MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH CONNECTOR BOARD

  • Marylou Sudders, ex-officio, chair
  • Michael Chernew
  • Mark S. Gaunya
  • Roberta Herman, M.D. ex-officio
  • Daniel Judson, ex-officio
  • Kristen Lepore, ex-officio
  • Louis Malzone
  • Dimitry Petion
  • Nancy Turnbull
  • Rina Vertes
  • Celia Wcislo

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Louis Gutierrez, ex-officio

Marylou Sudders, ex-officio, Chair, Administration and Finance designee
Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Appointed as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015, Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $19.4 billion state budget with 22,000 dedicated public servants, and oversees critical services that touch one in four residents of the Commonwealth. Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has dedicated her life to public service and to some of our most vulnerable citizens. She has been a public official, provider executive, advocate and college professor.

She was the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003, championing significant legislative reforms including insurance parity, fundamental patient rights and the first children’s mental health commission. In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) for her behavioral health expertise; she remains on this important Commission in her capacity as Secretary.

For almost ten years, she headed the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, promoting the rights and well-being of some 24,000 children and families. Just prior to her appointment as Secretary, Sudders was an associate professor and Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Sudders has served on many charitable boards throughout her career, including the Pine Street Inn, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Secretary Sudders’ talent and dedication has been recognized multiple times. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and was named Social Worker of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was also nationally recognized with the Knee-Whitman Outstanding Achievement for Health & Mental Health Policy from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.

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Michael Chernew, Ph. D.
Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Chernew is the Leonard D. Schaeffer professor of Health Care Policy in the Department of Health Care Policy (HCP) at Harvard Medical School. He currently directs HCP’s Healthcare Markets and Regulations (HMR) Lab.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. Dr. Chernew is currently both the co-editor of the American Journal of Managed Care and an editor of the Journal of Health Economics. He is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors.  In the past, he has served on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, Health Affairs and Medical Care Research and Review, as well as on technical advisory panels for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to evaluate the methods that Medicare actuaries use to assess the financial status of Medicare trust funds. He is also the former Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).  Dr. Chernew’s research, which has been widely published and awarded, focuses on different facets of controlling health care spending growth while ensuring that quality of care is maintained or improved.

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Mark S. Gaunya, GBA, LIA
Co-owner and Chief Innovation Officer, Borislow Insurance

Mark S. Gaunya is a co-owner of Borislow Insurance, a Massachusetts-based, New England region brokerage and consulting firm since 2005, and has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has held a number of senior leadership positions for regional and national health insurers and provider organizations in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., and is ACA and Self-Funding certified by the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). Gaunya has served as the National Chair of the Healthcare Cost & Quality Transparency Taskforce for NAHU, and in 2013 he was appointed to the Legislative Council to continue that work. He has also served as President of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (MassAHU) from 2009-2013. Under his leadership, MassAHU advocated for and helped to legislate the addition of the NAHU Connector Board seat that he will now occupy representing his broker colleagues all across the Commonwealth.

Roberta Herman, M.D., ex-officio
Executive Director, Group Insurance Commission

Roberta Herman, M.D., is the Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission, the agency that administers health insurance and other benefits to over 436,000 of the Commonwealth’s employees, retirees and dependents, as well as participating authorities and municipalities.

Dr. Herman has more than 30 years of healthcare experience from a variety of perspectives, including as an internist and former Chief of Internal Medicine at Harvard Community Health Plan. Prior to joining the GIC, Dr. Herman was a Director in the Health Care Practice at Navigant Consulting.  Before Navigant, Dr. Herman served as Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s (HPHC’s) Chief Medical Officer under Governor Charlie  Baker , and subsequently, as the health plan’s Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Herman is originally from Montreal, Canada.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University and completed her medical training at McGill University and the Royal Victoria Hospital. She currently serves as a Board Trustee at the Joslin Diabetes Center, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Daniel Judson Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance

Daniel R. Judson, ex-officio
Commissioner, Division of Insurance

Daniel Judson is a lawyer with over 25 years of experience in insurance in both the public and private sectors. Judson spent 15 years as an insurance regulator at the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, and spent the last 12 years as a private attorney with a broad insurance practice, as compliance manager of a Massachusetts insurance company. Judson was president of the high-risk pool for auto insurance in Massachusetts for the past three years.

Kristen Lepore, ex-officio, MassHealth designee
Secretary, Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Kristen Lepore was sworn in as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance under Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015. In her role, Secretary Lepore is in charge of formulating the governor’s budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, and implementing state government’s operating and capital budgets. She also manages the state’s administrative agencies, including revenue collection, information technology, human resources, procurement, and state facilities.

