NICHQ's Executive Team and Staff
Charles J. Homer, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President
Dr. Charles Homer co-founded the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) in July 1999 and he currently serves as the organization's President and CEO. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. A member of the federal Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, Dr. Homer also served as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Pediatric Health and Quality Measurement Committee from 2009-2011; chaired NCQA’s Children’s Measurement Advisory Panel from 2009-2011; and co-chaired the National Quality Forum (NQF) Child Outcomes Steering Committee from 2009-2010. He represents NICHQ at the National Priority Partnership, convened by the National Quality Forum. In Massachusetts he served as a member of the Expert Panel on Performance Measurement reporting to the Commonwealth’s Quality and Cost Council from 2009-2012. He was a member of the third US Preventive Services Task Force from 2000-2002 and served as chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Quality Improvement from 1999-2001 and its Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management from 2001-2004. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rachel Sachs Steele, MEd
Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Vice President of Business Development
Ms. Steele is responsible for guiding NICHQ’s operations; offering programmatic leadership; and providing guidance on strategy and organizational development. Rachel has more than ten years of management, healthcare, and business strategy experience. Prior to coming to NICHQ, she had been consulting with non-profit organizations and as a member of the Bard Group – a boutique firm working with physicians and hospitals – to strengthen strategy, organizational development, and executive and management capabilities. Before that, Rachel provided strategic planning, organizational development, and clinical quality expertise for Network Health, a Medicaid health plan based in Cambridge, and serving Massachusetts. Rachel has a Masters degree in counseling psychology, and is a certified Myers Briggs practitioner.
Tom Dahlborg, MSM
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Strategy
Tom focuses on integrating the organization to achieve our mission and vision through implementation of comprehensive strategic planning and performance excellence processes. Before joining NICHQ, Tom was the Executive Director of the Hygeia Foundation in Falmouth, ME. He received his MSM in Health Services Management from Lesley University and his BS in Healthcare Administration from Stonehill College.