Strategy Team

Deb Faulknershe/her

Position: President

Deborah Faulkner has been an active advisor and participant in Rhode Island health policy and program design for over 15 years. She has consulted with a variety of local and regional health insurers and governmental agencies, working on topics such as ACA implementation, Medicaid program design, and health plan/provider regulation. Ms. Faulkner’s ACA expertise stems from her work at Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange, HealthSource RI, where she acted as Project Director during the initial program design period, ultimately building an operational team to staff core functions as the organization has matured. At Medicaid, Ms. Faulkner has supported a variety of key initiatives, including the negotiations with CMS for the Rhode Island Global Medicaid Waiver and more recently the design and implementation of a Medicaid accountable care program. Ms. Faulkner’s regulatory experience includes providing expert assessment of Certificate of Need Applications for a state Department of Health, and the development of health insurance affordability standards for the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. Earlier in her career, Ms. Faulkner was the Assistant Vice President of Strategy and Business Planning for Tufts Health Plan in Massachusetts. Prior to that, Ms. Faulkner was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting in Washington, D.C. Ms. Faulkner holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.

President

Deb Faulknershe/her

Deborah Faulkner has been an active advisor and participant in...

Merel Abruzzeseshe/her

Position: Chief Financial Officer

Merel Abruzzese has over 20 years of experience in financial and data analysis in healthcare and other industries. She has been supporting FCG with complex financial, policy and business analysis over the last fifteen years on projects for HealthSource RI, the Division of Medicaid, the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, and other public and private clients. Merel uses detailed financial models to support and frame complex policy options such as supporting federal negotiations for a global Medicaid waiver, analyzing trends in the individual and small group health insurance markets, and evaluating state budget initiatives. Additionally, Merel serves as the Engagement Manager for FCG’s team at HSRI where she provides critical organizational, analytic and operational support to HSRI leadership, including monthly budgeting and forecasting, deliberative team assignment, and ongoing performance evaluation processes. Prior to FCG, Merel worked for Mercer Management Consulting, where she performed complex data analysis and financial modeling for projects for Fortune 500 companies in the energy, consumer products, and telecommunications industries. She has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and BA in Applied Math from Harvard College.

Chief Financial Officer

Merel Abruzzeseshe/her

Merel Abruzzese has over 20 years of experience in financial...

Robin Alssidshe/her

Position: Director of Finance & Administration

Robin Alssid has been part of the FCG team since 2013 and is responsible for all finance, accounting, company benefits and IT infrastructure. Previously, Ms. Alssid was Director of Finance and Administration for Workforce Strategy Center, a national consulting think tank that worked to make education and training more responsive to the economy. Ms. Alssid spent several years on Wall Street where she traded precious metals options and bullion. She holds a BA in Economics from Queens College.

Director of Finance & Administration

Robin Alssidshe/her

Robin Alssid oversees FCG’s finance, accounting, and human...

Tiffany Alunanshe/her

Position: Associate

Tiffany Alunan brings a myriad of diverse experience from her background in health policy research, hospital payment systems, and state certification programs for accountable care organizations. At FCG, Tiffany currently supports the design and implementation of a Medicaid maternity bundle model. As part of this work, she assists in planning and facilitating stakeholder meetings to inform the payment model design, and she developed a health equity tool, drawing on best practice research, to center equity as a driving force in alternative payment models. Other recent projects include the implementation of a new rating structure for Medicaid Assisted Living providers and the development of recommendations around Functional Assessment Reform for Home- and Community-Based Services. Prior to joining FCG, Tiffany worked as Senior Associate Consultant for Triage Consulting Group, where she was responsible for auditing and analyzing large amounts of hospital claims data to identify billing and coding inefficiencies, recover lost revenue, and recommend process improvements in hospital revenue cycles. She also participated in health policy research projects on a Los Angeles County Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible pilot program as well as primary care reform in Massachusetts. As a graduate student, Tiffany worked as a Summer Fellow for the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, developing strategies to publicly compare accountable care organization (ACO) performance. She also worked with the Commonwealth Care Alliance, a community-based healthcare organization, designing an evidence-based health intervention focused on disease prevention and health promotion. Tiffany holds an MPH in Health Policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Human Biology and Society with a concentration in Bioethics and Science Public Policy from University of California, Los Angeles.

