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John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV  Honorary Chairman

John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV was reelected in 2008 to his fifth term as a United States Senator from West Virginia. After serving as a VISTA volunteer in West Virginia in 1964, he was elected to that state's House of Delegates, served four years as secretary of state, three as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, and eight years as governor before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1984. During his Senate tenure, he has chaired the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Health Care (Pepper Commission) and the National Commission on Children. Under his leadership, the children's commission became a model for bipartisan lawmaking on children's education, welfare and health care issues. Sen. Rockefeller is chairman of the Finance Committee's Health Care Subcommittee, and is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, among his other committee assignments. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in Far Eastern languages and history, after spending three years studying Japanese in Tokyo. Later, he studied Chinese at Yale University. He was chairman of the Alliance for Health Reform from its founding in 1991 to 2007.

 

Roy Blunt Honorary Co-Chairman

Building on a background as a public servant, university president, and teacher, United States Senator Roy Blunt was elected by the people of Missouri to the United States Senate in 2010.

Senator Blunt is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Senate Rules Committee. He serves as the Ranking Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. Blunt is also the Ranking Republican on the Commerce Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion.

Less than one year after he was sworn into the U.S. Senate, Blunt was chosen by his colleagues to serve as a member of the Senate leadership as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Blunt also serves as a member of the Senate Republican Whip Team.

From 1996-2008, the people of Southwest Missouri overwhelmingly elected Blunt seven times to the U.S. House of Representatives. Blunt was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Majority Whip and Republican Whip three times, and he became the Majority Whip earlier in his career than any Member of Congress in eight decades. As Whip, the second highest Republican in the House, he led a team of deputies and assistants that columnist Robert Novak described as “the most efficient party whip operation in congressional history.”

Before serving in Congress, he was a history teacher, a county official, and in 1984 became the first Republican elected as Missouri’s Secretary of State in more than 50 years. Senator Blunt also served four years as the president of his alma mater, Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.

Senator Blunt is a member of the Smithsonian Council for American Art and is a Trustee of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

The Senator is married to Abigail Blunt and has four children: Matt Blunt, Missouri’s 54th Governor; Amy Blunt, an attorney in Kansas City, Mo.; Andy Blunt, an attorney in Jefferson City; and Charlie (age 7). Blunt has six grandchildren: Davis Mosby, Ben Blunt, Branch Blunt, Eva Mosby, Allyson Blunt, and Brooks Blunt.

 

Robert Graham, MD Chairman

Robert Graham, MD has served in a series of positions in both the private and public health care sectors since 1970. He is research professor of health policy at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and director of the Aligning Forces for Quality National Program Office. His federal service has included posts as the first administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and as deputy director of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. In addition, he served from 1985 to 2000 as the executive vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He holds degrees from Earlham College and the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

 

James R. Tallon, Jr. Secretary/Treasurer

James R. Tallon, Jr., is president of the United Hospital Fund of New York. He is chair of The Commonwealth Fund, and he chairs the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. He serves as secretary/treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform, and also serves on the boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the New York eHealth Collaborative. He is a member of the advisory board for the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. Mr. Tallon is also a member of the New York State Board of Regents. He led the 1998-99 planning process which established The National Quality Forum. Prior to joining United Hospital Fund, Mr. Tallon was majority leader of the New York State Assembly, where he served for 19 years.

 

Nancy W. Dickey, MD  Board Member

Nancy W. Dickey, MD is president emeritus of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, and professor in the College of Medicine. Dr. Dickey served as president of the American Medical Association in 1998-99. She also has been active in numerous other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Medical Association. Prior to her current appointment at Texas A&M Health Science Center, she served as interim dean of the university's College of Medicine. Earlier, she was the founding program director of the Family Practice Residency of the Brazos Valley and was a professor of family and community medicine at the College of Medicine. Dr. Dickey has been an active editorial advisor and reviewer for a number of professional publications. In addition, she served as editor in chief of Medem, an internet-based patient education company. Her many honors include five honorary doctoral degrees and recognitions from the Texas Society of Pathologists and the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. She is a frequent speaker at professional and civic organizations around the country.

