SENIOR LEADERS

 

Richard W. Besdine

Richard W. Besdine, MD, has devoted his career to geriatrics through university-based and public health care policy work for more than 35 years. He has trained more than 125 physicians in geriatrics. Dr. Besdine is Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Director of the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Director of the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine, and first Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine, at Alpert Medical School and the School of Public Health of Brown University. He is Chief of Geriatrics for Lifespan, and the other Brown-affiliated hospitals. He is also Chief Medical Officer for Healthcentric Advisors (formerly Quality Partners) of RI, the Quality Improvement Organization for the State of RI. Dr. Besdine also served as Interim Dean of Alpert Brown Medical School (2002-2005). He is past President of the American Geriatrics Society, and was first CMO for HCFA (now CMS) and Director of its Quality Bureau.

Audrey Chun

Audrey Chun, MD, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She then finished her fellowship in geriatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she also served as Chief Fellow. As a recipient of a Health Professions Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA), she was able to pursue her clinical interests that include geriatric assessment, medical education, and delivery of care in the outpatient setting. She has been featured in the Frontline documentary “Living Old” and has participated in numerous panel discussions on aging in America and its implications. Currently, Dr. Chun is Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Director of Coffey Geriatrics at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Tara Cortes

Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Executive Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and a professor in Geriatric Nursing at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Cortes has developed collaborative models with advanced practice nurses and physicians in traditional as well as nontraditional settings to enhance the care of the American elderly population. The consistent theme across her work is the essential role of advanced practice nurses improving the quality of life in specific patient populations and the interdisciplinary nature of health care. Dr. Cortes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Past Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and a 2013-2014 Health and Aging Policy Fellow. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from New York University, where she completed her PhD and Masters degrees.

Barry Ensminger

Barry Ensminger has devoted his professional life to advocating for better health care, especially preventive and primary care for poor women and children, in jobs with government and non-profits at the national, state and local levels: Public Citizen Health Research Group and the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, DC; Director of Policy and Counsel for New York City Council President Carol Bellamy; Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City; General Counsel of the March of Dimes and the NYC Human Resources Administration; consultant to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NY Community Trust and other health philanthropies and community-based organizations; Vice President for External Affairs at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Barry is still a student, seeking to match an advocate’s zeal with engaged scholarship. He teaches health policy and politics as an adjunct professor at the New School. He has been a lecturer in health law at Rutgers, an associate clinical professor at the Mailman school of public health, a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UC San Francisco Medical School. He studied health care in India, South Africa and Haiti and is currently on the board of End of Life Choices New York and the Center for Social Epidemiology. Barry is a graduate of Stanford  University and U/Penn law school. He lives in Brooklyn and Woodstock NY with his wife, Jill.

Judy Feder

Judy Feder, an Urban Institute Fellow is a professor of public policy, and from 1999 to 2008, was dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. A nationally recognized leader in health policy, she has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system through both scholarship and public service. Feder’s health policy research began at the Brookings Institution, continued at Urban, and since 1984, has flourished at Georgetown University. In the late 1980s, she moved from policy research to policy leadership promoting effective health reform as staff director of the congressional Pepper Commission. She was principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress before returning to Urban. As dean, Feder built Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute into one of the nation’s leading schools.

She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance; a former chair and board member of AcademyHealth; a member of the Center for American Progress Action Fund Board, the Board of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Hamilton Project’s Advisory Council; and a senior advisor to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. In 2006 and 2008, she was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 10th congressional district.

Gwendolyn Graddy-Dansby

Gwendolyn Graddy-Dansby, MD, FACP, has been the Medical Director for PACE Southeast Michigan (PACE SEMI), since 2001. PACE SEMI (formerly known as Center for Senior Independence) was the first Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly site in the state. Dr. Graddy, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) at PACE SEMI developed its Comfort Care program, focused on identifying appropriate patients early and enrolling them into Comfort Care. The goal is to improve and maintain not just quality of life, but quality of death and dying.