Associate

Tiffany Alunanshe/her

Tiffany Alunan brings a myriad of diverse experience...

Amy Blackshe/her

Position: Director

Amy Black, PhD, is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of experience in healthcare consulting, public health program management, evaluation, and data analytics. She currently serves as a Director at Faulkner Consulting Group, where she leads the firm’s engagement with Health Source RI, managing client relations, contracts, and staff allocation for strategy, data, and analytics projects.

Dr. Black has a strong background in applying an equity lens to processes, policies, customer experiences, and stakeholder engagement. She co-leads Faulkner Consulting Group’s Equity Action Committee, driving equity initiatives and strategies across the organization. Her expertise includes HIV/AIDS care and treatment, sexual and reproductive health, behavioral health workforce development, and health system transformation.

Prior to joining Faulkner Consulting Group, Dr. Black was a Senior Consultant at John Snow, Inc., serving as Project Director for statewide public health initiatives in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. She has held leadership roles at the Economic Progress Institute, HealthRIght RI, and the Maine Center for Public Health. She earned her Doctorate in Behavioral Science from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Director

Amy Blackshe/her

Amy Black, PhD, is an accomplished leader with over ...

Jessica Brownshe/her

Position: Manager

Jessica brings a strong background in quantitative and qualitative analytics, financial modeling, and operational efficiency to FCG. Since joining FCG, she has worked with multiple clients to develop and evaluate new programs considering financial, policy, and community impacts. Jessica is currently supporting the design of a value-based primary care program and estimating resulting Medicaid savings using a model focused on chronic condition management. Other recent projects include the development of autoenrollment programs for a state health exchange to encourage continued coverage following Medicaid unwinding; a reliability assessment of a state all payer claims database (APDC) to identify opportunities for improvement to support end-users; and an evaluation of Rhode Island’s current and future need for a state-run Long Term Acute Care Hospital. Jessica also supported RI EOHHS in its transition to managed long term services and supports and integrated managed care for dually eligible beneficiaries.

Prior to FCG, Jessica worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), supporting the financial management and operations of a $20M portfolio of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. At CHAI, she also helped lead global health financing initiatives, supporting technical assistance programs for ministries of health and finance. Jessica holds an MBA with a focus in social impact and MS in Global Health Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She also holds a dual BS in Finance and Economics from the University of Rhode Island.

Manager

Jessica Brownshe/her

Jessica brings a strong background in quantitative and ...

Olivia Burkeshe/her

Position: Managing Director

Olivia Burke brings an analytic perspective to the design, implementation, and assessment of state health policy initiatives. Olivia’s work with FCG has focused primarily on the design and implementation of alternative payment models for state Medicaid programs that advance population health and health equity goals. Olivia has experience designing Medicaid payment models across settings and populations, having worked on models for primary care, behavioral health, and long-term care providers and populations. Olivia brings expertise in data analysis and financial modeling to the design of payment models and programs, and to the implementation of these initiatives through state and federal budget and authority pathways. In addition to her work with state Medicaid programs, Olivia has led Certificate of Need assessments and conducted research and modeling for State-based Exchanges seeking to understand the impact of federal actions and COVID-19 related effects on individual and small group health insurance markets. Olivia previously served as part of HealthSource RI’s implementation team, where she played a key role in the design and development of the analytic tools to support operations and financial controls. Prior to FCG, Olivia worked as a research assistant at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and The Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, providing research and analytic support to various projects at the intersection of public health, environmental sciences and cultural studies. Olivia holds a BA in Sustainable Development and Anthropology from Columbia College.

Managing Director

Olivia Burkeshe/her

Olivia Burke brings an analytic perspective...

