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Christopher D. Palmieri

President and Chief Executive Officer

Chris Palmieri has spent two and a half decades leading publicly funded healthcare organizations and has a passion for providing high-quality care coordination, care delivery, and specialized services that address the spectrum of social determinants of health to low-income individuals and those with significant needs, including seniors and people with disabilities.

Since 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris has transformed Commonwealth Care Alliance into a national-leading $2 billion health system, which has consistently provided improved health and quality outcomes to its customer base. Chris is also the founder of Winter Street Ventures®, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s start-up accelerator and venture investment subsidiary, and launched a business that provides in-home emergency department services, called instED®.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Care Alliance, Chris served as CEO of Remedy Partners, a national bundled payment company, headquartered in Darien, Connecticut. Chris also served as President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York CHOICE Health Plans, successfully launching a $2 billion safety-net insurance company offering both Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care products. Additionally, Chris has held senior positions with Amerigroup Corporation, Metropolitan Jewish Health System, and Faxton-St. Luke’s Health Care/Mohawk Valley Network.

Chris is currently Chair of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), a national trade association representing 67 nonprofit health plans in 28 states, and Chair of the National Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Association, a consortium of leading managed care organizations serving state Medicaid programs and beneficiaries. He is also currently Chair of the Board of LifePod, a remote patient monitoring company and Winter Street Ventures portfolio company, and serves as the independent director and Chair of the Board of Healthify. Lastly, Chris is a member of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees.

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Alfred Enagbare, Ph.D.

Chief People Officer CPO

As Chief People Officer, Alfred is responsible for the strategic management and delivery of talent, employee programs, engagement, policies, processes, and practices, and leads the Human Resources department.

Prior to joining CCA, Alfred was Vice President of Human Resources for The Travelers Companies, Inc., and served as Vice President, Human Resources for Enterprise Technology, Operations, eBusiness and EBIA Groups; Business Insurance; and Field Human Resources. He also worked for The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., as Vice President of Human Resources for the Group Benefits Division; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Group and Novartis Consumer Health organization in several senior human resources positions; and held senior-level positions at McDonald’s Corporation in the U.S. and South Africa, including the establishment of McDonald’s in South Africa.

Alfred is the President of the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Leadership Forum of Southern New England and Past-Chair of the Benefits and Compensation Committee for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. He is a member of the Goodwin College Business Administration Program Advisory Board, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources.

Alfred holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from Golden Gate University.

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Lisa M. Fleming

Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs

Lisa has been Chief Legal Officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance since January 2011, responsible for the company’s legal, compliance, risk management, internal audit, and government and regulatory affairs. Lisa provides legal counsel to the organization and its Board of Directors.

Prior to joining CCA, Lisa was a partner at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, concentrating her practice in intellectual property and business litigation, employment law and benefits, and health law. In private practice Lisa represented a wide range of businesses—from individual entrepreneurs and small tech start-ups to national technology and financial companies—in complex intellectual property litigation matters including patent and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and violation of non-compete agreements.

Prior to joining Sunstein, Lisa held the position of Deputy General Counsel of BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts. For over thirty years, Lisa has counseled clients with regard to health law compliance, labor relations, and corporate governance matters.

Lisa is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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Sarah Garrity

Chief Marketing Officer

Sarah is the first Chief Marketing Officer in Commonwealth Care Alliance history. Her primary role is to advance the organization’s reputation as a national leader in caring for complex populations and transform CCA into a highly-valued healthcare brand. This involves the creation of CCA’s long-term strategic positioning, brand strategy and architecture along with the development of the respective strategic platforms and awareness of CCA health plans and care delivery solutions, health solutions such as instED, Winter Street Ventures, and the Center for Advancing Consumer Partnership.

Prior to joining CCA, Sarah spent close to a decade at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation’s largest not-for-profit home- and community-based healthcare organization, where she was Vice President for Enterprise Marketing. She has also held Senior Vice President positions at the leading worldwide advertising agencies FCB Global and Grey Worldwide.

Sarah is on the board of the Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., an organization that provides scholarship assistance to make graduate level nursing education possible.

