Skip to Main Content

AHLA Elects New Officers, Board Member, Fellows, and Appoints New Practice Group/Task Force/Council Leaders

  • May, 03, 2020

The American Health Law Association (AHLA) is pleased to report that the Nominating Committee has concluded its deliberations, and the Board of Directors has voted to approve an outstanding slate of new leaders for the Association:

President-Elect Designate

  • Thomas N. Shorter, Husch Blackwell, Madison, WI

Board of Directors Elected to a First Term

  • Saralisa C. Brau, McKesson Corporation, Washington, DC
  • Ari J. Markenson, Winston & Strawn, New York, NY
  • Suzanne J. Scrutton, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Columbus, OH

Board of Directors Elected to a Second Term

  • Gregory E. Demske, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Washington, DC
  • Maryam Khotani, Pharmacyclics, an AbbVie company, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Mark S. Kopson, Plunkett Cooney, Bloomfield, MI
  • Christine L. White, Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, NY

At-Large Nominating Committee Members

  • Ritu K. Cooper, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, Washington, DC 
  • Mark S. Kopson, Plunkett Cooney, Bloomfield, MI


  • Clifford E. Barnes, Epstein Becker & Green, Washington, DC
  • Mark H. Gallant, Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia, PA
  • Marc D. Goldstone, Prime Healthcare, Ontario, CA
  • Dorthula H. Powell-Woodson, Wiley Rein, Washington, DC
  • Sidney S. Welch, Akerman, Atlanta, GA

Practice Group Leaders

Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Practice Group

  • Ted Lotchin, Chair, WakeMed Health & Hospitals 
  • Rebecca Matthews, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Wiggin & Dana LLP*
  • David J. Vernon, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC*
  • Jessica M. Baker, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, State University of NY-University at Buffalo
  • Amy Elizabeth Bolian, Vice Chair, Publishing
  • Michael B. Lampert, Vice Chair, Publishing, Ropes & Gray LLP

Children's Health Affinity Group

  • Mary Anne Hilliard, Chair, Children's National Health System
  • Stephanie Hudson, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Hudson Healthcare Lawyers, LLC
  • Michael Cleary, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia*
  • Laura Fryan, Vice Chair, Publishing, Brouse McDowell*

Antitrust Practice Group

  • Aimee E. DeFilippo, Chair, Jones Day
  • Ashley M. Fischer, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Dionne C. Lomax, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Boston University Questrom School of Business
  • Rob Canterman, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition*
  • Lona Fowdur, Vice Chair, Publishing, Economists Inc.
  • Joseph Miller, Vice Chair, Publishing, Mintz Levin

Business Law and Governance Practice Group

  • David A. Weil II, Chair, Quorum Legal Services
  • John B. Garver III, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA
  • Jed A. Roher, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Judy W. Mayer, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Inspira Health Network
  • M. Daria Niewenhous, Vice Chair, Publishing, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC*
  • Kristen A. Larremore, Vice Chair, Publishing, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP

Governance Affinity Group

  • Stacy Callaghan, Chair, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Todd Rosenberg, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Crowell & Moring*
  • Jessica Stack, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Veralon Partners*
  • Janice Suchyta, Vice Chair, Publishing, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Transactions Affinity Group

  • Rowena R. Manlapaz, Chair, Office of General Counsel. University of California
  • Stella Ghattas, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Childrens National Health System
  • Andrew "Drew" G. Jack, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Jones Day
  • Kinal Mahesh Patel, Vice Chair, Publishing, Squire Patton Boggs

Fraud and Abuse Practice Group

  • Matt Wetzel, Chair, GRAIL
  • Joseph Wolfe, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
  • Kristin Carter, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
  • Tony R. Maida, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Jacqueline C. Baratian, Vice Chair, Publishing, Ascension*
  • Brett McNeal, Vice Chair, Publishing, Lexington Medical Center

Health Care Liability and Litigation Practice Group

  • Kristen Pollock McDonald, Chair, Jones Day
  • Scott R. Grubman, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Chilivis Cochran Larkins & Bever LLP
  • Lindsey Lonergan, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Navicent Health Inc.
  • Kirstin Ives, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Falkenberg Ives LLP
  • Steven D. Hamilton, Vice Chair, Publishing, McGuire Woods LLP
  • Kara Gordon Silverman, Vice Chair, Publishing, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP*

