Board of Directors

Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. — Chair 
Reed Tuckson is the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes. Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as executive vice president and chief of medical affairs for UnitedHealth Group. Prior to that, Dr. Tuckson’s career includes leadership positions at the American Medical Association, the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the District of Columbia government.

Thomas A. Scully, J.D. – Vice Chair and Secretary
Thomas Scully is a general partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. Prior to joining WCAS, he was the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for three years under President George W. Bush and the president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals for six years. He also served as the deputy assistant to the president and as the associate director of Office of Management and Budget, under President George H.W. Bush, and he has practiced law at Alston and Bird; Patton Boggs; and Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer and Feld. Tom received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1979 and a J.D. from Catholic University in 1986.

Nancy W. Dickey, M.D.Treasurer
Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., is president emeritus of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, and professor in the College of Medicine. Dr. Dickey served as president of the American Medical Association in 1998-99. She also has been active in numerous other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Medical Association.

Tanisha Carino, Ph.D.Board Member
Tanisha Carino is the executive director of FasterCures, the center devoted to saving lives and improving the medical research system. She most recently led the U.S. policy function for GlaxoSmithKline, a U.K.-based science-led global healthcare company. Prior to her role at GlaxoSmithKline, she spent more than a decade with Avalere Health. Tanisha brings over 15 years of experience in consulting, management, health policy and strategy development across government, industry and academia. Tanisha has a Ph.D. in health policy from Johns Hopkins University and serves as an associate faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also a board member of Bread for the City in Washington, D.C.

Dianne Faup, J.D. – Board Member
Dianne Faup is a founding partner at Speire Healthcare Strategies, a boutique healthcare consulting firm that provides strategic advisory services at the intersection of policy and strategy. She has over 25 years of experience working in the health care industry as an attorney, a management consultant and a government executive. Previously, she held senior leadership positions in Booz Allen Hamilton and KPMG Europe and served as a senior advisor to then-Deputy Secretary Alex Azar of the US Department of Health & Human Services and chief of staff of the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance. Faup holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Manhattanville College and a Juris Doctor from University of New Hampshire (Franklin Pierce Law).

Elizabeth HallBoard Member
Elizabeth Hall is the vice president of federal affairs and director of the Washington office for Anthem, Inc. She and her staff represent the company’s positions to Congress, the administration, Washington-based organizations and coalitions. Prior to joining Anthem, Liz served as the director of the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. She also worked for Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) in Congress. She has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

David Lansky, Ph.D.Board Member
David Lansky is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health and directs its efforts to improve the affordability and availability of high-quality health care. Since 2008, Dr. Lansky has led the coalition of 60 large employers and health care purchasers representing over six million Americans. Dr. Lansky has served as a board member or adviser to the National Quality Forum, National Priorities Partnership, the Joint Commission, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Leapfrog Group, and the Medicare Beneficiary Education Advisory Panel.

Peter M. Leibold, J.D.Board Member
Peter M. Leibold is the chief advocacy officer for Ascension. In this role, Leibold works closely with executive leadership, advocacy and government affairs leaders across the Health Ministries of Ascension. Prior to joining Ascension, Leibold served for fifteen years as the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Health Lawyers Association. Prior to that, Leibold served as general counsel to the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Dan Mendelson, MPP — Board Member
Dan Mendelson is the founder of Avalere Health. Now, he serves as an advisor to the organization. From 1998 to 2000, Dan served as associate director for Health at the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton White House.  Prior to joining OMB, Dan was senior vice president of The Lewin Group and Director of the Medical Technology Practice. He was also closely involved in the operations of Value Rx, a pharmacy benefit management company (PBM). Dan presently serves on the boards of Champions Oncology (CSBR) and Centrexion Therapeutics. He is executive-in-residence at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and serves on the Advisory Board of the Duke Margolis Center. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics and viola performance from Oberlin College (1986), and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1990).

Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. — Board Member
Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., is the Robert J. Margolis professor of business, medicine, and health policy, and director of the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. He is a physician-economist who focuses on quality and value in health care including payment reform, real-world evidence and more effective drug and device innovation. He is former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Margaret A. MurrayBoard Member
Margaret A. Murray is the founding CEO of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP). Prior to leading ACAP, Mrs. Murray was the Medicaid director in New Jersey and oversaw the expansion of the FamilyCare program to cover all children under 350 percent of poverty. She was also a senior budget analyst for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She has served the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Public Financing and Delivery of HIV Care, the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission and on the board of a Community Health Center in Southern Maryland. She received her M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and her B.A. cum laude in economics and classical civilization from Wellesley College.