Carson Colmoreshe/her

Position: Managing Director

Carson has worked in the healthcare industry within Rhode Island for nearly a decade with a focus on operations and technology. She is focused on the importance of utilizing data as a tool with her clients to identify where there are current gaps or weaknesses, building solutions and business processes that address those areas, and analyzing the impacts of the updates post implementation. She has extensive experience bringing together interagency teams to collaborate where shared programs intersect, ensuring that all parties have a voice in the conversation, and producing recommendations that can accommodate all policy and operational needs of the group. Some of her recent projects include the analysis of existing Community Partner program implementation of a MassHealth ACO which was used to identify recommendations for strategies that could be implemented to improve the program as it grows. Additionally, Carson has led projects for Long Term Services and Supports which involved business process review and redesign through identification of gaps in current processes, best practices research, and documentation for communicating changes to those impacted by the changes. Her prior experience includes over six years as a consultant with HealthSource RI (HSRI) where she was responsible for the exchange’s functional design, focused on operational preparedness for system changes. In this role, Carson provided subject matter expertise to the HSRI team regarding systems and operations. She was also responsible for oversight of the training curriculum across all channels. Carson holds an MBA in Organizational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University and a BA in English and Education from Drew University.

Managing Director

Carson Colmoreshe/her

Carson has worked in the healthcare industry within RI...

Lani Coopershe/her

Position: Managing Director

Lani Cooper has over 25 years of experience in health care operations, including over 8 years at FCG working on both the Operations and Strategy teams.  Her expertise includes working at the state and provider levels in the areas of operational program design and implementation, program assessment, process documentation and business process improvement.

Her work at FCG has included working with Rhode Island’s health insurance marketplace where she collaborated across state agencies and partners to ensure the successful design and implementation of customer facing business processes, systems, and workflows. She later spearheaded the design and implementation of the state’s Customer Resolution Team.

Since joining the Strategy team in 2018, Lani has worked with multiple FCG clients to assess current programs, operationalize new policy initiatives, and design business process improvements. Most recently she worked on the implementation of Rhode Island’s new tiered rate structure for Assisted Living Residence Payments and supported the operational planning for RI’s Long-Term Services and Supports rebalancing initiatives.

Prior to joining FCG, Lani was responsible for new program development at the VNA of Care New England and managed the insurance processing operations of Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Lani has held management and operational positions at several other academic medical centers including Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC, and Children’s Hospital in Boston. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from Hamilton College.

Managing Director

Lani Coopershe/her

Lani Cooper has over 25 years of experience in health...

Ryan Driscollthey/them

Position: Associate

Ryan Driscoll has a strong background in health policy research with a focus on access to care and population health, as well as experience working with state health policy and programs. Prior to FCG, Ryan worked as a health policy analyst in Vanderbilt University’s Department of Health Policy. In this role, they supported research on safety-net hospital financing and co-authored multiple publications on the impacts of policy on access to care measures, especially with regard to LGBTQ health disparities. Ryan has also supported several state-level health policy initiatives and programs, including working with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to transition to a state-based marketplace. Ryan also worked with the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Public Health to improve access to expedited partner therapy for LGBTQ populations in the state. Ryan holds an MPH in Health Policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Government and Biology from Claremont McKenna College.

Associate

Ryan Driscollthey/them

Ryan Driscoll has a strong background in health policy...

Jessie Holeshe/her

Position: Director

Jessie Hole has been a project leader and manager in healthcare operations for over 10 years, working with clients to develop, implement and improve health and human services and programs. Since joining FCG in 2021, Jessie’s work has focused on both building FCG’s project management expertise and toolkits across all clients and providing direct project management support for HealthSource RI for key initiatives, including oversight of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Medicaid unwinding, and QHP auto-enrollment.

