Alliance Staff

Sarah J. Dash, MPH

President and CEO

Sarah is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.

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Kelly J. Appenzeller

Director of Development Operations

Kelly is the director of development operations at the Alliance for Health Policy. They oversee the Alliance’s development efforts and strategic partnerships. They work closely with the president & CEO, advising on stakeholder engagement and management, and business operations. As director, Kelly manages annual revenue for the Alliance and is instrumental in new business development and corporate partnerships. Kelly joined the Alliance in 2015 and served as congressional events and outreach manager before becoming assistant director of external affairs in June 2017. Before the Alliance, Kelly worked in communications and development, beginning her career in public relations on Capitol Hill and working as a summer associate for Curley Company, a Washington D.C. public relations firm. Kelly holds a bachelor’s in history and government from St. Lawrence University.

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Raia Contractor, MPH

Program and Grants Manager

Raia Contractor is the program and grants manager at the Alliance for Health Policy. In this role, she oversees the operations of Alliance programs and events. Raia previously worked at the Baltimore City Health Department, where she led the process of data management and grant writing for the Division of Aging and managed the Health Department’s in-home COVID-19 vaccination program. She also has five years of experience working in education. Raia holds a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

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Tony Cutillo

Policy Manager

Anthony “Tony” Cutillo is the policy manager at the Alliance for Health Policy. He oversees the policy content development for Alliance events and programming. Prior to joining the Alliance, Tony served as a health policy analyst at the National Governors Association where he focused on substance use disorder, healthcare workforce, and cost and coverage issues at the state level. He began his career at Gainwell Technologies (formerly Health Management Systems) as the government relations coordinator supporting state and federal affairs work, policy analysis, and PAC and grassroots advocacy development. While earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Tony completed internships in the House of Representatives and the American Public Human Services Association.

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David Elliott

Vice President of Finance and Operations

David is vice president of finance and operations at the Alliance for Health Policy. He manages financial planning, budgeting, and strategy for the Alliance and ensures the seamless day-to-day management of the organization. He serves as primary organizational contact for all grant and contract finances, supports all grant applications and financial reporting of grants, and ensures timely and accurate reporting to funders as well as effective management and compliance with respect to the use of grant dollars. David has nine years of nonprofit management experience including overseeing organizational planning, budgeting, accounting, information technology, regulatory compliance, human resources, special projects, and vendor negotiations and management, as well as grant proposals and reports. Prior to joining the Alliance in April 2019, he served as COO for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and its 501(c)4 sister organization, NIAC Action. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a business administration minor from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.

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Okey Enyia, MPH

Senior Policy Advisor

Okey is the senior policy advisor at the Alliance for Health Policy. In this role, Okey oversees the policy and content development for selected Alliance educational and other programmatic activities; provides subject matter expertise to major grant and sponsorship opportunities; and contributes to the Alliance’s health equity strategy and community/patient engagement initiatives. Most recently, Okey served as a project manager for the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance. Prior to that, he served as a management analyst in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and has served as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives and on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Okey holds a master’s degree in public health from Chicago State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology/biochemistry from Lewis University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in health policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health; and gives back to his community as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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Christopher Holt

Vice President of Policy

Christopher Holt is the vice president of policy at the Alliance for Health Policy. Chris oversees our policy workstream to ensure our programs are solution-focused, grounded in evidence, and timely for our policy audience. He serves as a bridge between the Alliance and our congressional and executive audiences. Before joining the Alliance, Chris served as the director of health care policy at the American Action Forum (AAF). His op-eds have appeared in publications including Real Clear Policy and The Hill, and his research and perspectives are regularly cited in numerous publications including Politico, Congressional Quarterly, Modern Healthcare, and Bloomberg Law. He is a regular panelist at briefings and policy events and he has provided expert testimony to multiple congressional committees. Prior to AAF, Chris served on Capitol Hill as health policy advisor to Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Bob Inglis (R-SC), and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH). He began his congressional career with the Senate Special Committee on Aging under then-Chairman Gordon Smith (R-OR). Chris holds a master’s degree in congressional and presidential studies from The Catholic University of America, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Whitman College.