She received her BA degree from the College of Holy Cross.

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Robert MacArthur, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

As Chief Medical Officer, Rob provides leadership across the entire Commonwealth Care Alliance organization and executive oversight for all clinical delivery, care management, clinical operations, quality, and member experience functions.

Prior to joining CCA, Rob served as the National Medical Director for Optum Health’s (United Health Group) Complex Care Management business segment, the nation’s largest group of institutional, chronic disease, and dual special needs plans across 29 different states. These plans serve the needs of the frail and elderly residing in the community, assisted-living campuses, or nursing homes.

Rob has B.A., M.S., and M.D. degrees from Wake Forest University and completed his internal medicine training and board certification at the University of North Carolina’s program at the Carolinas Medical Center. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Executive Physician Leadership Program.

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Courtney Murphy

Chief Operating Officer

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Courtney directs Commonwealth Care Alliance’s operational performance, including the areas of information technology, claims, program oversight, member services, and enrollment and retention. She also oversees key vendor contracts and relationships. Courtney serves as a member of the executive leadership team, assisting in the establishment of short- and long-term organizational objectives and strategic planning, and ensuring accountability for performance and optimal operational effectiveness.

Courtney has more than a decade of experience in healthcare operations. Prior to joining CCA, she served as Senior Vice President of Operations Strategy at Beacon Health Options. Earlier, she was Chief of Staff in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and served as the Deputy Budget Director for the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

Courtney received her undergraduate degree from Merrimack College and holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

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Mihir Shah

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Mihir is responsible for finance and accounting, actuarial services, medical economics, business intelligence, strategic finance, and revenue cycle. Mihir oversees the ongoing financial success of CCA, leading initiatives that support growth and development while reducing costs and providing high-quality healthcare to members.

Mihir has fifteen years of leadership experience in healthcare across private, public, and not-for-profit organizations. His healthcare experience spans across Medicare and Medicaid plans, physician group practices, and palliative care and management services organizations. Prior to joining CCA, Mihir served as Chief Financial Officer of Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMEH), an integrated population health management company. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Unitek Information Systems and held several leadership roles at Arcadian Health Plan, now a part of Humana.

Mihir holds CPA credentials from California, and a Master of Commerce degree from Gujarat University in India.

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Don Stiffler

Chief Corporate Development Officer

As Chief Corporate Development Officer, Don is responsible for new market strategies and new product initiatives, including the development of business opportunities for CCA and its subsidiaries through value-based contracting and shared savings arrangements. He also coordinates efforts with the company’s innovation arm, Winter Street Ventures, to foster scalability and innovations for the CCA care model.

Don brings nearly 30 years of healthcare experience to CCA’s executive leadership team. Prior to joining CCA, he served as the National Vice President for Business Development at Optum/UnitedHealth Group, where he oversaw all business and network operations for the Complex Care Management Division. Prior to this role, Don served as the company’s Vice President of Business Development for Eastern US, where he led 36 markets and held other business development and strategy positions. Before to his time at Optum/UnitedHealth Group, Don served as the Vice President of Network Operations at the Community Behavioral Healthcare Network of Pennsylvania.

Don holds a master’s degree in psychology from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Shippensburg University.

Board of Directors

Robert Gittens

Chair

Mr. Gittens has been the Executive Director of Cambridge Family & Children’s Service since 2016. From 2003 until 2016, Mr. Gittens was the Vice President for Public Affairs at Northeastern University. He also served as Cabinet Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2003 and was Commissioner of the Mass. Department of Youth Services (DYS) from 1997 to 2001. He was First Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1992 to 1997 and Chairman of the Massachusetts Parole Board from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Gittens has played a distinguished role in the community as Chairman of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and member of the Governor’s Youth Violence Task Force. He has served as a board member of numerous organizations, including Judge Baker Children’s Center, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and Goodwill Industries.

Mr. Gittens holds a J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern.