Prior to Faulkner Consulting Group, Jessie was a Senior Consultant at Freedman HealthCare where she supported many departments under the Rhode Executive Office of Health and Human Services. As part of this work, Jessie was operational lead for the development and implementation of EOHHS’ Data Ecosystem, an integrated administrative and claims data system aimed to improve agency performance and operational analytics, quality improvement, and data-informed decision making for the State. Over the years, Jessie also led several technical assessments, strategic planning projects, and large-scale qualitative analytic projects for Rhode Island as well as other states and clients.

Earlier in her career, Jessie worked at Sachs Policy Group in New York City where she led financial and technical projects for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and supported client’s strategic planning for health care policy changes. Preceding this, Ms. Hole was a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national community development investment fund. Jessie holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Director

Jessie Holeshe/her

Jessie Hole has been a project leader...

Kristin Larsonshe/her

Position: Director

Kristin Larson brings a strong background in project management, state and federal grants management, public policy analysis, and regulatory compliance to her work with FCG. Prior to FCG, Kristin wrote and directed grants for K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations, with a particular focus developing new innovative programs to support mental health and wellness, social and emotional learning, and trauma-informed practices in education. Kristin was also a senior project manager and consultant for RETEC/RPM Systems Group and worked with companies in the energy, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical sectors to develop environmental, health, and safety management information systems and to assess and communicate the business value of sustainability initiatives. While attending graduate school, Kristin conducted policy research on the use of risk assessment in state regulatory reform initiatives for the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. She started her career as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate. Kristin has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.

Director

Kristin Larsonshe/her

Kristin Larson brings a strong background in...

Tricia Leddyshe/her

Position: Senior Consultant

Tricia Leddy has over 35 years of experience in healthcare policy and state government healthcare program development and implementation. Tricia has been with FCG for the last six years, providing assistance to states and health systems in the areas of DSRIP, 1115 and 1332 waivers; health policy options; and cost allocation and financing for Medicaid, state Marketplaces, Medicaid HI TECH projects and state-owned hospitals. Prior to FCG, she did similar work for the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) for 2 years. Before her consulting career, Tricia had an extensive career in state government. She served as Deputy Director of HealthSource RI and held several senior positions in policy and planning for Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). Projects she led at EOHHS included development of a statewide All Payer Claims Database, development of statewide health system performance measurement, the Medicare All Payer Medical Home Demonstration, and hospital mergers. Tricia served as the Director of RIte Care, RI’s nationally recognized Medicaid managed care program and one of the first 1115 waivers in the country, from its inception in 1994 to 2006. Tricia designed and directed RIteShare, a premium assistance program to help Medicaid eligible families get health insurance through their employers, and RIte Smiles, now a nationally-recognized managed dental care program, for Medicaid/RIte Care-enrolled children. Tricia held a position as a Teaching Associate in the Department of Community Health at the Brown School of Public Health where she helped develop a graduate fellowship partnership between Brown and the RI Medicaid program. Among many awards, Governing Magazine named her Public Official of the Year in 2004.

Senior Consultant

Tricia Leddyshe/her

Tricia Leddy has over 35 years of experience...

Ryan Nguyenhe/his

Position: Associate

Ryan Nguyen brings a strong background in policy research including Medicare post-acute care quality measurement and quality improvement to his work at FCG. Prior to FCG, Ryan worked as a Public Health Analyst at RTI International where he supported CMS projects, including the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program as well as an initiative to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents. While attending graduate school, Ryan worked with Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, a non-profit measurement and reporting organization, where he integrated a health equity lens into the organization’s clinical care guidelinesRyan holds an MPH in Health Policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BSPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Associate

Ryan Nguyenhe/his

Ryan Nguyen brings a strong background...

Grant Porterhe/him

Position: Director

Grant Porter’s expertise includes five years of academic work in quantitative analytics and healthcare policy research as well as over ten years of professional healthcare-related experience in policy development, strategic planning, forecasting, analytics and reporting, and budgeting/auditing oversight. For each task Grant provides his clients with a unique complement of technical proficiency with relational databases (including Oracle SQL, Microsoft SQL Server and P/L SQL), a demonstrated facility with applied analytics and financial modeling, and substantive health policy expertise.

