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Lora M. Pellegrini, Esq.
President and CEO
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 a 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. In addition, Lora is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Health Council and serves as a member of the Health Policy Commission’s Advisory Committee. Lora has been active for several years in the Big Sisters Organization and currently serves as a Big Sister in Boston. 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 Linzer, Esq.
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Operations
Eric has nearly 20 years of public affairs and media relations experience. He joined MAHP in 2002 as the Director of Public Affairs before being promoted to Vice President in 2005. In 2009, Eric was promoted to Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Operations, where he oversees media relations and communications, outreach efforts to business groups and brokers, legislative and regulatory issues affecting commercial carriers, administrative simplification efforts with the provider community, and business planning, financial management, and operational activities within the organization. Prior to joining MAHP, he was an account supervisor in the public relations division of Arnold Worldwide 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. Early in his career, Eric worked at a boutique PR agency on the National Institute of Mental Health’s campaign on the co-occurrence of depression with other major illnesses. He also served as the legislative aide and campaign manager for former State Representative Paul Demakis. Currently, Eric serves as MAHP’s representative on the board of directors of the MA eHealth Collaborative and the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium and has served on a number of state commissions, most recently the Special Commission on Provider Price Reform. In 2008, Eric received the Leader in Quality – Rx for Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Medical Law Report. He holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School. Eric also received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Suffolk University and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
Sarah Gordon Chiaramida, Esq.
Vice President of Legal Affairs
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.
Jason A. Aluia
Government Relations Manager
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.
Elizabeth (Fluet) Murphy, Esq.
Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Manager
Elizabeth (Fluet) Murphy joined the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans in May 2011 as a Public Policy Analyst and was promoted to Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Manager in 2013. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing issues affecting the health insurance industry before the Legislature, the Division of Insurance, and the Health Connector. Liz analyzes proposed and enacted legislation, regulations and sub-regulatory guidance in order to determine the impact on MAHP's 16 member health plans. Liz regularly represents the plans before state regulatory agencies and is responsible for facilitating the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She currently serves on the Governor’s Postpartum Depression Commission and is also an active member of the Public Policy Committee within the Boston Bar Association’s Health Law Section. Liz was previously employed as Chief of Staff for State Representative David Torrisi for more than ten years. She received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School and her Masters Degree in Public Affairs from UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. She received a Bachelors in Political Science at Boston University.
Brian M. Quigley, Esq.
Brian joined MAHP in 2002. He has 40 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 joined MAHP in November of 2010 as a freelance Communications Specialist. She was promoted to the position of Policy Analyst in January 2014. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing issues affecting the health insurance industry in the Legislature, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) and Department of Public Health. Ann previously worked on the legislative staffs of former Governor Michael Dukakis and State Representative Warren E. Tolman. She also managed government and media relations for a small public agency and worked as a communications consultant for a major medical supply company. Ann received her Bachelors degree in Government with a focus in Communications from Suffolk University.
Courtney Cunningham, MPH
Courtney joined MAHP in May 2014 as a Research Analyst. She was previously employed as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. In this role she supported several projects at MGH, including Family Experiences in Early Life, Mass in Motion Kids, and Technology to Enhance Child Health. Courtney received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Brown University and her BA in Anthropology with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. She joined MGH after conducting a mixed methods project based in American Samoa where she explored physical activity and nutrition habits among adolescents. She has worked in the clinical setting as a patient navigator and has served on research teams in Boston and Washington, DC. She has experience providing qualitative and quantitative support on projects focusing on HIV, mental health, gender based violence, nutrition, chronic disease, and women's health. Courtney is committed to conducting evidence based research and disseminating knowledge that will contribute to positive health outcomes.
Elizabeth Leahy, Esq.
Liz joined MAHP in May 2014 as a Research Analyst. She comes to MAHP from private practice as a civil litigation attorney in the Merrimack Valley where she focused on plaintiff personal injury and consumer protection. She is an adjunct member of the Women and Gender Studies Department and the Pre-Law Minor at Merrimack College where she teaches courses in gender studies and the law. She has been a visiting lecturer at Tufts University's EX-College, where she taught her Sexual Orientation, Gender, and the Law course and has worked with a variety of public interest groups including the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Community Catalyst, and the Community Dispute Settlement Center. Liz is currently a member of the Legislative Task Force for the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She holds a JD from New England School of Law and a Bachelors from Merrimack College
Office Manager & Executive Assistant to Lora Pellegrini
Jessica comes to the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, where she was Office Manager/Internship Coordinator for three years. While at MWPC Jessica supported the Associate and Executive Directors in administrative services, event planning and membership management, while managing the internship program and maintaining the office. She also frequently interacted with elected officials, candidates for political office and campaign staff on behalf of the MWPC Political Action Committee. Jessica graduated from Westfield State College in 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Communications.