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Sarah J. Dash, President and Co-CEO.
Sarah joined the Alliance in April 2014 as Vice President for Policy. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in the Center on Health Insurance Reforms. She has also served as a senior health policy aide to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). She received her Master's in Public Health from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science from MIT.


Marilyn Werber Serafini, President and Co-CEO.
Before joining the Alliance, Marilyn was the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She was an award-winning health care and welfare correspondent for National Journal magazine from 1995 to 2010, and before that was a senior reporter for CongressDaily (now National Journal daily). She holds a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.


Kelly J. Appenzeller, Congressional Events & Outreach Manager.
Kelly joined the Alliance in July 2015. Before Alliance, she Co-Founded her Alma Mater’s Social Media team and overhauled much of the institutions digital and social media throughout her undergraduate years. Her team has been awarded the 2014 Bronze CASE Award for Best Uses of Social Media in Higher Education and partnered with the Office of the First Lady for Michelle Obama’s #ReachHigher campaign in May 2015. She has had experience in Washington with the K St. Public Affairs Firm, Curley Company, and a previous Press Internship with Congressman Tom Reed. Kelly graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence University in 2015 with a BA in Government and History.


Anastasia Dent, Chief Operating Officer.
Anastasia joined the Alliance in November 2010. She previously worked at Children's National Medical Center in DC and has a background in non-profit development, fund raising and event management. She received her BA from St. Lawrence University.


Karl Eisenhower, Director of Communications and Special Projects.
Karl joined the Alliance in May 2016. Before joining the Alliance, Karl was the health editor at RealClear Media Group, where he managed the launch of the RealClearHealth website, and a senior web editor at Kaiser Health News. Prior to that, he was the new media strategy editor at National Journal and the assistant managing editor for newsroom operations at washingtonpost.com. Karl has a B.A. in political science from the College of Wooster and did some graduate-level studies in political science at Duke.


Samantha Feller, Program Assistant.
Samantha joined the Alliance in July 2015. In May 2015, she graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Political Science and minors in Philosophy and English. She is currently working towards her Masters in Public Health online at The George Washington University.


Monica Laufer, Health Policy Associate.
Monica joined the Alliance in January 2015. She most recently worked at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee under Senator Michael Bennet as part of the Western fundraising team. Prior to the DSCC, she spent some time on Capitol Hill in Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s office and in San Francisco writing for the local PBS station, KQED. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy.


Katie Rubinger, Senior Health Policy Associate.
Katie joined the Alliance in June 2016. Most recently, she worked with the policy team at Advocates for Children and Youth in Baltimore. She was previously a legislative aide in the office of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she worked on health and education policy. Prior to working in Senator Nelson’s office, she worked on the Senate Special Committee on Aging. She graduated with her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 and received her BA from the University of Virginia.


Bianca Desai, Health Policy Intern.
Bianca joined the Alliance in August 2016. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2014, where she received a BA in Public Policy and Global Health and minor in Chemistry. Prior to the Alliance, Bianca worked in health policy for numerous organizations, including the National Council for Behavioral Health, ML Strategies, and The Franklin Partnership. She is currently working towards her Master of Public Health in Health Policy at The George Washington University, where she serves as Vice President of Programming and Events of the Health Policy Student Association as well as a board member for the AcademyHealth Student Chapter.


 


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