Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
President and CEO of Dental Service of Massachusetts
Ms. Donohue is the President & CEO of Dental Service of Massachusetts (DSM). Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, DSM is the fourth largest dental benefits company in the country. Prior to serving as President and CEO, Ms. Donohue held positions as President, COO and EVP of DSM. Before joining DSM, she served as Vice President of Chartwell Therapies and Vice President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Ms. Donohue serves on the board and executive committee of Operation Able, the board and executive committee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers foundation, the board of the Delta Dental Plan Association, and the Board of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Her prior board service includes the National Association of Dental Plans, Camp Fire Boys and Girls where she served as President of the Board. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Ms. Donohue also holds a masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Masters in Business Administration from Boston College.
William G. Adams, MD
Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. William Adams is an epidemiologist, medical informatician, and practicing pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He is Director of BU-CTSI Clinical Research Informatics, Director of Child Health Informatics, and Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. His research focuses on developing and evaluating information technology (IT)-based solutions for improving the quality of health and healthcare for children. His focuses include the child health EHR, patient-centered IT and clinical data warehousing for quality improvement. He is a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Partnership for Policy Implementation (PPI), a group of child health informaticians committed to improving AAP guideline quality including computability. He also serves as advisor to the AAP Center for Child Health Informatics and is a member of the AAP Steering Committee for the Quality Innovation Network.
David A. Bergman, MD
Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Bergman is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is actively involved in the re-design of clinical systems to improve access and patient-care and communication. Dr. Bergman attended Yale University and University of Illinois School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program at Stanford. He has been involved in quality improvement and practical redesign for the past fifteen years and has chaired the AAP committee on quality improvement. Dr. Bergman was involved in the development of practice guidelines and is currently researching the use of telemedicine and web based tools for children with special healthcare needs. Dr. Bergman serves on NICHQ’s Board of Directors and is the past chair.
Former Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, ViaCell, Inc.
Mr. Dance joined ViaCell as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in January 2004. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President, Finance at SangStat Medical Corporation, a biotechnology company, from April 1999 until December 2003, adding the additional title of Chief Financial Officer in December 2002. Previously, Mr. Dance spent one year with Plantronics, Inc., a telecommunications company, where he was responsible for worldwide financial accounting, reporting and planning activities. He spent 15 years with Syntex Corporation, a pharmaceuticals company (later part of the Roche group), in a variety of increasingly responsible finance positions including controller of US sales, marketing and manufacturing operations. Mr. Dance holds a CPA (California) and FCA (United Kingdom) qualification in accounting and spent seven years with Deloitte & Touche in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He received his B.A. degree in French at the University of Leeds in England.
Beth Hurley, MBA
Chief Administrative Officer, Brown Rudnick LLP
Ms. Hurley is currently the Chief Administrative Officer at Brown Rudnick, LLP. Brown Rudnick is an international law firm with offices in many cities, including New York, Washington DC, Boston and London. Previously, Ms. Hurley held various positions in Human Resources and Finance at John Hancock, BankBoston, State Street Bank and the Boston Company. For more than ten years, Ms. Hurley has been on the board of trustees for Elliot House, formerly Horizons Initiative 2, a multi-family housing unit for families moving from homelessness to self-sufficiency. In addition, she held a variety of board positions with Consumer Credit Counseling of Southern New England, including Vice Chair and Chair of the Personnel Committee. Ms. Hurley received her BA in Accounting from Boston College and her MBA from Suffolk University.
Steven Kairys, MD, MPH
Chairman of Pediatrics, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Dr. Kairys has more than thirty years of experience in academics and healthcare administration. Since 2002, he has served as Chairman of Pediatrics at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center and as Director of the New Jersey Pediatric Council on Research and Education, the quality improvement arm of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Prior to his role at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Dr. Kairys held positions as Vice-Chairman of Pediatrics at Dartmouth University and Senior Dean for Clinical Affairs at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and was a professor of pediatrics at both institutions. He has also held positions as President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the AAP and as Chairperson of the AAPs National Committee on Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Kairys received his bachelor of arts and medical degrees from Temple University, his master of public health degree in epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health and completed his pediatric residency at Dartmouth Medical School. He was awarded WHO Fellowships in 1982 and 1989; the Best Teacher Award from Dartmouth in 1982 and 1989; and the Governor’s Award for Service to Children in New Hampshire in 1998.