Carol Raphael

Vice Chair

Ms. Raphael is a Senior Advisor at Manatt Health Solutions. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the largest non-profit home health agency in the United States from 1989 to 2011. Prior to joining VNSNY, Ms. Raphael held an executive position at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and was an Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Human Resources Administration in charge of the Medicaid and Public Assistance programs in New York City. Ms. Raphael was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University in 2012.

Ms. Raphael is a former Chair of the national AARP Board. She currently serves on numerous Boards, including the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Henry Schein, Inc., the Primary Care Development Corporation, the SCAN Foundation, the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the Medicare Rights Center, and the New York eHealth Collaborative. She is the Chair of the Long Term Quality Alliance and the Chair of the CMS Technical Expert Panel for Quality Measures Development for Dual Eligible and Medicaid Beneficiaries using Home and Community Based Services and Managed Long-Term Care. She has also served on the Boards of Lifetime Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Barrier Therapeutics, Pace University, and the American Foundation for the Blind. Ms. Raphael also served on a number of commissions including the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Federal Bipartisan Commission on Long Term Care, the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council, and several Institute of Medicine Committees. Additionally, she was a member of New York State Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team. She was co-chair of the National Quality Forum Attribution Committee and chaired its Post-Acute, Long Term Care and Hospice Workgroup from 2011 to 2015. Ms. Raphael is a member of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Policy and Management Executive Council and the New York City Age Friendly Commission. She co-edited the book “Home-Based Care for a New Century” and was a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in the United Kingdom.

Ms. Raphael received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and completed its Senior Executive Program.

Charles Carr

Charlie Carr is Legislative Liaison for the Disability Policy Consortium and principal of Charlie Carr Consulting, a firm that provides management consultation to public and private businesses to implement strategic planning, turnaround management, executive coaching, and advocacy. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Carr was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, providing oversight of the Commission’s day-to-day operations and directing innovative, solutions-based programs in community living, vocational rehabilitation, and SSI/SSDI eligibility. Mr. Carr began his career in 1974 by setting in motion the independent living movement in Massachusetts and was involved in the formation of the Boston Center for Independent Living, the second independent living center in the country. Mr. Carr went on to found and serve as the chief executive officer of the Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP) in Lawrence, MA from 1980 to 2007. NILP was the first independent living center in the greater Merrimack Valley and recognized in 1995 by the World Institute on Disability as one of the top five centers in the country.

Throughout his career, Mr. Carr has been a pioneer advocating for community-based services for individuals with disabilities. He has served and continues to serve on numerous advisory committees and boards, including the Attorney General’s Disability Rights Advisory Committee and Centene, and previously the National Disability Advisory Group and the Department of Housing and Community Development/Executive Office of Health and Human Services Joint Committee on Housing for Persons with Disabilities. He is a board member of the Starkloff Disability Institute and past board member of the Massachusetts Autism Commission, the Massachusetts Job Creation Commission, the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, the Community First Transformation Grant, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., the Massachusetts Health and Disability Research Partnership, and the Real Choices Consumer Planning and Implementation Group. Mr. Carr was the chairperson of the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance Medical Care Advisory Committee.

Mr. Carr received a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the School of Public Communication at Boston University. He also holds a Certificate of Management from the Graduate School of Management at Lesley College.

Alexandra DaCosta

Alexandra DaCosta is the Head of Environmental, Social and Governance, and Impact Investing at Cantor Fitzgerald. Prior to this role, Ms. DaCosta was the Managing Director of Structured Products Sales at Cantor Fitzgerald, Head of Boston Fixed Income, and Co-Head of Canada distribution from 2018 through March 2021. Before joining Cantor Fitzgerald in 2018, she spent nine years at Nomura Securities where as a Managing Director and head of the Boston office.

Ms. DaCosta began her career at Deutsche Bank in London and New York. She serves on the Board of the University Cottage Club at Princeton University, where she is the acting Secretary and part of the Executive Committee for the Glinka Fund, which seeks to ease the financial burden of Club participation. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for Mass General Hospital for Children. She was a Board member of the Boston Center for the Arts, where she served on the Executive Committee, co-chaired the Fundraising Committee, and chaired the inaugural BCA Ball. She volunteers with Community Cooks, providing monthly home-cooked meals for a local women’s shelter. She also volunteers with American Corporate Partners, acting as a mentor to veterans looking to transition to the civilian workforce.

