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Skills

Skills
  Management of time, projects and people        Public speaking     Accomplishing goals in fast - paced environment    Coalition building      Developing political strategy Grant writing

Work experience

Sep 2010Feb 2012

Director of Policy Development

Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Testified before legislative committees
  • Created legislative proposals, position statements and amendments
  • Coordinated implementation of enacted legislation within agency and with other agencies
  • Drafted regulations and bulletins to explain health insurance laws
  • Collaboratde with industry and advocates to improve compliance
Apr 2007Jul 2010

Director of Public Policy

Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Successfully lobbied state legislature, including 4 legislative committees, to pass law requiring the Department of Corrections to provide a 30-day supply of psychiatric medications to certain inmates upon release
  • Chaired and revitalized the Mental Health & Criminal Justice Partnership, growing the state-wide group to accomplish change
  • Presented MH/CJ Partnership accomplishments at national and state conferences
  • Developed grant proposals to initiate new programs
  • Represented 6 states on Mental Health America (national) Policy Council
  • Trained groups to advocate and lobby
  • Promoted legislative and public policy agenda on website through weekly updates
Jun 2005Apr 2007

Director of Beneficiary Services, Maryland Medicaid Program

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Restructured two units to maximize efficiency
  • Hired and motivated 2 Deputy Directors and other senior staff
  • Proposed policy and budget strategies to Secretary
  • Explained Medicaid eligibility rules to attorneys, consumers and legislators
  • Represented the Department at legislative hearings, committee meetings, national conferences, task forces and continuing education classes
  • Prepared official responses to departmental, legislative and federal audits
  • Approved regulations, budgets and contracts 
Nov 2003May 2005

Assistant Attorney General

Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Provided legal advice to Insurance Commissioner regarding health insurance issues, contracts, and the Maryland Public Information Act
  • Advocated for consumers by representing the agency at administrative hearings
  • Negotiated settlement agreements with industry and drafted consent orders
  • Approved administrative orders for legal sufficiency
  • Composed motions and legal memoranda
  • Improved compliance with Public Information Act through staff training and oversight
  • Served as legal advisor to Hearing Officer
Dec 2000Nov 2003

Staff Attorney to Commissioner Steven B. Larsen

Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Primary aide to Commissioner Larsen during review of CareFirst, Inc. (BlueCross BlueShield) proposal to convert to for-profit status and merge with WellPoint, Inc.
  • Attended and prepared for depositions, legislative hearings and quasi-legislative hearings
  • Managed performance of 6 outside consultant firms
  • Organized collection, review and indexing of more than 86,000 pages of documents
  • Contributed to Commissioner's 2002 Report rejecting proposal
  • Designated as the Administration's liaison to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Education

1997Present

J.D.

University of Baltimore
1994

M.S.

Loyola University in Maryland

completed all coursework (27 credits) for M.S. degree

1992

B.A.

Loyola University in Maryland

Presentations

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Summary

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated attorney with proven record of increasing action among government agencies, nonprofit organizations and the private sector
  • Passionate advocate willing to negotiate to reach a positive compromise
  • Especially adept at explaining complicated issues in plain language
  • Achieves changes to public policy through lobbying and networking.
  • Solves problems using creative solutions (despite budgetary challenges)
  • Motivates others to improve performance/achieve goals

Group Affiliations

Mental Health & Criminal Justice Partnership (Chair) 2007-2010

Maryland Mental Health Coalition (staff) 2007-2010

Interagency Forensic Committee (member) 2009-2010

DHMH Mortality and Quality Review Committee (member) 2007-2008