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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.


Ross Glasser, Health Policy Intern.
Ross joined the Alliance in June 2016. He is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences, where he received a BA in foreign affairs and minored in German. Ross is an emergency medical technician who ran rescue with the all-volunteer Virginia Beach Rescue Squad. He is currently a candidate for a Master of Public Policy degree at UVa’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and is interested in studying public health.


Soleil Shah, Health Policy Intern.
Soleil joined the Alliance in June 2016. Previously, as part of a sophomore capstone project, he volunteered as a health insurance counselor within inner-city Richmond. His work involved helping uninsured citizens enroll for health plans through the online marketplace, as well as recruiting students to canvass in low-income neighborhoods and connect Virginian residents to free health insurance counseling services. Soleil spent his junior year of college studying neuroscience and health policy at the University of Oxford. Here, he joined a research lab focused on mental health treatment disparities in rural India. His research work has included interpreting interviews with stakeholders about the state of mental healthcare in Tamil Nadu, with the long-term goal of publishing materials to aid policymakers in reforming the Indian mental health agenda. Soleil is currently a rising senior at the University of Richmond pursuing a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Healthcare Studies.


 

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