She was previously Vice President of Government Affairs at Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). As Vice President, she was responsible for AIM’s health care agenda and advocated for policies to lower the cost of health care in Massachusetts. She also worked on education and workforce development issues on behalf of the association.

Immediately prior to joining AIM, she served as Policy Director on Charlie Baker’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. In addition, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as the New England regional representative for the U.S. Department of Education where she advocated the President’s education agenda. Prior to her federal appointment, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Paul Cellucci; Director of Fiscal Policy for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and Assistant Executive Director of the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Suffolk University and a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk’s Sawyer School of Management.

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Louis Malzone
Executive Director, Massachusetts Coalition of Taft-Hartley Funds

Louis F. Malzone is the executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition of Taft-Hartley Funds. In that position, he is responsible for the coordination of cooperative purchasing of health care products and legislative action on health care issues.

Mr. Malzone also serves as executive director of the Health and Welfare Trust Fund IUOE Local 877 (MA), Local 70 (MN) and SEIU Local 615/888. In that capacity he is responsible for all the benefit plans including life, AD&D, medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability insurance, as well as a defined contribution and a defined benefit pension fund. Mr. Malzone also serves as treasurer of the National Labor Alliance of Health Care Coalitions. His past experience includes the human resource management of a $100 million plus multinational manufacturer.

Mr. Malzone earned his degree from Northeastern University.

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Dimitry Petion
President and Chief Executive Officer of Mulberry Systems, Inc.

Dimitry Petion is President and CEO of Mulberry Systems in Quincy, MA. He has a strong background in engineering and business, having previously served as President and CEO of Advanced Management Services and spent four years at Harvard Street Neighborhood in positions including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Interim Chief Executive Officer. As a computer engineer and director of several organizations, he brings practical knowledge of business and industry to the healthcare field. Mr. Petion earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering as well as his M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University.

Nancy Turnbull
Senior Lecturer on Health Policy and Associate Dean for Educational Programs, Harvard School of Public Health

Nancy Turnbull is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Associate Dean for Educational Programs at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Her research interests include health insurance regulation, health care access, consumer participation in managed care plans, and international applications of managed care.

Before joining the Harvard School of Public Health, Nancy worked for almost ten years for the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, where she was First Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner for Health Policy. She has also served as the president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

Nancy is on the board of a number of state health policy organizations, including the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, Commonwealth Care Alliance, and the Massachusetts Health Council.

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Rina Vertes
President, Marjos Business Consulting

Rina Vertes is currently the leader of Marjos Business Consulting, with 25 years of experience at health care and insurance companies, including Minuteman Health as Chief Financial Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as Chief Actuary and Chief Underwriter, and CIGNA where she held positions in the Health Care and Investment Divisions. While at Blue Cross, Vertes co-led the development and implementation of the Alternative Quality Contract, a payment model incorporating risk-adjusted global payment and performance-based incentives, and was involved with Massachusetts’ health care reform from its inception. Vertes is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Celia Wcislo
Assistant Division Director and Vice President At-Large, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Celia Wcislo has worked to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare to Boston’s low-income and underserved neighborhoods for more than 30 years. Serving as president of a local healthcare workers union, she has also worked with healthcare providers to develop innovative job training and education programs, and raised industry working standards for thousands of hospital, nursing home, and homecare workers throughout the Commonwealth.

Ms. Wcislo currently serves as the Assistant Division Director of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, a union of over 300,000 healthcare workers. 1199SEIU represents nurses, technicians and other caregivers in every facet of the hospital, nursing home and homecare industries in Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington D.C. and New York. The mission of 1199SEIU is to achieve affordable, quality healthcare for all.

Ms. Wcislo served on the Governor’s Health Care Task Force under both Governor Weld and Governor Swift. She was also a member of the Attorney General’s advisory panel during the Harvard Community Health Plan trusteeship, and the Mayor’s Commission overseeing the merger of BostonCity Hospital and University Hospital.

A founding member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Ms. Wcislo is a frequent lecturer on labor-management partnerships, improving access to healthcare for underserved and immigrant populations, and the importance of workforce development within the healthcare industry.

Ms. Wcislo is a member of the Boston Public Health Commission and is an active leader in the FirstParish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. She holds a B.S. in Labor Studies from U-Mass/Boston and is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.

Louis Gutierrez
Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

Louis Gutierrez has spent the last seven years as a principal in the Massachusetts-based IT consulting firm Exeter Group.  Until this appointment, he served on the boards of directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the New England Health Exchange Network.  He is returning after previous roles in Massachusetts state government and information technology, including Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth in the Romney, Weld, and Celluci administrations where he was also an Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance. Gutierrez also served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Officer (CIO/CTO) at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care during its 1999-2002 corporate turnaround, and was a 2002 recipient of Computerworld’s Premier 100 award for distinguished CIOs.