NICHQ's Executive Team and Staff
Charles J. Homer, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President
Dr. Charles Homer co-founded NICHQ in July 1999 and he currently serves as the organization's President and CEO. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and 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, Dr. Homer has 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 also 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. Dr. Homer 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
Rachel Steele is responsible for guiding NICHQ’s operations; offering programmatic leadership; and providing guidance on strategy and organizational development. Steele has more than 10 years of management, healthcare and business strategy experience. Prior to coming to NICHQ, she had been consulting with non-profit organizations 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, Steele provided strategic planning, organizational development and clinical quality expertise for Network Health, a Medicaid health plan based in Cambridge, and serving Massachusetts. Steele has a master's degree in counseling psychology and is a certified Myers Briggs practitioner.
Tom Dahlborg, MSM
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Strategy
Tom Dahlborg is responsible for guiding NICHQ’s finance strategy and ensuring its financial condition as well as overseeing its analytical functions. Dahlborg has more than 26 years of extensive leadership experience building patient-and-family centered, empathetic, compassionate care models; analyzing and meeting patient and family expectations; and optimizing strategic partnerships, ventures and teams. Before joining NICHQ, Dahlborg was the executive director of the Hygeia Foundation, a nonprofit research institute in Falmouth, Maine. Dahlborg received his master’s degree in Health Services Management from Lesley University and his bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Stonehill College.