​Health Information and Technology Practice Group

  • Alisa Lieberman Chestler, Chair, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
  • Kathleen Dillon Kenney, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Polsinelli PC
  • Lisa Pierce Reisz, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP
  • Scott Bennett, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Coppersmith Brockelman PLC
  • Amanda L. Enyeart, Vice Chair, Publishing, McDermott Will & Emery LLP 
  • Valerie B. Montague, Vice Chair, Publishing, Nixon Peabody*

Digital Health Affinity Group

  • Jody Erdfarb, Chair, Wiggin and Dana LLP
  • Sean R. Baird, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Amazon
  • Sean Nakamoto, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Baird Holm LLP*
  • M. Leeann Habte, Vice Chair, Publishing, Best Best & Krieger LLP
  • Josh Mast, Vice Chair, Publishing, Cerner

Privacy and Security Risk Compliance and Enforcement Affinity Group

  • Elizabeth F. Hodge, Chair, Akerman LLP
  • Matthew C. Henderson, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Clearsense LLC
  • Deepali Doddi, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Adam H. Greene, Vice Chair, Publishing, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Sean Sullivan, Vice Chair, Publishing, Alston & Bird*

Tech Licensing and Intellectual Property Affinity Group

  • Ryann Marie Schneider, Chair, Paralllon Business Performance Group
  • Heather B. Deixler, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Jiayan Chen, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Jessica Lewis, Vice Chair, Publishing, UNC Health Care
  • Ryan Johnson, Vice Chair, Publishing, Fredrikson & Byron PA

Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group

  • Emily Black Grey, Chair, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson LLP
  • Ritu Kaur Cooper, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
  • Julia K. Tamulis, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Bass Berry & Sims PLC
  • Neerja Razdan, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Beaumont Health*
  • Gregory D. Anderson, Vice Chair, Publishing, Horne LLP
  • Kimberly S. Ruark, Vice Chair, Publishing, BakerHostetler

Fair Market Value Affinity Group

  • Bartt Warner, Chair, VMG Health
  • Alex T. Krouse, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Parkview Health
  • Terri Wagner Cammarano, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Cedars-Sinai
  • Emma Miller, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, ECG Management Consultants*
  • Kimberly Mobley, Vice Chair, Publishing, Sullivan Cotter and Associates Inc*
  • Wesley Sylla, Vice Chair, Publishing, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC

Public Health Systems Affinity Group

  • Andrea M. Ferrari, Chair, HealthCare Appraisers Inc.*
  • Jennifer Hansen, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC
  • Rachel Hulkower, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, CDC  Public Health Law Program*
  • Patrick Garcia, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
  • Ellie Bane, Vice Chair, Publishing    
  • Vivian Gallo, Vice Chair, Publishing, Milam Howard Nicandri Gillam & Renner PA

Real Estate Affinity Group

  • Aileen Shinaman, Chair, University of Rochester
  • M. Katherine Garner, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Kutak Rock LLP
  • Kelly Anderson, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Baptist Health
  • Vikas Sunkari, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, SSM Health
  • Joel Swider, Vice Chair, Publishing, Hall Render Killian Health & Luman PC
  • Goran Musinovic, Vice Chair, Publishing, Realty Trust Group LLC

In-House Counsel Practice Group

  • Aletheia Lawry, Chair, HonorHealth
  • Sarah E. Swank, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Nixon Peabody
  • Shawn Gilman, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Providence St Joseph Health
  • Brian A. White, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, The University of Kansas Office of the General Counsel
  • Elizabeth Trende, Vice Chair, Publishing, Ohio State University Medical Center*
  • Michael Gorfinkle, Vice Chair, Publishing, CVS Health

Labor and Employment Practice Group

  • Elissa J. Taub, Chair, Siskind Susser PC
  • Martine Wells, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP*
  • Dee Anna Hays, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Ogletree Deakins
  • David Lindsay, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, K & L Gates LLP
  • Thomas G. O'Day, Vice Chair, Publishing, Godfrey & Kahn SC
  • Kristin G. McGurn, Vice Chair, Publishing, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Life Sciences Practice Group

  • Jackie Olson, Chair, Apple
  • Leah G. Brownlee, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Squire Patton Boggs
  • TBD, Vice Chair, Educational Programming    
  • Amy Poe, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC*
  • Bevin Newman, Vice Chair, Publishing, Sheppard Mullin
  • Ben Daniels, Vice Chair, Publishing, PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy*

Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group

  • Lisa Marie Gora, Chair, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA*
  • Alexis L. Angell, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Polsinelli PC
  • Jeff Frost, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Sutter Health* 
  • Julia Cassady, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Kristen Chang, Vice Chair, Publishing, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
  • Robert Harrison, Vice Chair, Publishing, Stilling & Harrison*

Payers, Plans, and Managed Care Practice Group

  • Janice H. Ziegler, Chair, Dentons US LLP*
  • Jeff Joseph Wurzburg, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Norton Rose Fulbright*
  • Melissa Wong, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Annie Shieh, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Central Health Plan of California
  • Melissa Hulke, Vice Chair, Publishing, CVS Caremark
  • Ardith M. Bronson, Vice Chair, Publishing, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Health Plan Affinity Group

  • Jeremy Earl, Chair, McDermott Will & Emery LLP 
  • Jennifer McDowell, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Express Scripts
  • C. Ryan Morgan, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Polsinelli
  • Matthew Stephen Ehrlich, Vice Chair, Publishing, McLaren Health Care

Medicare Advantage and Part D Affinity Group

  • Melissa Borrelli, Chair, Mazars USA LLP
  • Lauren Haley, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Strategic Health Law
  • Kate McDonald, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, McDermott Will & Emery LLP*
  • Christopher Lim, Vice Chair, Publishing, Fresenius Medical Care

Physician Organizations Practice Group

  • Kathryn E. Hickner, Chair, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL 
  • Ethan E. Rii, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz PC
  • Chris Richard, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Gilpin Givhan PC
  • Mike VanBuren, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP*
  • Patrick "Pat" D. Souter, Vice Chair, Publishing, Gray Reed & McGraw PC
  • Adam Walters, Vice Chair, Publishing, Walters Law PC*

Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group

  • Daniel Z. Sternthal, Chair, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC*
  • Jordan Kearney, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC
  • Peggy Kozal, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP*
  • Gabriela Sanchez, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Lane Powell PC
  • Bill Hopkins, Vice Chair, Publishing, Shackelford Bowen McKinley & Norton LLP*
  • Ericka Fang, Vice Chair, Publishing, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP

Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment Practice Group

  • Judith A. Waltz, Chair, Foley & Lardner
  • Blake Adams, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • Ross Burris, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Polsinelli PC*
  • Monica A Wallace, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Emily W. G. Towey, Vice Chair, Publishing, Hancock Daniel Johnson & Nagle PC*
  • Jeanne L. Vance, Vice Chair, Publishing, Salem & Green PC

Accreditation, Certification, and Enrollment Affinity Group

  • Colin P. McCarthy, Chair, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Sarah Kocher, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, University of Rochester*
  • Hillary Isacson, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Sutter Health 
  • Trent Stechschulte, Vice Chair, Publishing, Equitas Health*

Delivery and Payment Reform Affinity Group

  • Christine Burke Worthen, Chair, Northern Light Health*
  • Orriel L. Richardson, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, US House of Representatives
  • Stephanie Gross, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC
  • Hope R. Levy-Biehl, Vice Chair, Publishing, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
  • Lynn Barrett, Vice Chair, Publishing, Barrett Law, PA*

Tax and Finance Practice Group

  • Justin Cook, Chair, Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Kendell Schnurpel, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Krieg DeVault
  • Brian Teaff, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Bracewell LLP*
  • Vallerie Propper, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, University Hospitals
  • Andy Kloeckner, Vice Chair, Publishing, Baird Holm LLP*
  • Colin McDermott, Vice Chiar, Publishing, VMG Health

Task Force Leaders

Behavioral Health Task Force

  • Purvi B. Maniar, Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright* 
  • Greg Moore, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Anna Whites, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Anna Whites Law Office LLC
  • Matthew Wolfe, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
  • Jennifer M. Lohse, Vice Chair, Publishing, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Kelly Epperson, Vice Chair, Publishing, Rosecrance Health Network

Enterprise Risk Management Task Force

  • Susan Goodman, Chair    
  • Justin Brown, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Faisal Khan, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Nixon Law Group 
  • Lisa Rivera, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Bass Berry & Sims PLC*
  • David Crapo, Vice Chair, Publishing, Gibbons PC
  • Karen Kole, Vice Chair, Publishing, ECG Management Consultants