Ms. DaCosta graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in politics and a certificate in Political Theory.

Stephanie Dyson

Stephanie Dyson is Vice President of Public Policy & Government Affairs for Biogen. She has had a distinguished career as a health policy strategist and government affairs executive focusing on a wide array of issue areas in both the private health sector and government that spans for more than 20 years. Mrs. Dyson brings cross-industry perspective, combined with expertise in executing strategy aligned with business priorities with an emphasis on innovative and realistic strategies for changing markets. Prior to joining Biogen, Mrs. Dyson was Vice President of Care Delivery Policy at United HealthGroup. She previously served as Head of Public Policy and Reimbursement at Genentech, Vice President of Government Affairs at DaVita (now Healthcare Partners), and Vice President, Government Affairs & Policy at Achaogen. Mrs. Dyson has also served in multiple senior-leadership positions at the US Department of Health and Human Services’ agency, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), culminating her tenure as the Deputy Office Director of External Affairs.

Mrs. Dyson is a registered nurse and received a graduate degree in Political Management and Policy from the George Washington University.

Len Fishman

Len Fishman is the Director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. The Institute is the research, policy, and public service arm of UMass Boston’s gerontology program—one of the oldest and largest aging studies programs in the world. The Institute conducts research, analyzes policy, and provides education to policy makers and the general public about social, economic, and health issues concerning older adults. It also provides direct services, including lifelong learning and pension counseling.

From 2000 to 2013, Mr. Fishman was CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), New England’s largest non-profit provider of senior housing and healthcare. He led the transformation of this 115-year old nonprofit from a long-term care institution to an integrated system of housing, healthcare, research, and teaching, serving seniors of all faiths and incomes—increasingly in community-based settings. During his tenure, HSL became an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and serves as the School’s principal clinical research and academic teaching site in geriatrics.

Before joining HSL, Mr. Fishman was president of Leading Age, in Washington, D.C., which represents 6,000 non-profit senior housing and healthcare providers, serving over three million seniors in the U.S. and Canada. He also served in the cabinet of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, as commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services, and led the governor’s initiative to unite all programs serving seniors into one cabinet-level department. For a decade prior to that, Mr. Fishman practiced healthcare law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Fishman received a Bachelor of Arts from Antioch College and a Juris Doctor from Maryland Law School.

Tejal Gandhi, M.D.

Tejal Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.P.S., is the Chief Safety and Transformation Officer at Press Ganey. In this role, Dr. Gandhi is responsible for advancing the Zero Harm movement, improving patient and workforce safety, and developing innovative healthcare transformation strategies. Before joining Press Ganey in January 2020, Dr. Gandhi served as Chief Clinical and Safety Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), where she led IHI programs focusing on improving patient and workforce safety beginning in 2017. Prior to IHI, Dr. Gandhi was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) from 2013 until 2017, when NPSF merged with IHI. She has also served as President of the Lucian Leape Institute, a think tank founded by NPSF that now operates within the IHI Safety portfolio and was a board member of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety, which administers the Certified Professional in Patient Safety credential.

Dr. Gandhi is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School and is also a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. In 2019, Dr. Gandhi was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She is a recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, given in recognition of her contributions to understanding the epidemiology of medical errors in the outpatient setting and for developing prevention strategies. Dr. Gandhi has also been named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare,” “Top 25 Women in Healthcare,” and “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” by Modern Healthcare magazine. An internist by training, Dr. Gandhi previously served as Executive Director of Quality and Safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Partners Healthcare. She received her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and trained at Duke University Medical Center.