Dr. Graddy completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1980. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1984. She joined the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in 1987 and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Graddy is a member of Straight Gate International Church in Detroit and the Department Head for Gate Care Health Ministry. She speaks extensively on healthy aging, caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease. She has also begun to study the role that PACE has on controlling hospital utilization through its effective care coordination practices. 


Jeffrey A. Keilson

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

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.

David Labby

David Labby, MD PhD was the founding Chief Medical Officer of Health Share of Oregon, a Coordinated Care Organization  (CCO) financially and clinically accountable for the physical, behavioral and dental care of 220,000 Medicaid enrollees in the Tri County region around Portland, Oregon. He was at Health Share from 2012, when CCOs were launched as the key element in the state’s health care transformation efforts, until retiring in July 2015. He continues to work with Health Share as their Health Strategy Adviser as well as consulting with other CCOs.

Before coming to Health Share, Dr. Labby was Medical Director for CareOregon, the state's largest Medicaid Managed Care Plan, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing the health plan's care management program for members with complex conditions. Starting in 2006, he initiated and led the plan’s “Primary Care Renewal” Initiative to support key network providers in moving to a "medical home" model of care that includes integrated behavioral health. Dr. Labby directed Health Share’s “Health Commons” program, a three year federally funded “Innovations Grant” initiative focused on creating a regional system of care for high needs/high cost individuals. Dr. Labby is a General Internist who practiced in Primary Care.

Marie Monrad

Marie Monrad is the principal at Monrad Strategies, a consulting firm that provides strategic planning, facilitation, and support for interest based decision-making, performance improvement efforts and leadership development. As an experienced leader in the health care and public sector fields, Marie has particular expertise in helping diverse stakeholders find common ground to move critical priorities in complex decision-making environments.

Prior to Monrad Strategies, Marie served for ten years as the Vice President at Kaiser Permanente where she was responsible for helping lead the largest labor management partnership in the United States with a coalition of 27 different local unions across 10 states providing health services to over 12 million people. Prior to working at Kaiser Permanente, Marie worked for twenty years with the largest labor unions representing public sector and health care workers across the country developing public policy positions, leading organizing and legislative campaigns that focused on low-wage workers in child care, health care and the public sector.  Prior to that, Marie worked with community groups, women’s organizations, tribal nations and coalitions advancing economic empowerment.

She is currently working with the State of California’s Workforce Development Board to support their $10 million initiative to further High Road Training Partnerships in six different industries across California, identifying innovative approaches to help labor and management jointly address the workforce needs for the future of their industries with a particular focus on equity for low wage workers. Marie has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard’s Business School. 

Barbara Riley

Barbara E. Riley currently works as a public policy consultant focusing on aging and disability, human services, health care and social justice issues. She previously served as the Director of the Ohio Department of Aging having been appointed in 2007 by Governor Ted Strickland. Prior to that, she served in various leadership roles at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services including two years as Director. In that capacity she was responsible for overseeing the Medicaid, Child and Family Services, Child Support, Income Assistance, Unemployment Compensation and Workforce Development programs.

Riley started her work in Ohio with the Legislative Budget Office managing the health, human services and justice sections. Before moving to Ohio, she was an administrator of various non-profit service organizations in Michigan and Missouri. She has her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and a graduate degree in public policy and political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Martha Rounds-Watson

Martha Rounds-Watson, MS, APRN, GCNS-BC, has been passionate about geriatric healthcare for over 25 years and currently serves as a Clinical Innovation Specialist/Magnet Coordinator at Newport Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island. In her career, she has been responsible for a broad range of geriatric initiatives for frail elders at acute care hospitals, in adult day care and  at assisted living organizations. She has been involved in initiatives to manage common hospital acquired conditions such as falls, pressure ulcers, CAUTI, restraints and delirium. She also has been involved in education of staff in efforts to improve overall geriatric knowledge, especially in delirium management, pain management and palliative care initiatives. Martha holds an MS degree from the University of Rhode Island as an APN Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She also holds a certification from ANCC in Pain Management.

Gregg Warshaw

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 Community Catalyst’s Geriatrics Provider Collaboration.