled payments, as well as how best to align with physicians and post-acute care partners.

Prior to joining Avalere, Holly was a Management Consultant to hospitals and health systems as part of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ provider practice. Before that, Holly worked for the Advisory Board Company. Earlier in her career, Holly was employed by Compaq Computer Corporation’s (now HP) Strategic Planning and Venture Capital groups, and held leadership positions in several dotcoms.

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

Director

202.459.6276

Holly Wittenberg, Director, advises clients on a variety of issues affecting hospitals and health systems. She helps clients understand the capabilities necessary to assume risk in new public and commercial payment and delivery models, such as accountable care organizations and bundled payments, as well as how best to align with physicians and post-acute care partners.

Prior to joining Avalere, Holly was a Management Consultant to hospitals and health systems as part of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ provider practice. Before that, Holly worked for the Advisory Board Company. Earlier in her career, Holly was employed by Compaq Computer Corporation’s (now HP) Strategic Planning and Venture Capital groups, and held leadership positions in several dotcoms.

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.

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.

Casie Yan

Manager

Casie
Yan

Casie Yan, Manager, advises clients on healthcare quality improvement, evidence-based medicine, and quality measurement and reporting. Her area of expertise is working with hospitals and hospital systems to design, implement and evaluate healthcare performance improvement initiatives.

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 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

Manager

202.459.6238

Casie Yan, Manager, advises clients on healthcare quality improvement, evidence-based medicine, and quality measurement and reporting. Her area of expertise is working with hospitals and hospital systems to design, implement and evaluate healthcare performance improvement initiatives.

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 Economics and International Studies - Global Economics Trade & Development with a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Justin Yang

Associate

Justin
Yang

Justin Yang, Associate, supports Life Sciences sector clients with strategic and tactical solutions to patient access issues. He applies his background in health policy and finance to a range of topics including access to and maintenance of patient support programs, stakeholder engagement strategies and policy analysis for current trends in patient-centric care.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Justin was a Graduate Student Assistant with Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. He also served as a Research Assistant for the mHealth Evidence Database, where he reviewed and assessed new literature on mHealth initiatives around the world.

Justin has a BS in Biology and a BA in English from The University of British Columbia and is a MSPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Yang

Justin

Associate

202-355-6052

Justin Yang, Associate, supports Life Sciences sector clients with strategic and tactical solutions to patient access issues. He applies his background in health policy and finance to a range of topics including access to and maintenance of patient support programs, stakeholder engagement strategies and policy analysis for current trends in patient-centric care.   

Prior to joining Avalere, Justin was a Graduate Student Assistant with Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. He also served as a Research Assistant for the mHealth Evidence Database, where he reviewed and assessed new literature on mHealth initiatives around the world.

Justin has a BS in Biology and a BA in English from The University of British Columbia and is a MSPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Lele Yang

Manager

Lele
Yang

Lele Yang, Manager, conducts quantitative analysis, statistical modeling, survey research and program evaluation to a variety of projects here at Avalere. Lele also has special expertise in building economic forecasts to meet different needs such as supply and demand trends for medical products, and company-specific revenue and cost trends.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lele was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she led the implementation of the Return on Investment (ROI) analysis of a range of health programs at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst at NORC at the University of Chicago and successfully managed the delivery of evaluation technical assistance to the Office of Minority Health (OMH)’s grantees. Prior to NORC, Lele worked as a Research Associate for non-profit and private organizations, providing support in program evaluation and data analysis for federal agencies and private foundations.

Lele holds a B.A. in Journalism from Nanjing University, an M.A. in Journalism from Utah State University, Logan, UT and an M.A. in Sociology from the Catholic University of America. ​

Yang

Lele

Manager

Lele Yang, Manager, conducts quantitative analysis, statistical modeling, survey research and program evaluation to a variety of projects here at Avalere. Lele also has special expertise in building economic forecasts to meet different needs such as supply and demand trends for medical products, and company-specific revenue and cost trends.

Prior to joining Avalere, Lele was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she led the implementation of the Return on Investment (ROI) analysis of a range of health programs at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst at NORC at the University of Chicago and successfully managed the delivery of evaluation technical assistance to the Office of Minority Health (OMH)’s grantees. Prior to NORC, Lele worked as a Research Associate for non-profit and private organizations, providing support in program evaluation and data analysis for federal agencies and private foundations.

Lele holds a B.A. in Journalism from Nanjing University, an M.A. in Journalism from Utah State University, Logan, UT and an M.A. in Sociology from the Catholic University of America. ​

Colin Yee

Associate

Colin
Yee

Colin Yee, Associate, supports clients with their post-acute and long-term care policy and strategic goals. He applies his background in public health and policy analysis to assist clients with implementing innovative payment and delivery programs, evaluating the impact of new policies on business operations and understanding current trends in post-acute and long-term care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colin served as Communications Intern at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and as a Scholar in Residence at the National Business Group on Health.