Ira Gottlieb

Ira Gottlieb is Chief Lead Project Officer at United Medical Center and Senior Advisor at Mazars USA, LLP, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mazars group, which is an international accounting, audit, tax, and advisory services organization. From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Gottlieb was a principal in Mazar’s healthcare practice. Prior to this position, Mr. Gottlieb founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Health Concepts, Inc., a healthcare consulting and solutions company, from 1989 until the company was sold to Mazars USA, LLP in 2012. Mr. Gottlieb has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry with a specialty in the managed care market segment on both the payer and provider side of healthcare delivery. He has provided managed care consultative services to national, regional, and local payers; healthcare plans; hospitals; and hospital systems. In addition, he has extensive experience in government programs for Managed Medicare and Medicaid Exchange and value-based payments. Currently, Mr. Gottlieb is leading a management contract for Mazars to restructure United Medical Center, a public safety net hospital in Washington DC. Mr. Gottlieb also founded and was owner, and Chief Executive Officer of Creative Management Strategies, Inc., a national retained healthcare executive search firm specializing in “C-Suite” assignments for health plans and hospitals. He also served as a sponsor representative on the Healthfirst Board of Directors for five years. Mr. Gottlieb was also a CEO and Chairman of two trade organizations: the New York Employment Council and the Association of Personal Consultants of New York.

Mr. Gottlieb has a bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York.

Rizal Hamdallah

Rizal Hamdallah is the Chief Innovation Officer at Clif Bar and Company, joining the company in 2020. Prior to this role, he held the positions of Chief Global Growth Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Ocean Spray Cranberries where he led several successful product launches and was instrumental in the creation of Lighthouse, the company’s innovation incubator. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Hamdallah spearheaded the Innovation Lab at Tyson Foods where he helped shape the company’s investment in plant-based protein and developed a revolutionary new product model for reducing food waste. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hamdallah held positions at leading consumer packaged goods industry brands, including SC Johnson, Unilever, and Nestlé. He also founded GetBetty, Inc., a Chicago-based start-up offering on-demand beauty services. In 2019, Mr. Hamdallah was named one of the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honorees. Mr. Hamdallah earned a Master of Product Design and Development Management from Northwestern University.

Leslie Kirwan

Leslie Kirwan is the retired Dean for Administration and Finance for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard University. Ms. Kirwan joined Harvard in 2009 and oversaw FAS administrative functions and directly led FAS Finance, Human Resources, Research Administration, Facilities, Physical Resources and Planning, Diversity, and Media and Technology Services. Prior to joining Harvard, Ms. Kirwan served as the Secretary of Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2009. In that role, Ms. Kirwan served as a member of Governor’s Deval Patrick’s cabinet, and was responsible for executing key finance and administrative duties including preparation of the Governor’s budget recommendation, development of a state capital budget, monitoring and management of financial activities across state government, and the development and analysis of fiscal policy. She also oversaw the activities of more than 2,500 state employees in agencies and divisions ranging from the Department of Revenue to the Divisions of Human Resources and Information Technology, and chaired the Health Connector Authority which oversees Massachusetts healthcare reform. Before being tapped by Governor Patrick, Ms. Kirwan served in other administration and finance leadership roles in the Commonwealth and at the Massachusetts Port Authority for over 20 years.

Ms. Kirwan received an A.B. from Harvard College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

David Klein

David Klein is a corporate director and advisor with deep experience and expertise in healthcare delivery and payment. He is the President of Klein Solutions Group, LLC, which provides advice on policy, strategy, operations, and finance to healthcare delivery and payer organizations. Mr. Klein also serves as: a special advisor to the CEO of the University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center, a professor of public health sciences in the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, and an executive professor of healthcare management in the UR Simon Business School. Mr. Klein was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of The Lifetime Healthcare Companies, a family of companies that provide health coverage and healthcare services to more than 1.5 million people. Mr. Klein had been a senior executive with The Lifetime Healthcare Companies and its predecessor companies since 1986, serving as CEO from 2003 until 2012. Mr. Klein previously was an executive with the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Health Care Service Corporation. He served as Director of the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Mr. Klein currently serves as a director of CTG, a NASDAQ-listed information technology services and solutions company. He is also a director of the following privately held companies: Landmark Health, Avalon Healthcare Solutions, Cogito, NextHealth Technologies, PNT, Excel Partners Venture Fund, Transparent Health Marketplace, CompanionMx, and Orthometrics. Mr. Klein is a member of the Cressey & Company private equity fund Distinguished Executives Council. He serves as an advisor to Health Catalyst Capital Management, LLC private equity fund, and as non-executive chair of the New York eHealth Collaborative which operates New York State’s health information exchange. Mr. Klein is a member of Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business Health Care Advisory Board and has chaired United Way of Greater Rochester and an American Cancer Society Capital Campaign to establish a new Rochester Hope Lodge.