Grant has provided direct support to the Rhode Island Office of Health & Human Services and Office of Management and Budget since 2014. In this capacity, Grant has been responsible for a variety of business critical projects, including financial oversight of managed care products, redesigning the state’s Medicaid caseload (utilization and enrollment) forecasting methodology, and developing innovative business models to enable and support state budgetary targets. He is a principal author for a report and model establishing a national standard for the development of the Underwriting Margins for Medicaid Managed Care. This project is sponsored by the Society of Actuaries and is set to be published in Summer 2022.

Grant holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Quantitative Methods from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale College. His research used game theory as a lens for interpreting the political history of Medicaid and how states leveraged federal financial participation to support state policy agendas.

Director

Grant Porterhe/him

Grant Porter’s expertise includes five years of academic work...

Maayan Rosenfieldshe/her

Position: Associate

Maayan Rosenfield brings a background in analytics, behavioral health and healthcare policy and a passion for improving healthcare for high-risk populations.

At FCG, Maayan has supported the development of a plan for CMS in Rhode Island to transition dual-eligibles from a Medicare-Medicaid Plan to an integrated dual-eligible special needs plan. She designed the stakeholder engagement plan to collaborate with community members on the upcoming changes. She also supported analysis of stakeholder engagement towards improving Medicaid primary care in Connecticut.

Prior to working at FCG she interned with EOHHS, where she supported stakeholder meetings and compiled data towards designing a new Child Behavioral Healthcare plan for the state. She holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the Brown University School of Public Health, where her thesis focused on the intersection of substance use, mental illness, and chronic pain.

Associate

Maayan Rosenfieldshe/her

Maayan Rosenfield brings a background in...

Angela Sherwinshe/her

Position: Managing Director

Angela Sherwin joined FCG as a Managing Director bringing her deep experience and expertise in designing, building, implementing, and evaluating health policy and population health programs. Angela previously served as President of Population Health for Steward Health Care Network, where she led the division that delivers population health services to Steward’s accountable care programs and its Medicaid Managed Care plan. She oversaw clinical and performance operations, quality, data/analytics, information technology, and member/provider services. Prior to this role, Angela designed and implemented Steward’s first Medicaid Accountable Care program in Massachusetts which successfully saved nearly 3% in total medical expense in its first year, and she scaled nationwide ACO operations as Steward grew from a Massachusetts health care system to become the largest private, physician-led health care network in the United States.

Prior to her tenure at Steward, Angela was Assistant Director of HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s health insurance marketplace, where she was responsible for designing and developing operations, fostering relationships with federal and state agencies, and engaging target audiences in public dialogue about health reform. Leading up to HealthSource RI’s establishment, she led Exchange planning and implementation efforts on behalf of the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, receiving nearly $90 million in federal funds to support HealthSource RI’s start-up. Angela also served as the Program Director for Brown University’s Master of Healthcare Leadership program, a 16-month degree program that prepares executives, clinicians, and senior leaders to transform healthcare.

Angela was named to Providence Business News’ “Forty Under 40” professionals in 2014. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Ethics and Master of Public Health, both from Brown University, and a certificate in Climate Change and Health from Yale School of Public Health.

Managing Director

Angela Sherwinshe/her

Angela Sherwin joined FCG as a Managing Director...

Min Tunkelthey/them

Position: Associate

Min Tunkel brings a well-rounded background in mathematics and analytical work to FCG. Min uses their proficiency in data analysis and research to aid FCG in the business model development, literature review, and quantitative investigation. Their past projects include a data-driven review of the behavioral health system in Rhode Island as well as development of a dashboard to track progress around the Healthy Communities Transformation Initiative (HCTI). Previously, Min focused their work on the physical sciences, including a quantitative research internship at the Mount Washington Observatory in the White Mountains, NH. Min holds a BA in Astronomy from Brown University with a double major in Mathematics and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Associate

Min Tunkelthey/them

Min Tunkel brings a well-rounded background...


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