Colin has a MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a BS in Anthropology and Cellular/Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

Yee

Colin

Associate

Colin Yee, Associate, supports clients with their post-acute and long-term care policy and strategic goals. He applies his background in public health and policy analysis to assist clients with implementing innovative payment and delivery programs, evaluating the impact of new policies on business operations and understanding current trends in post-acute and long-term care.

Prior to joining Avalere, Colin served as Communications Intern at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and as a Scholar in Residence at the National Business Group on Health.

Colin has a MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a BS in Anthropology and Cellular/Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

Sharon Yeske

Director

Sharon
Yeske

Sharon A. Yeske, Director of Business Development, works with life sciences clients to help them understand commercial challenges and deliver strategic solutions to effectively and successfully navigate the ever-changing healthcare environment. Sharon has expertise in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, government and health plan sectors, and the pharmacy provider community, specifically in government affairs, public policy, regulatory and strategy development.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sharon was Vice President of Government Solutions at Walgreens Co. supporting the payer teams with strategic and tactical business development solutions, focusing on specialty and home infusion. Sharon also has experience in managed care, the pharmaceutical industry, and a state Medicaid program.

Sharon holds a BS in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences, and a MS in Pharmacy from the University of Florida in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. 

Yeske

Sharon

Director

Sharon A. Yeske, Director of Business Development, works with life sciences clients to help them understand commercial challenges and deliver strategic solutions to effectively and successfully navigate the ever-changing healthcare environment. Sharon has expertise in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, government and health plan sectors, and the pharmacy provider community, specifically in government affairs, public policy, regulatory and strategy development.

Prior to joining Avalere, Sharon was Vice President of Government Solutions at Walgreens Co. supporting the payer teams with strategic and tactical business development solutions, focusing on specialty and home infusion. Sharon also has experience in managed care, the pharmaceutical industry, and a state Medicaid program.

Sharon holds a BS in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences, and a MS in Pharmacy from the University of Florida in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. 

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 Manager

Joanna
Young

Joanna Young, Senior Manager, provides clients with data-driven analysis using her quantitative skills, knowledge of different datasets (e.g. Medicare claims data and cost reports), and modeling skills. Joanna creates models that support profit margin analyses and federal budgetary impact estimates to understand the financial implications of proposed legislative changes. She also focuses on data and regulatory analyses for pharmaceutical products, including the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joanna served as a Manager at Integrity Management Services, where she supported 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 in Sociology from the University of Warsaw's Institute of Applied Social Sciences in Poland and a MPP with a concentration in Health Policy and Statistics from The College of William and Mary.

Young

Joanna

Senior Manager

202.207.3814

Joanna Young, Senior Manager, provides clients with data-driven analysis using her quantitative skills, knowledge of different datasets (e.g. Medicare claims data and cost reports), and modeling skills. Joanna creates models that support profit margin analyses and federal budgetary impact estimates to understand the financial implications of proposed legislative changes. She also focuses on data and regulatory analyses for pharmaceutical products, including the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

Prior to joining Avalere, Joanna served as a Manager at Integrity Management Services, where she supported 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 in Sociology from the University of Warsaw's Institute of Applied Social Sciences in Poland and a MPP with a concentration in Health Policy and Statistics from The College of William and Mary.

Will Zellweger

Senior Associate

Will
Zellweger

Will Zellweger, Senior Associate, provides research and analytical support to Avalere's pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on reimbursement and coverage issues, and new product development and lifecycle management.

Prior to joining Avalere, Will served as a Desk Analyst at Susquehanna International Group and as an Equity Research Associate at Susquehanna.

Will has a BA in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College.

Zellweger

Will

Senior Associate

202.207.1324

Will Zellweger, Senior Associate, provides research and analytical support to Avalere's pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients on reimbursement and coverage issues, and new product development and lifecycle management.

Prior to joining Avalere, Will served as a Desk Analyst at Susquehanna International Group and as an Equity Research Associate at Susquehanna.

Will has a BA in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College.

Justin Ziombra

Senior Associate

Justin
Ziombra

Justin Ziombra, Senior Associate, interprets the effects of reimbursement, regulatory, and policy changes for investors, life sciences companies, and service providers. Justin works with private equity and venture capital firms to provide insight into how catalysts will affect potential investments, and also works with early and mid-stage life science companies to develop entry and commercialization strategies.  He has experience with drug, device, and diagnostic makers in several therapeutic areas.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Justin was a critical care nurse and later served as the Team Leader in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at the George Washington University Hospital.

Justin has a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and a BS in Nursing from George Mason University.

Ziombra

Justin

Senior Associate

202.207.3463

Justin Ziombra, Senior Associate, interprets the effects of reimbursement, regulatory, and policy changes for investors, life sciences companies, and service providers. Justin works with private equity and venture capital firms to provide insight into how catalysts will affect potential investments, and also works with early and mid-stage life science companies to develop entry and commercialization strategies.  He has experience with drug, device, and diagnostic makers in several therapeutic areas.  

Prior to joining Avalere, Justin was a critical care nurse and later served as the Team Leader in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at the George Washington University Hospital.

Justin has a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and a BS in Nursing from George Mason University.