 

David Lansky Board Member

David Lansky is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health, and directs its efforts to improve the affordability and availability of high quality health care. Since 2008, Dr. Lansky has led the coalition of 50 large employers and health care purchasers representing over five million Americans. Members of the coalition include CalPERS, Wells Fargo, Intel, Safeway, Chevron, GE, Walmart and the University of California. Dr. Lansky has served as a board member or advisor to the National Quality Forum, National Priorities Partnership, the Joint Commission, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Leapfrog Group, and the Medicare Beneficiary Education Advisory Panel. He is now the purchaser representative on the federal Health IT Policy Committee and chairs its Quality Measures Workgroup. He holds a PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Patricia Maryland, Dr. PH Board Member

Patricia A. Maryland, Dr. PH, is the President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Ascension Health. Ascension is the largest nonprofit health system in America. Dr. Maryland’s expertise in health care access issues led to her being chosen chair of the congressionally-authorized Citizens' Health Care Working Group. The 15-member group was established as part of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 to develop recommendations for the president and Congress, resulting in the report “Health Care that Works for All Americans.” Dr. Maryland has nearly 30 years of health care experience including executive leadership roles at the Cleveland Clinic, North Oakland Medical Centers in Pontiac, Mich., and Sinai-Grace Hospital (a part of the Detroit Medical Center). She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Alabama State University, a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of California – Berkeley, and a doctorate of public health with a concentration in health services administration and planning from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD Board Member

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD is director of Initiative on Innovation and Value in Health Care and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. At the center, his work focuses on promoting high-quality, innovative and affordable health care. A doctor and economist by training, he also has a highly distinguished record in public service and in academic research. Dr. McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. These include the Medicare prescription drug benefit, the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives to develop better information on the quality and cost of care. Dr. McClellan chairs the FDA’s Reagan-Udall Foundation, is co-chair of the Quality Alliance Steering Committee, sits on the National Quality Forum’s board of directors, is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and senior director for health care policy at the White House, and was an associate professor of economics and medicine at Stanford University.

 

Francine Parker Board Member

Francine Parker is executive director of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. The UAW Trust, launched in 2010, administers health care benefits to more than 806,000 retirees and eligible dependents from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. That makes it the largest non-governmental purchaser of retiree health care in the United States. Before leading the trust, Ms. Parker was president and CEO of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan. She started at HAP in 1979 as one of 14 original employees. Crain’s Detroit Business twice included Ms. Parker in its list of “100 Influential Business Women,” and the Michigan Women’s Foundation honored her as one of “25 Women Making a Difference.”

 

John C. Rother, JD Board Member

John Rother is president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care, bringing together employers, unions, insurers, providers and consumers around the common goals of keeping health care affordable, protecting vulnerable populations and improving value. For the previous 27 years, Mr. Rother was with AARP, most recently as executive vice president of policy, strategy and international affairs. Prior to coming to AARP, he served eight years with the U.S. Senate as special counsel for labor and health to former Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY), then as staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Special Committee on Aging under Chairman John Heinz (R-PA). He serves on several boards and commissions in addition to the Alliance, including the National Quality Forum. He is the 2010 recipient of the Robert M. Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is an honors graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania School Of Law.

 

Humphrey Taylor  Board Member

Humphrey Taylor is chairman of the Harris Poll, a service of Nielsen. He has had overall responsibility for more than 8,000 surveys in more than 80 countries for governments, corporations and foundations. Mr. Harris writes and speaks frequently about the forces transforming the nation's health care system, and on differences between our system and those in Canada, Western Europe and Japan. He testified before congressional committees on Social Security, health care cost containment, Medicare, aging, policies affecting disabled people, drug exports, privacy, and the taxation of employee benefits. He has made presentations in the White House and on Capitol Hill on these subjects, and on Health Maintenance Organizations, productivity, consumerism, health promotion and disease prevention. Over his working life, he has written more than a thousand columns, papers, op ed articles and book chapters. Mr. Taylor was chairman of the board of the American Health Foundation for six years. He is chairman of the National Council on Public Polls and serves as a trustee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Longevity Center.

 

Reed V. Tuckson, MD  Board Member

Reed Tuckson is the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes. Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group. Prior to that, Dr. Tuckson’s career includes leadership positions as Senior Vice President for Professional Standards of the American Medical Association (AMA); President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles; Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.

 

Edward F. Howard Executive Vice President

Edward F. Howard has been with the Alliance since its inception in 1991. Previously, he served as general counsel for the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care (Pepper Commission). Before that, he directed public policy at the Villers Foundation and at the National Council on the Aging, and served as general counsel to the House Select Committee on Aging. He holds a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

 

 


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