Senior Leaders 2019-2020

Armika Berkley

State Partner: Alabama Arise

Armika Berkley is the Regional Director Strategy & Operations for Kaiser Permanente TPMG: Northern California, with responsibility for advancing areas of regional strategic priorities for the multi-service lines. Mrs. Berkley leads strategy development and operational assurance partnering with 9,000 physicians and 35,000 nurses across 330 hospital and medical centers serving 4.1 million patients in Northern California. The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) is the largest medical group in the United States—and one of the most distinguished. Her work at Kaiser Permanente: TPMG continues her legacy of delivering high-quality healthcare to underserved communities.

Mrs. Berkley previously served in roles such as; Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services (CGMHS), Corporate Programs Manager for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Medical Practice Administrator with Christ Community Health Services. Under Armika’s leadership with CGMHS she reversed negative revenue trends, produced 35% revenue growth, increased access to primary care and secured research funding exceeding $7MM in 15 months. She has spearheaded and co-authored published results of community based research. Mrs. Berkley has spent her career developing and integrating innovative statistical approaches to advance public health initiatives, increasing access to healthcare, ensuring operational efficiency and advancing healthcare research specifically targeting underserved populations. Past initiatives include: leading care transitions work, reducing inappropriate utilization, operationalizing grant funded programs to increase access to quality health care, increasing health literacy and providing interventions to address health disparities in underserved communities.

She values Service, Equity, Knowledge and Innovation and has been dedicated to serving diverse populations in the healthcare industry for more than 15 years.

Most recently Armika is working to complete her Doctor of Science (DSc) Health Care Administration at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Mrs. Berkley has a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee and a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Behavioral Studies from Capella University. She is HRPP/NIH and EMT Intravenous Therapy certified. In addition, she is a certified Registered Medical Assistant (RMA); life coach- certified in chronic disease self-management; and a certified Fundamentals Diabetes Care Educator. Mrs. Berkley also has a Graduate Certification in Health Analytics and is a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives, Medical Group Management Association, American Public Health Association, Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum as well as the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Armika is a native Memphian whose personal mission is to serve diverse populations and to serve as a leader in the continuing effort to affect change in health disparities in under-resourced communities.

Judy Feder

State Partner: Maine People's Alliance

Judy Feder is a professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, served as dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. A nationally-recognized leader in health policy, Judy has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system, through both scholarship and public service. A widely published scholar, Judy’s health policy research began at the Brookings Institution, continued at the Urban Institute, and, since 1984, has flourished at Georgetown University. In the late 1980s, Judy moved from policy research to policy leadership, actively promoting effective health reform as staff director of the congressional Pepper Commission (chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV) in 1989-90; principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services in former President Bill Clinton’s first term; a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (2008-2011) and, today, as an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute. Judy matches her own contributions to policy with her contributions to nurturing emerging policy leaders. As dean from 1999 to 2008, she built Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute into one of the nation’s leading public policy schools, whose graduates participate in policymaking, policy research, and policy politics, throughout Washington, the nation and the world. Judy is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance; a former chair and board member of AcademyHealth and former board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance;and a member of the Center for American Progress Action Fund Board and of the Hamilton Project’s Advisory Council. In 2006 and 2008, Judy was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 10th congressional district.

Jeffrey A. Keilson

State Partner: ARC of Georgia

Starting in the 1970s with the movement to support people to move from state institutions, state hospitals and nursing homes, Jeff Keilson has provided leadership to support people to live in real homes and live fulfilling lives in the communities of their choice.  In the mid-1990’s Jeff spearheaded the self-determination initiative in Massachusetts supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; one of the cornerstones being supporting self-determination and control of resources in communities of color. He worked with Bay Path Elder Services to develop a self-direction initiative for elders that received a 2010 Local Innovation Award from the federal Administration on Aging.

As Senior Vice-President for Advocates, which provides supports to more than 20,000 people with disabilities and their families, he directs implementation of more person and family centered services. He also provides leadership in supporting Advocates’ strategic growth, building partnerships, and directing marketing and fundraising efforts.  Jeff co-founded Rewarding Work Resources that provides a means for individuals with disabilities and their families to find respite and direct support workers. He also was the Director of the Lindemann Mental Health Center and served as Assistant Commissioner and Regional Director for the Metro Region for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.

Jeff gets his deepest rewards when working directly with consumers and families, supporting them to become more empowered and assisting them to create visions for independence—and then implementing them— in states as diverse as Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, and Massachusetts.  In 2017 Jeff was honored to receive the Marie Feltin Award from the Boston Center for Independent Living and in 2008 Jeff was the recipient of the prestigious Gunnar Dybwad Leadership Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He also services on the Boards of NADD and HIPPY, USA.

Mary Kennedy

State Partner: Health Access California

Mary Kennedy worked on health care and reform for her entire career including over thirty years for the State of Minnesota, three years with Evercare/United Health Group, eight years at the Association for Community Health Plans (ACAP) and ,in 2010,as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Medicaid and Medicare, CMS. Her public service was primarily with the Minnesota Department of Human Services in all aspects of Medicaid culminating as Minnesota’s Medicaid Director under three Governors from 1997 to 2004. While Medicaid Director, she served as Vice Chair of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors and on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum.  During her tenure at the state, Mary oversaw development of the Children’s Health Program, expansion, of coverage, implementation of managed care. From 1992-1995 she served as Senior Health Advisor and later, Director, Health Care Delivery Policy at the Minnesota Department of Health where she was responsible for the management of policy activities related to Minnesota Care health reform. In 2004, Mary joined Evercare where she worked with states to provide care for residents of long term care facilities and coordinated care for people with Medicaid/Medicare coverage. She joined the Association of Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) in 2008 to work with safety net health plans throughout the country as they developed coordinated care programs. In 2010, Mary joined CMS on a mobility assignment using her state experience as senior adviser on early implementation of the Affordable Care Act; rejoining ACAP until her retirement in 2014. Mary continues her involvement in health care as a board member of the Center for Health Policy Development, the parent board of the National Academy of State Health Policy.

Gregg Warshaw
Senior Advisor

Gregg Warshaw, MD, an academic family physician/geriatrician, is a clinical professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, Geriatrics Division, School of Medicine, at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Warshaw was previously the director of the Geriatric Medicine Program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine from 1987 - 2015. He joined the UC faculty after four years as assistant professor and director of the Geriatric Medicine Program in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University.

Dr. Warshaw received his medical training at the University of Michigan, and further residency and fellowship training at Duke University, The University of North Carolina, and at Edinburgh University in Scotland. Dr. Warshaw served as the medical director of Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, Ohio from 1985 – 2014.  He is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. Dr. Warshaw was a 2013-2014 Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy Fellow/American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He is currently a senior advisor for the Center's Senior Leader program.