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.
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. Ms. Abruzzese 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, Ms. Abruzzese 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, Ms. Abruzzese 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.
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.
Tiffany Alunan brings a strong background in policy research including the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid as well as an analytical skillset with a focus on hospital payment systems to her work with FCG. Prior to 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. While attending graduate school, Tiffany 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 also worked for the Health Policy Commission developing strategies for publicly comparing accountable care organization (ACO) performance. Tiffany holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management 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.
Olivia Burke brings a rich background in quantitative and qualitative research methods to her work with FCG, contributing an analytic perspective to state health policy. Ms. Burke has supported a variety of initiatives for FCG, including program design and alternative payment methodology development for a Medicaid ACO program, assessment and refinement of the payment model for a Medicaid dual eligible population, assessment of Certificate of Need applications for a state Department of Health, and research and modeling to understand the impact of federal actions on state specific health insurance markets. Ms. Burke 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, Ms. Burke 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. Ms. Burke holds a BA in Sustainable Development and Anthropology from Columbia College.
Carson Colmore has over 20 years of experience in teaching, training and functional design. Ms. Colmore’s expertise in functional design, adult learning theory, curriculum development, instructional design, and eLearning is enhanced by her valuable experience with Rhode Island public health services programs, specifically in identifying and resolving complex issues, providing policy, system understanding and process support. Ms. Colmore spent her first six years at FCG dedicated to special projects at HealthSource RI where her responsibilities included review and approval of functional design documents, oversight of training development and content across all channels, continuous review and refinement of all system documentation, and system release related resource planning. Ms. Colmore has also designed and developed operational models and business process improvements to support programs targeting long-term care eligible populations. Prior to FCG, Ms. Colmore was an Instructional Designer at Schneider Electric, where she developed course objectives, revised course content, and created guides to accompany classroom training. Earlier in her career, Ms. Colmore was a Co-op and Employment Specialist at Johnson & Wales University, an adult education teacher and a high school English teacher. She has a B.A. in English from Drew University, Teaching Certification from College of Saint Elizabeth and MBA in Organizational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.
Lani Cooper has over 25 years of experience working with healthcare organizations to drive operational efficiency and improve the customer experience. Recent projects for FCG include developing Medicaid managed care program oversight and monitoring processes to ensure adherence to program requirements and developing operational capacity and business process improvements to support programs targeting long-term care eligible populations. In addition, Ms. Cooper spent five years as a consultant to HealthSource RI where she led the design and implementation of the enrollment and eligibility functions and implemented and oversaw the day-to-day management of the Tier 2 issue resolution team. Previously, Ms. Cooper was in charge of business development and marketing at the VNA of Care New England. Prior to that, she managed the insurance processing operations of Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Ms. Cooper has held product and process management 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.
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, she 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.
Tricia Leddy has over 35 years of experience in healthcare policy and state government healthcare program development and implementation. Ms. Leddy has been with FCG for the last four 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, Ms. Leddy 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. Ms. Leddy 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. Ms. Leddy 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. Ms. Leddy 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.
Alaina Phillippi brings a strong background in project management coupled with extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry, including public health program planning, strategic planning, grant writing and health policy development to her work at FCG. Prior to FCG, Alaina worked for the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) first as a compliance officer and then as an Assistant Health Program Administrator. In that role Alaina was the lead developer of RI’s first Adolescent Health Strategic Plan, co-creator of RIDOH’s Youth Health Ambassador Program, administrator of day-to-day operations and fiscal manager of a state health program. Alaina is an Air Force veteran, serving four years as an Operations Intelligence Analyst. Alaina holds both a BA in Health & Human Services and a MS in Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Grant Porter’s expertise includes five years of academic work in quantitative analytics and healthcare policy research as well as over five years of professional healthcare-related experience in policy development, strategic planning, forecasting, reporting, and budget oversight. Mr. Porter brings a unique complement of technical proficiency with Oracle databases, including advanced SQL and P/L SQL, coupled with substantive health policy expertise. Mr. Porter has provided direct support to the Rhode Island Office of Health & Human Services and Office of Management and Budget since 2014. In this capacity, Mr. Porter 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 model refinements to enable and support state budgetary targets. Mr. Porter holds a PhD in political science and quantitative methods. His research examined the political history of Medicaid and how states leveraged federal financial participation to support state policy agendas.
Angela Sherwin has recently joined FCG as a Senior Health Policy Consultant bringing her deep experience and expertise in designing, building, implementing, and evaluating health policy and population health programs. Most recently, Angela served as President of Steward Health Care Network’s Population Health Managed Services Organization. She oversaw the division of the company that delivers population health services to Steward’s accountable care programs and its health plan, which included 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 directed 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 Executive 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.
Emily Tunkel brings a well-rounded background in mathematics and analytical work to FCG. Previously, Mx. Tunkel focused their work on the physical sciences, including a quantitative research internship at the Mount Washington Observatory in the White Mountains, NH. Mx. Tunkel uses their proficiency in data analysis and research to aid FCG in the business model development, literature review, and quantitative investigation. Mx. Tunkel holds a BA in Astronomy from Brown University with a double major in Mathematics.