Special Board, Council, and Committee Leaders 

Dispute Resolution Review Board

  • Katherine Benesch, Chair, Benesch & Associates LLC
  • Albert Appel, Member, Appel ADR
  • Melinda Jayson, Member, Melinda G Jayson PC
  • Maurice Heller, Member, Foster Garvey PC
  • Anthony DiLeo, Member, Anthony M. DiLeo PC

Dispute Resolution Service Council

  • Emily Wey, Chair, Wey West Legal LLC
  • Edwin Brooks, Member, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Russell Morgan, Member, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Rebekah Plowman, Member, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • Kathryn Sasser, Member, HCA Healthcare
  • Gary Qualls, Member, K & L Gates LLP
  • Kaz Kikkawa, Member, Cigna-HealthSpring

Fellows Coordinating Committee

  • Lisa Vandecaveye, Chair, Joint Commission
  • Louise Joy, Member, Joy & Young
  • Lois Cornell, Member, Massachusetts Medical Society*
  • Michael Schaff, Member, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA
  • Dinetia Newman, Member, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings*

Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law Editorial  Board

  • Susan Scheutzow, Editor-in-Chief, Southwest General Health Centr
  • Pamela Del Negro, Member, Trinity Health Of New England
  • Susan Kratz, Member, University of Minnesota
  • Wendi Rogaliner, Member, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Douglas Hammer, Member, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Lucy Hodder, Member, UNH School of Law/Institute for Health Policy and Practice
  • Laura Laemmle-Weidenfeld, Member, Jones Day
  • Travis Lloyd, Member, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Jordan Paradise, Member, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Michael Schaff, Member, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA
  • Paul Shaw, Member, Verrill Dana LLP
  • Jennifer Tyler, Member, Kindred at Home
  • Jessica Bailey-Wheaton, Member, Health Capital Consultants LLC*
  • Harvey Tettlebaum, Member, Husch Blackwell LLP*

Women's Leadership Council

  • Cori Turner, Chair, Husch Blackwell
  • Joan Dailey, Member, DHHS Office of the General Counsel
  • Julia Michael, Member, Providence St Joseph Health
  • Jennifer Nelson Carney, Member, Bricker & Ecker LLP*
  • Elisabeth Pimentel, Member, Wiggin and Dana LLP*
  • Sharon Bridges, Member, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
  • Dana Good, Member, Saint Luke's Health System
  • Shainoor Ladha-Karmali, Member, University of Central Florida
  • Ashley Thomas, Member, Morris, Manning & Martin
  • Stefanie Doebler, Member, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Rachel Park, Member, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Taylor Goodspeed, Member, Jones Day
  • Delphine O'Rourke, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, Duane Morris LLP
  • Heather Alleva, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Tamala Choma, Vice Chair, Publishing, L.A. Care Health Plan

Young Professionals Council

  • Mara Smith, Chair, Brighton Health Plan Solutions
  • Andrea Frey, Member, Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC*
  • Avery Schumacher, Member, Bricker & Eckler LLP*
  • Christopher Pinto, Member, Crowell & Moring LLP*
  • Monica Kim, Member, CHOC Children's Hospital
  • Andrew Hermandorfer, Member, Baker Donelson
  • Anushree Nakkana Sagi, Member, Greenway Health
  • Varsha Gadani, Member, Husch Blackwell
  • Haley White, Member, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Samantha  Gross, Member, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Brianna Powell, Member, Bass Berry & Sims PLC
  • Josh McCann, Student Representative, Univ of Tulsa
  • Kate Culver, Vice Chair, Educational Programming, PYA
  • Zachary Buxton, Vice Chair, Membership Engagement, Baird Holm LLP
  • Caleb Knight, Vice Chair, Publishing, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC

“We greatly appreciate all those who expressed interest in serving our Association and welcome our newest class of leaders,” comments Robert R. Niccolini, President of the American Health Law Association, and Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins in Washington, DC. “Excellence in health care requires excellence in health law and I am always amazed with the impressive level of knowledge, skill, and dedication of each applicant to the health law community, which makes the selection process a difficult one. These volunteers, and volunteers at every level, allow AHLA to educate and connect our members and the broader health law community.”
Newly elected individuals will assume office on July 1, 2020.


*Individual continuing previously appointed term.