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Sarina Katz

Senior Manager of Communications and Marketing

Sarina is the communications and marketing manager at the Alliance for Health Policy. Sarina leads the coordination and strategy of the Alliance’s communication channels and oversees marketing activities for Alliance programs and events. She has over five years experience designing and executing dynamic campaigns across digital and print media. Prior to the Alliance, Sarina held positions at nonprofits within the environmental sector and with the Department of Justice. She holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and history from Penn State University.

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Devon Lara, MPH

Program and Research Associate

Devon is the program and research associate at the Alliance for Health Policy. This position is an integral part of the Alliance policy team in the production of high-quality and unbiased health policy programming for members of Congress, congressional and executive branch staff, media, and policy experts. Devon provides project management support to ensure event preparation processes run smoothly and assists in researching a variety of current health policy topics. Prior to joining the Alliance, Devon was selected as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute legislative health fellow where she worked at Bristol Myers Squibb and the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of New Mexico with a concentration in communications and health policy, in addition to a bachelor’s degree in science.

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Kathryn B. Martucci, MPH

Director of Policy and Programs

Kathryn is the director of policy and programs at the Alliance for Health Policy. Kathryn leads the policy team and oversees the production of high-quality, timely, informative briefings and materials. Previously, Kathryn served as the assistant director of policy and programs. Kathryn joined the Alliance in January 2018 as a senior health policy analyst with eight years of experience in the health care industry. Her previous experience includes working as the senior health policy analyst and associate director of operations for the Advisory Board Company. Applying her passion for public health and health policy research in diverse environments, Kathryn also spent time working as a health policy fellow in the D.C. Office of Senator Chris Murphy. Kathryn holds a master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology from Cornell University.

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Elizabeth Dunne Richardson

Executive Assistant

Elizabeth Dunne Richardson is the executive assistant to the president and CEO at the Alliance for Health Policy. In addition to providing executive support to the president, she also serves as the liaison to the Alliance’s distinguished Board of Directors. Elizabeth’s experience includes serving as senior legislative assistant to Representative Clay Shaw (R-FL) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH, formerly Representative) working for the Physician Insurers Association of America, and serving in Congressional Relations in the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Wake Forest University. « »

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Emma Rossetti

Development and Events Assistant

Emma is the development and events assistant at the Alliance for Health Policy. Emma is responsible for supporting development outreach and event logistics at the Alliance. Prior to this, Emma interned at The American Battlefield Trust and the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. She also served two years as a student fellow with the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs at Hofstra University. Emma holds bachelors’ degrees in global studies, geography, and public policy from Hofstra University.

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Matthew Salsbury

Program and Grants Manager

Matthew Salsbury is program and grants manager at the Alliance for Health Policy. As a member of the program strategy and management team, he contributes to the timely delivery of relevant, unbiased, and educational programs. For the last two years, he has been a program manager at Vibrant Health, an FQHC and Patient-Centered Medical Home in the Kansas City area. Matthew has also held positions in Washington, DC at College Promise and on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public communications from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Keena Wallace

Accounting Assistant

Keena is the accounting assistant for the Alliance for Health Policy. Keena processes accounts payable, records accounting transactions, and performs other administrative duties as needed. Keena also handles the Alliance’s external event registration process. She has worked with the Alliance since 2008.

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Bailey Wilbanks

Government Affairs Associate

Bailey is the government affairs associate at the Alliance for Health Policy. Bailey plays a key role in implementing the federal affairs strategy at the Alliance. Prior to this, Bailey served as the Alliance’s program and research assistant. Before joining the Alliance, Bailey began her career on Capitol Hill for a Texas representative. Prior to her time on the Hill, Bailey also spent time interning for American Public Human Services Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community health from Texas A&M University.

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