Lisa Kaplowitz, MD, MSHA, Chair
Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz is Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), focusing on HIV/AIDS and hepatitis policy issues. She has worked at SAMHSA since October, 2015. Prior to this, she was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), from March, 2010 until October, 2015, responsible for directing and coordinating policy and strategic planning for the Office of the ASPR. Prior to joining DHHS, Dr. Kaplowitz was Director of the Health Department for the City of Alexandria, where she was responsible for all public health activities and was also involved in emergency preparedness in the National Capital Region. From 2002 – 2008, she was Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), responsible for the development and implementation of Virginia’s public health and medical response to all natural and man-made emergencies, Dr. Kaplowitz has also been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of the VCU HIV/AIDS Center. She obtained her M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and her Master’s of Science in Health Administration (M.S.H.A.) at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jane Woods, Vice Chair
Jane Woods opened her own consulting firm, Driftwoods Consulting, LCC, in January 2006, upon completing a four-year term as Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources with Governor Mark R. Warner. Woods also joined the College of Health and Human Services, Department for Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University in 2006. Woods has also served in the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia State Senate where she chaired the Senate Committee on Education and Health. Her work in the legislature also included as serving as vice chair of the Joint Commission on Health Care, as well as on numerous commissions and joint committees. Before serving in the legislature, Woods taught in the public schools for almost 20 year. Her extensive community service includes serving as board member and vice chair of the Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board and, formerly, as board member of the Virginia Health Quality Center.
Jeff Schragg, Treasurer
Partner at the McLean office of BDO. Mr. Schragg is both a Certified Public Accountant and an Attorney. He has worked as a tax advisor the past 30 years for public accounting firms. Mr. Schragg provides proactive tax advice to high net worth individuals, large private and public companies, public charities, trade associations, and private foundations. He has conducted and lead several tax courses for local universities, the DC Bar, AICPA, and GWSCPA. He currently teaches “Finance for Board Members” for the DC Board Leadership Program. Mr. Schragg received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Albion College. He is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law. He is a member of the AICPA, GWSCPA, American Bar Association, and the Michigan Bar Association.
Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH
Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D. M.P.H is the Director of Health for Fairfax County. In this capacity she provides overall leadership, management and direction for public health programs in the county and serves as the official health advisor to Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors, Health Care Advisory Board and the Human Services Council. She has led a number of local and regional public health initiatives in the areas of emergency preparedness, health promotion, and health equity. Throughout her public health career, she has promoted community health and resiliency through partnerships and has a long-term record of successfully leveraging community assets to create innovative, practical and sustainable community-based approaches to complex public health challenges. She received her Doctor of Medicine and Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University and completed her residency training in preventive medicine from the Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Ilka Chavez, MPA
Ilka Chavez, MPA, is Acting Deputy Regional Health Administrator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region III, a position she assumed in the past couple months. She has three decades of varied experience in the health industry ranging from hospital, local, non-profit, city and federal government, including various roles in the Department of Health and Human Services, New York City Health and Hospital Corporation,Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Brooklyn Hospital. Ms Chavez also led the development and completion of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Electronic Transaction and Code Sets and Privacy regulations and the Implementation of the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Act. In 2015, she received the Secretary of Health and Human Services 2015 Award for Meritorious Service in Management and Quality Improvement. She has also served as an elected member of the Manassas City School Board. She is the President and Founder of Corporate GOLD LLC, a Leadership and Organizational Development consulting business.
Marsha Lillie-Blanton, MHS, DrPH
Marsha Lillie-Blanton, MHS, DrPH, is a public health professional with a diverse set of work experiences in government, philanthropy and academia. She is a senior policy advisor with the CMS Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) where she supports federal and state quality measurement and improvement efforts. From 2010-2015, she served as CMCS’ Chief Quality Officer and Director of the Division of Quality and Health Outcomes. Prior to her position with the federal government, she worked as a vice-president with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation where she supported the efforts of state officials, health provider organizations and communities in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in health care access and quality. In prior positions, Ms. Lillie-Blanton has had the opportunity to shape health programs and policies at the local level. She has also held faculty positions in the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and reports on health care access and disparities in care.
Judy Feder, Ph.D.
Judy Feder is a professor of public policy at Georgetown University and, from 1999 to 2008, served as dean of what is now that university’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She is also an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. Dr. Feder is a nationally-recognized leader in health policy and a widely-published scholar. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a former chair and board member of AcademyHealth. Dr. Feder is a political scientist, with a B.A. from Brandeis University, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Jeanne F. Franklin, Esq.
A health care attorney who focuses on mediation and conflict management in health care systems and practice settings through Franklin Solutions and the American Health Lawyers Association Dispute Resolution Service, and who has published on related subjects. She is a member of the health law sections of the Virginia Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and she was 2014 chair of the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association. A Past President of the Virginia Bar Association, in 2014, Ms. Franklin was awarded the William Spong Jr. Professionalism Award for achievements and leadership in bar and the community. Her grantmaking experience includes serving as a member of the Virginia Law Foundation Board and the Alexandria Bar Association’s Beat the Odds Committee.
David G. Speck, Ed.D.
David G. Speck, Ed.D. recently retired as Managing Director-Investments of the Speck-Caudron Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. In 2016, he was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for which he also served from 2003-2010. He was previously a member of the Alexandria City Council and the Virginia House of Delegates. He currently serves as a director of ACT for Alexandria (the Alexandria Community Foundation), and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. He attended the University of Virginia and The George Washington University, the latter from which he received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and was a member of the faculty and administration.