Francine ParkerBoard Member
Francine Parker is executive director of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. The UAW Trust, launched in 2010, administers health care benefits to more than 806,000 retirees and eligible dependents from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Prior to her role at the UAW Trust, Ms. Parker served as president and chief executive officer of Health Alliance Plan and senior vice president of insurance-purchaser relations for Henry Ford Health System.


John Rother, J.D. — Board Member
John Rother is president and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care, bringing together employers, unions, insurers, providers and consumers around the common goals of keeping health care affordable, protecting vulnerable populations and improving value. Before the coalition, Mr. Rother was the executive vice president of policy, strategy and international affairs at AARP.


Kirsten SloanBoard Member
Kirsten Sloan is senior policy director at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. She leads ACS CAN ‘s policy work in support of the organization ‘s extensive federal, state and local advocacy agendas. In addition, she manages a team of senior policy principals and analysts with a focus on access to care, emerging science, and prevention. Kirsten came to ACS CAN from the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she served as the vice president and helped manage the organization ‘s health policy portfolio. Before working for the National Partnership, she was director of federal health issues for AARP, leading advocacy efforts around Medicare and health care. Kirsten is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Sarah J. DashPresident and CEO
Sarah J. Dash is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Health Policy. She joined the Alliance in April 2014 as vice president for Policy. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in the Center on Health Insurance Reforms. She has also served as a senior health policy aide on Capitol Hill. She received her Master in Public Health degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Building on a background as a public servant, university president, and teacher, Roy Blunt was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Senator Blunt serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Senate Rules Committee. He is the Chairman of the Rules Committee and Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. He is also the Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation. The people of Southwest Missouri overwhelmingly elected Senator Blunt seven times to the U.S. House of Representatives. Senator Blunt was elected the Majority Whip earlier in his career than any Member of Congress in eight decades and was elected to the Senate leadership in his first year in the Senate. Before serving in Congress, he was a history teacher, a county official, and in 1984 became the first Republican elected as Missouri’s Secretary of State in more than 50 years. Senator Blunt also served four years as the president of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.

Representative Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX-26) 
Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. has represented the 26th Congressional District since 2003, and serves as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. He also sits on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, as well as the House Rules Committee. As of the 115th Congress, Rep. Burgess is the most senior medical doctor serving in the U.S. Congress. During his time in Congress, he has advocated to reduce health care costs, improve choices, reform liability laws, and support medical education. Rep. Burgess received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) 
A third-generation Marylander, Ben Cardin has been a national leader on health care, retirement security, the environment and fiscal issues while representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the House of Representatives. He has worked across party lines to further U.S. national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into American foreign policy efforts. First elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Cardin currently serves as Ranking Member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works committees. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Cardin believes access to quality, affordable health care should be a right and not a privilege. From 1987-2006, Ben Cardin represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served for 17 years on the Ways & Means Committee. He was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967-1986. During his time as Speaker from 1979-1986, he reformed Maryland’s property tax system, the school financing formula and the ethical standards for elected officials. A 1967 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (1st in his class), he earned his B.A. degree in 1964 from the University of Pittsburgh (cum laude). He is a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies’ National Advisory Board and the St. Mary’s College Advisory Board, Center for Study of Democracy.

Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO-1)
Representative Diana DeGette is serving her 12th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado. As a member of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, an exclusive congressional committee with vast jurisdiction over health care, trade, business, technology, food safety, and consumer protection, she is one of the leading voices in the health care debate in this country. She also serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which conducts the oversight of, and investigations into, issues falling under the jurisdiction of the full committee. As a member of the Democratic leadership, she played a vital role in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, has fought for tough food safety legislation, and was a key player in crafting a comprehensive consumer product safety bill.

Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Hon. John D. Rockefeller IV
Senator Jay Rockefeller served five terms as a Democratic senator from West Virginia. He was chairman of the Alliance from its founding in 1991 to 2007, and honorary chairman from 2008 until he retired from the Senate in 2014. During his Senate tenure, Sen. Rockefeller chaired the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Health Care (Pepper Commission) and the National Commission on Children. Under his leadership, the children’s commission became a model for bipartisan lawmaking on children’s education, welfare and health care issues. Sen. Rockefeller was also chairman of the Finance Committee’s Health Care Subcommittee, and chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, among his other committee assignments.