December, 2017 Newsletter

General Assembly Session Opens January 10

Public Policy Partners will keep you updated on important news during the State's annual legislative session. Visit the General Assembly website to look for your legislators, bill synopses, hearing schedules, and more.

Health Department Leadership Changes

There have been a number of changes in leadership at the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) once again. Governor Hogan named former Anne Arundel County Executive and former State Senator Robert R. Neall Secretary last month. Dennis Schrader will continue as both Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary of Health Care Financing. And returning to his position of Deputy Secretary of Public Health is Dr. Howard Haft who had been temporarily heading up the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

People on the Move

Paul D. Corderman has been appointed to the Maryland General Assembly to represent Washington County’s District 2B, taking the seat of Brett Wilson who was recently appointed to the Circuit Court Bench. Mr. Corderman is currently serving in his first term as a councilman for the City of Hagerstown.

Nancy Egan has a new position as Counsel, State Government Relations at Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. Ms. Egan is formerly Director of Governmental Affairs at the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Victoria Gruber has been named Executive Director of the Department of Legislative Services, replacing Warren Deschenaux who retired after more than 20 years at the agency. Ms. Gruber had been Senate President Mike Miller’s Chief of Staff for the last 11 years.

Robin Murphy is the new Executive Director of Disability Rights Maryland. Ms. Murphy has a long history of advocacy to protect and promote the legal rights of people who are traditionally under-served, most recently with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

Patrick Murray has taken the post of Chief of Staff for Senate President Miller. Mr. Murray has served in the offices of both President Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch at various times during the last dozen years.

Kathy Ruben has been named Executive Director of Consumer Health First. Ms. Ruben was most recently a Program Manager for the Maryland Health Care Commission’s Division of Acute Care Policy and Planning.

Joy A. Strand is the new Executive Director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Ms. Strand was most recently the CEO of McCready Health in Crisfield.


Sally Dworak-Fisher, staff attorney at the Public Justice Center, was awarded the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation for her tireless work and vast expertise of workplace justice.

Ferrier Stillman, Partner at Tydings & Rosenberg, has been elected to the Board of Directors at the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

Health Care for the Homeless welcomes ten new members to its Board of Directors, including Shannon McMahon, Executive Director of Medicaid Policy at Kaiser Permanente; Diana Morris, Director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore; and Christopher Thomaskutty, Senior Vice President for Clinical Programs and Chief of Staff for Mercy Health Services.



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