Board of Directors

Robert
Berenson
Institute Fellow

Robert Berenson, is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington DC. He is an expert in health care policy, particularly Medicare, with experience practicing medicine, serving in senior positions in two Administrations, and helping organize and manage a successful preferred provider organization. His primary research and policy interests currently are in the areas of payment and delivery system reform, market concentration, and performance measurement.

 

Dr. Berenson in October, 2018 completed a 3-year term on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.  In 2012, he completed service on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, including two years as Vice-Chair. From 1998-2000, he was in charge of Medicare payment policy and private health plan contracting in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Previously, he served on the Carter White House Domestic Policy Staff.  Dr. Berenson is a board-certified internist who practiced for twenty years, the last twelve in a Washington, D.C. group practice, and while practicing helped organize and manage a successful PPO serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

 

He was co-author, with Walter Zelman, of The Managed Care Blues & How to Cure Them, and, with Rick Mayes, Medicare Prospective Payment and the Shaping of U.S. Health Care. He publishes frequently in journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. Dr. Berenson received his B.S. from Brandeis University and his M.D. degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is on the adjunct faculty of the George Washington University School of Public Health.

 

Don
Blanchon
Board Chairman
Don Blanchon began his tenure as executive director of Whitman-Walker on May 1, 2006. Before that, he spent nine years READ MORE
Alicia
Wilson
Board Vice Chairman
Alicia Wilson received her BA in Religion and Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College and began working in the social services field READ MORE
Zeynep
Orhan, CPA
Board Treasurer
Zeynep Orhan, CPA is a senior manager at Hertzbach & Company, P.A. Zeynep’s experience is in assurance services and outsourced READ MORE
Dr. Rhonique
Shields-Harris, MD
Board Secretary
Rhonique Shields-Harris is a board certified pediatrician who previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical READ MORE
George
Jones
Immediate Past Board Chairman
George A. Jones became Chief Executive Officer of Bread for the City (BFTC) on January 2, 1996. BFTC’s mission is READ MORE
Julie
Chapman
Julie's two passions — growing technology organizations and making the world a better place. She began her career working with READ MORE
Maria S.
Gomez, RN, MPH
Maria S. Gomez is the founder of Mary’s Center, a community health organization providing health care, education and social services READ MORE
Flora Terrell
Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Flora Terrell Hamilton, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, Executive Director, is a founder of Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. (FMCS), incorporated READ MORE
Vincent A.
Keane
Vincent A. Keane is currently President/CEO of Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity), Washington, D.C.  Unity, a Federally Qualified Health Center READ MORE
Ed
Lazere
Ed has led the work of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute since its inception in 2001. Under his leadership, DCFPI READ MORE
Kelly
Sweeney McShane
Kelly Sweeney McShane is a well-respected and innovative nonprofit leader in Washington, DC. For over 20 years, she has worked tirelessly READ MORE
Marsha
Lillie-Blanton, DrPH
Associate Research Professor
Marsha Lillie-Blanton is a public health professional with more than 30 years of experience working on health and health care READ MORE
Robert
Berenson
Institute Fellow
Robert Berenson, is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington DC. He is an expert in health care READ MORE