September, 2017 Newsletter


Public Policy Partners hopes everyone had a safe and happy summer. As we get back into the full swing of post-vacation and kids-back-to-school time, there are many updates to share.

We are happy to highlight one of our clients, the Maryland Dental Action Coalition. Mary Backley has been appointed Executive Director of the organization. Prior to joining the organization, Ms. Backley was Vice President for Finance and Administration at Grantmakers In Health. The organization is leading advocacy efforts to establish adult dental coverage in the state’s Medicaid program. Read about their work in the Baltimore Sun.

Many of you know that the Maryland Department of Legislative Services (DLS) is provides legal, fiscal, committee, research, reference, auditing, administrative, and technological support to the members of the legislature and its committees. Three of its long-time staffers are retiring: Warren Deschenaux, Executive Director; Carol Swan, Director of Legislation and Committee Support in the Office of Policy Analysis; and Linda Stahr, Counsel to the House Health and Government Operations Committee. PPP highly values relationships with the cadre of knowledgeable and skilled staffers at DLS. We will miss their expertise and wish them well.

People on the Move

Shannon McMahon has departed Maryland Medicaid to join Kaiser Permanente as the Executive Director for national Medicaid Policy. For the last two and a half years, Ms. McMahon guided the state’s ongoing management of the Medicaid expansion and numerous initiatives to provide new services to Medicaid enrollees.

Ellen Weber has taken the position of Vice President for Health Initiatives at the Legal Action Center. She was most recently with the University of Maryland Francis King School of Law running the Drug Policy Clinic.

Matthew Clark has returned to the Hogan Administration as the Governor’s Chief of Staff. He has replaced Sam Malhotra who will return to the private sector, while continuing to serve the Administration as a senior advisor to the governor on technology and innovation issues.

Ande Kolp has taken the position of Executive Director of The Arc Maryland. Ms. Kolp has over 25 years of experience in working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. She takes the helm upon the retirement of its long-time leader, Cristine Marchand.

Kathleen McNally Durkin has taken the position of Executive Director of The Arc Baltimore. Ms. McNally Durkin has been with the organization since 2001. She fills the position vacated by Steve Morgan, Executive Director since 1985, who has retired.

Carmela Coyle, President and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association will step down this fall to take the same position with the California Hospital Association. Ms. Coyle has been at the helm of the association since 2008.

Erin McMullen is now Principal Analyst at MACPAC, Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission. Ms. McMullen previously worked as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Health Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health as well as a legislative budget analyst with the Department of Legislative Services.

Erica J. Bailey has been appointed as the Maryland Insurance Administration’s new Associate Commissioner, Compliance and Enforcement. Ms. Bailey brings 15 years of experience to the Administration, including the last ten investigating healthcare fraud.

Senator Michael Hough (R-district 4) has been hired by West Virginia Representative, and former Maryland State Senator, Alex Mooney to be his Chief of Staff.

Dr. Peter Beilenson, the former Howard County Health Officer and Baltimore City Health Commissioner resigned from Evergreen Health. Dr. Beilenson was the founder of the organization.

Dr. Allan Anderson has been appointed the new Chairman of the Community Health Resources Commission. In addition, Dr. Erica I. Shelton from Baltimore City and Mr. Scott Gibson from Annapolis have been appointed as new Commissioners.


Congratulations to Nancy Rosen-Cohen, Executive Director of NCADD-Maryland for being recognized by Facing Addiction with their Community Service Award. Dr. Rosen-Cohen will be honored at a luncheon on October 4th featuring Tara Conner, a former Miss USA who has been in recovery for ten years.

Congratulations to the Maryland Association of Community Services for being recognized as a Daily Record Innovator of the Year. This award shines a light on individuals and organizations who have created new services or programs that have had a positive effect on their business, industry or the community. The winners are selected by a panel of business leaders.



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