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Lora became President and CEO of MAHP in February 2010. She has served on the staffs of two Governors, most recently as Chief Advisor for Government Affairs for Governor Deval Patrick, and on the legislative staff of former Governor Michael Dukakis. Prior to joining Governor Patrick’s staff, Lora served as Vice President for Government Affairs & Community Relations at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. While at Harvard Pilgrim, Lora oversaw government relations activities at the federal level and in the three New England states where the health plan operates. She also oversaw the company’s corporate charitable giving. Lora has also worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and on the staff of United States Senator John Kerry.
Lora is the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC), a multi-partisan organization dedicated to promoting women to elected and appointed office. She continues to serve on the MWPC board and chairs the Caucus’ Political Action Committee. Lora also serves as a Big Sister in the Big Sister of Massachusetts program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Health Council.
Lora is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an organization made up of women leaders in Massachusetts and throughout the world. In 2011, Boston Magazine named Lora one of the 50 most powerful women in Boston. Lora holds a Bachelors degree from Wheaton College and a JD from the New England School of Law.
Eric joined MAHP in 2002 and current serves as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Operations, overseeing media relations and communications, legislative and regulatory issues affecting commercial carriers, and business planning and operational activities within the organization. He has more than 15 years of public affairs and media relations experience. Prior to joining MAHP in 2002, he was an account supervisor in the public relations division of Arnold Worldwide handling providing crisis communications and strategic counsel for a variety of regional and national clients. Before joining Arnold Worldwide, Eric worked in the public affairs department of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, handling media relations for the health plan. He serves on the board of directors of the MA eHealth Collaborative and Massachusetts Health Data Consortium and has served on a number of state commissions, most recently the Special Commission on Provider Price Reform. He holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School. Eric also received his Masters degree from Suffolk University and earned his Bachelors degree from Boston College.
Sarah joined MAHP in 2006, shortly following passage of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006. As a Public Policy Analyst, she was promoted to Director of Government Programs in 2008 and then to Vice President of Legal Affairs in 2009. Sarah brought with her two years of litigation experience in criminal, financial, and insurance litigation. Since joining MAHP Sarah has been intimately involved in implementation of Chapter 58 , working with issues related to commercial, Medicaid and Connector programs. Sarah is responsible for coordinating MAHP’s public policy agenda, including all issues related to Medicaid and MassHealth and MAHP’s payment reform and cost control policies. Sarah is MAHP’s representative to the Advisory Committee to the Health Care Quality and Cost Council, where she has served as both Vice Chair and Chair for the Committee. Sarah also serves as MAHP’s general counsel and advises MAHP on compliance with state Ethics laws and regulations. Sarah currently serves on the MWPC PAC Board, and also serves as the co-chair for the MassGap Health and Human Services and Elder Affairs Task Force. Sarah received a BA, Honors, in Environmental Policy from the University of Kansas and holds a JD from Vermont Law School.
As Government Relations Manager, Jason directs legislative activities and advances the industry’s legislative priorities at the State House. Joining MAHP in May 2010, he also works on promoting grassroots campaign efforts among MAHP member plans and employers. Jason previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to former Speaker Sal DiMasi and prior to that served as his Director of Constituent Services. Jason is attending Suffolk University for Public Policy, and currently serves as the chairman of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee in Boston.
Liz joined MAHP in May 2011 as a Public Policy Analyst and was promoted to Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Manager in 2013. Liz comes to us from the Office of State Representative David Torrisi, where she served as his Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for more than 10 years. In that capacity, she was responsible for legislative and policy development, as well as committee research and constituent services. Liz received her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law and her Masters Degree in Public Affairs from UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies. She received a Bachelors in Political Science at Boston University.
Suzanne started at MAHP in November 2009 and officially became part of the MAHP team in February 2010. Upon arrival, Suzanne redesigned the MAHP website and logo. She now handles web content, manages MAHP's Affiliate Member program, various marketing and communications projects, organizes MAHP's Annual Conference and corporate events, handles office operations and assists the CEO. Suzanne has many years of marketing and entrepreneurial experience across the health care, high-tech/internet, financial and retail industries. She received her Bachelors degree in Business Administration Marketing from the University of Vermont.
Brian joined MAHP in 2002. He has 30 years experience in health care law and legislation, first with Travelers and then with UnitedHealthCare, where he was responsible for state legislative activity in all 50 states. Brian received his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his Bachelors degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
Ann has been a freelance Communications Specialist with MAHP since November of 2010. She received her Bachelors degree in Government with a focus in Communications from Suffolk University. Most recently, Ann worked as a writer and intranet editor for a medical device company, and has many years of experience in government and media relations.