Mr. Klein received a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Christopher Koller

Christopher Koller is President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a national operating foundation that improves population health by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best evidence and experience. Prior to this role, he served in the State of Rhode Island from 2005 to 2013 as the nation’s first health insurance commissioner, where he and his team aligned regulation and rate review with statutory authority to help promote delivery system reform in areas such as primary care transformation. Prior to that role, Mr. Koller served as CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and was founding chair of the Association of Community Affiliated Plans. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Health Care Services Board and serves in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Mr. Koller is an adjunct professor in the department of Health Services Policy and Practice in the School of Public Health at Brown University.

Mr. Koller has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and master’s degrees in management and religion from Yale University.

Joseph Paduda

Joseph Paduda, the principal of Health Strategy Associates and president of CompPharma, LLC, is a nationally recognized expert in medical management with deep experience in workers’ compensation and pharmacy services. In addition to consulting with managed care organizations, employers, healthcare providers, and insurers, Mr. Paduda conducts regular surveys on bill review and claims systems managing work comp pharmacy costs, and utilization review services. He is also the prolific and insightful author of the ManagedCareMatters.com blog and a founder of HealthWonkReview.com, a collaborative blog on healthcare policy.

As president of CompPharma, Mr. Paduda provides strategic direction and oversight to the organization, which informs and assists public policy makers tasked with regulating workers’ compensation, pursues advocacy efforts, and conducts and publishes research on issues related to work comp pharmacy.

As principal and founder of Health Strategy Associates, Mr. Paduda has provided strategic direction for integrating operations for a billion-dollar healthcare services firm; survey of top 50 customers for a top five claims administrator; management of the entire managed care vendor selection process for a workers’ compensation insurer; revamping of the medical management processes for a Fortune 50 employer; and evaluation of multiple companies on behalf of private equity investors and secondary debt investors.

Prior to his present engagements, Mr. Paduda was vice president of product development for Travelers Health Company from 1994 to 1997. In this role, he led efforts to develop new managed care products for both the workers’ compensation and group health industries. He was also previously a manager with Liberty Mutual Insurance from 1990 to 1994 and a marketing director with American International Group (AIG) from 1987 to 1990.

Mr. Paduda holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in health and fitness management from American University.

Christopher Palmieri

Ex-Officio

Chris Palmieri has spent two and a half decades leading publicly funded healthcare organizations and has a passion for providing high-quality care coordination and care delivery and specialized services that address the spectrum of social determinants of health to low-income individuals and those with significant needs, including seniors and people with disabilities.

Since 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris has transformed Commonwealth Care Alliance into a national leading $2 billion health system, which has consistently provided improved health and quality outcomes to its customer base. Chris is also the founder of Winter Street Ventures®, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s start-up accelerator and venture investment subsidiary, and launched a business that provides in-home emergency department services, called instED®.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Care Alliance, Chris served as CEO of Remedy Partners, a national bundled payment company, headquartered in Darien, Connecticut. Chris also served as President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York CHOICE Health Plans, successfully launching a $2 billion safety-net insurance company offering both Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care products. Additionally, Chris has held senior positions with Amerigroup Corporation, Metropolitan Jewish Health System, and Faxton-St. Luke’s Health Care/Mohawk Valley Network.

Chris is currently Chair of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), a national trade association representing 67 nonprofit health plans in 28 states, and Chair of the National Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Association, a consortium of leading managed care organizations serving state Medicaid programs and beneficiaries. He is also currently Chair of the Board of LifePod, a remote patient monitoring company and Winter Street Ventures portfolio company, and serves as the independent director and Chair of the Board of Healthify. Lastly, Chris is a member of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees.

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