Family Leader/CHIPRA Project Associate for Mass Family Voices
After gaining years of experience navigating resources and coordinating care for her son with complex special needs, Cristin Lind now works to improve access to quality health care and education for all families. She serves in various leadership roles including family faculty for NICHQ’s pediatric medical home learning collaborative and facilitates family leadership in the Children’s Healthcare Quality Coalition. She also supports patient and family involvement for 13 practice improvement teams in various medical home transformation projects at Cambridge Health Alliance, a community-based health system, and is developing and testing tools to support family-driven pediatric care coordination. Ms. Lind is a graduate of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disability fellowship, is a member of the Society of Participatory Medicine and the Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change, and is involved with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She frequently shares her experiences as a parent of a child with complex medical needs with medical students at Tufts and Harvard Medical Schools, at regional and national conferences and through her blog and other social media.
President of Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP)
Mr. O’Gorman is President of a managed care organization committed to ensuring quality health coverage and services for underserved populations. With 15 years of experience in Massachusetts, BMCHP – under Mr. O’Gorman’s leadership – is expanding that mission into New Hampshire during 2013. Prior to becoming President, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Interim Executive Director. Mr. O’Gorman’s is responsible for leading overall company strategy, managing day-to-day operations, developing programs and services to meet the needs of new and emerging markets, and preparing the company for future growth. Prior to joining BMCHP, Mr. O’Gorman worked at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, DentaQuest Ventures and Delta Dental Plan of Massachusetts in Chief Financial Officer roles, and as a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting in its financial services division. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and Master of Business Administration from Boston College. Mr. O’Gorman currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS
Director of the Health Policy Program, New America Foundation
Dr. Patel is a board-certified physician dedicated to bringing stories from the clinical world to the heart of policymaking. Her expertise spans delivery system reform, access, coverage and quality. Dr. Patel was previously Director of Policy for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Deputy Staff Director for the Senate HELP Committee, under the leadership of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Prior to working in Washington, Dr. Patel was a clinical instructor at UCLA and an Associate Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Patel completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA and received her medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Oregon Health and Sciences University where she served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine.
Director of Utah Family Voices Family to Family Health Information Center
Gina Pola-Money is the proud mom of five wonderful children, two of whom passed away from a rare degenerative disorder. Gina is the Director of Utah Family Voices Family to Family Health Information Center in partnership with the Utah Parent Center. She also works with the Utah Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Utah Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental Disabilities as a family leadership director and is charged with incorporating family involvement at all levels of health and related systems, providing parent input to state and national level policies and programs, advocating for Utah’s children with special health care needs and in helping families build the necessary skills to effectively navigate the complex system of care.
Vice President, Solomon McCown & Company
Michal is a senior strategic communications executive with experience in health care, government, politics, academia and the media, and a successful track record in public relations, issues management and government and community relations. She heads up the SM& health care and mission focused practice and is also a key member of the issues management team. Prior to joining Solomon McCown & Company, Michal was the Senior Vice President for communications for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, where she designed a major statewide campaign to inform the public about the state’s health reform law and oversaw the successful rollout of a major quality and safety initiative by all the hospitals in the Commonwealth. Michal previously served as the vice president for public affairs at Brandeis University for almost 10 years. She revitalized the communications office at Brandeis and built it into a dynamic public affairs operation by attracting new talent and refocusing staff efforts to better position the institution.
Wendy Warring, JD
Senior Vice President of Network Development and Strategic Partnerships, Children’s Hospital Boston
Wendy E. Warring, JD, is Senior Vice President of Network Development and Strategic Partnerships at Children’s Hospital Boston where she is dedicated to increasing access for children and families to Children’s Hospital Boston’s world class clinical care and research through the development of partnerships with primary care physicians, community hospitals, and academic and integrated health care delivery systems. She is also working, in negotiations with payors, to improve the alignment between payment methodologies and Children’s commitment to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of pediatric care. Prior to joining Children’s, Ms. Warring held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Executive Vice President at UMass Memorial Health Care Inc., and as Massachusetts' Commissioner of the Division of Medical Assistance where she directed the state's Medicaid program. She currently serves on the board of Community Catalyst, a national advocacy organization that provides consumers a voice in health care reform. Most recently, she chaired the Metro Hartford Alliance Health Care Task Force, was a member of the Boards of the Children’s Fund and Child Health and Development Institute, the Aurora Women’s and Girl’s Foundation and Leadership Greater Hartford, and was a trustee for the McLean Foundation. Ms. Warring earned her law degree at the Yale University Law School and received her bachelor's degree from Brown University.