Eric Berger, Advisory Board Member
Eric Berger is a Principal with Liberty Partners Group, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm specializing in the design and execution of healthcare-focused advocacy campaigns. Previously, Mr. Berger served as the CEO of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for DaVita, and Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy for US Oncology. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Berger served on the professional staff of the Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he developed Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, and other reform legislation. Before his service in Congress, Mr. Berger was Virginia’s Legislative and Policy Director for Health and Human Resources, where he helped develop Virginia’s landmark welfare reform legislation.
Mr. Berger’s education includes the Master of Arts program in Public Administration at the University of Virginia and the Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics at the University of Richmond, which he attended under a University Scholars academic scholarship.
Mr. Berger resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Ann, and their three children.
Billy Tauzin, Advisory Board Member
From the small rural Cajun community of Chackbay, Louisiana, Billy Tauzin began his long 34-year career in elective office with a resounding first primary victory, winning his first four-year term in the Louisiana State House of Representatives. There he was recognized as one of “Louisiana’s Ten Best Legislators”, quickly rising to the position of Chief House (Majority) Leader and Chairman of the important Natural Resources Committee, with jurisdiction over both Energy and Environment.
In 1980, Congressman Tauzin sought and won election to the U.S. Congress seat being vacated by newly elected Governor David Treen, and there began a 25 year career representing Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, comprising the Cajun Parishes located between New Orleans, Lafayette and Baton Rouge. There he held Chairmanships of the U.S. Coast Guard Committee (where he conducted the hearings on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and authored the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 legislation); the Panama Canal Committee (where he helped manage the mandated transfer of the canal to the people of Panama); the Telecommunications Committee (where he authored the law providing for Satellite Television Competition, co-authored the historic broadcast deregulation and the laws managing the transition from analog to digital television and cellular telephone and internet broadband service provisions); and eventually the Chairmanship of the powerful, the oldest and most jurisdictionally diverse Committee of Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee. There, Chairman Tauzin conducted the historic Enron hearings and others like it, the Ford Firestone hearings, which produced the first comprehensive reform of highway safety laws since the 1930’s, and floor managed the passage of the historic Medical Part D reform to Medicare, providing seniors with coverage for their vital medications.
Congressman Tauzin left his mark on natural gas, airline, trucking, and electricity deregulation, on the nation’s Clean Air Act, on Superfund, the historic Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996, on biomedical research, marine and natural resource acts, pipeline safety, finance and consumer protection laws. He was called, “knowledgeable and eloquent” by the Almanac of American Politics, and, “One of the House’s savviest members” by the National Journal magazine. Later, as PhRMA’s President and CEO, the Washingtonian magazine named him as one of the ten most powerful people in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Tauzin holds some extraordinary distinctions: the first and only U.S. Congressman in American history to hold leadership positions in both major political parties, serving fifteen years as a Conservative Democrat (without ever being challenged for re-election by a Republican), and then ten years as a Republican (never once challenged by a Democrat); the only member to ever change parties and receive no opposition from either party in that re-election campaign; the author of the only two major pieces of legislation to become law over a Presidential veto in over four decades (the Satellite Viewers Rights provisions—vetoed by President George H.W. Bush and the Security Litigation Reform Act—vetoed by President Clinton), and the longest serving Congressman for Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District in U.S. history.
In 2004, as he was being heavily courted to retire and assume the position of President of the Motion Picture Association to replace Jack Valenti, Congressman Tauzin was diagnosed with a rare form of intestinal cancer. Forced to leave Congress and his Chairmanship behind, he began a yearlong battle for his life. Given less than a 1% chance of survival, the Congressman not only overcame those great odds, but in January 2005 assumed the Presidency of PhRMA, the trade association representing the drug discoverers who had just saved his life. Over the next 5 ½ years, Congressman Tauzin helped shepherd the industry through the turbulent years of health care reform and left the important legacy of a new Patients’ Assistance Program, now providing over six million needy Americans with free medicines they could not otherwise afford, and a new program to help close the so-called “hole in the doughnut” of Medicare coverage.
Upon retirement from PhRMA in 2010, Congressman Tauzin and his son Thomas formed Tauzin Consultants. Congressman Tauzin also now serves on the Boards of Directors of Entergy Corporation, LHC Group, a multi- state provider of home health and hospice care, where he is Lead Independent Director, the Alliance for Aging Research, the Medicine Access and Compliance Coalition, and CaptureRx.
Harvey Sigelbaum, Advisory Board Member
Harvey Sigelbaum is a Senior Advisor for the Riverside Company, a global private equity firm. Prior to joining Riverside, Mr. Sigelbaum served as President and Co-CEO and then Executive Chairman of MultiPlan, Inc. a national healthcare network organization. Previously, Mr. Sigelbaum was CEO of Amalgamated Life Insurance Company, and before that, CEO of Urban Community Insurance Company. Mr. Sigelbaum, an attorney, as well as a business executive, has been active as a board member for numerous organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, including those focused on healthcare, insurance, finance, media, affordable housing, international development, and community welfare, in some cases on the executive committee and in some cases as chairman. In addition, Mr. Sigelbaum has served on the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a self-sustaining U.S. Government agency.
Harvey received his law degree at the Brooklyn Law School and BA, Philosophy – University of Miami. He is a member of The New York Bar.
Harvey and his wife Barbara and their cats reside in Manhattan.
Mark Stern, Advisory Board Member
Mark has been involved in healthcare innovation and transformation for his entire career, initially with CIGNA where Mark worked with the company’s largest clients on creative funding approaches and benefit design. While at CIGNA, Mark served on the Sales & Marketing Advisory Council for 20 consecutive years, and worked closely with the executive leadership team on a broad range of strategic initiatives. After his engagement at CIGNA, Mark served as a member of the original executive team at ActiveHealth Management, a leading clinical decision support technology company, which was ultimately acquired by Aetna. While at ActiveHealth, Mark was actively involved in sales, market analysis, product development, and M&A. Mark has spent the last several years working with healthcare service, clinical & technology companies assisting with creative go-to-market strategies, sales and relationship management. Mark also works with a select group of large employers/welfare funds on innovative employee benefit strategies. In addition, he is has consulted with private equity and venture capital investors, assisting with pre-acquisition due diligence and currently serves as a member of the OptumHealth Consultant Advisory Board.
Mark has a BS in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Darin Gordon, Advisory Board Member
Darin Gordon is the former Director of TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program, as well as the Director of the Division of Health Care Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee. In his role, Gordon managed an $11 billion health care enterprise that provided services to nearly 1.5 million Tennesseans. In addition to his responsibilities for Tennessee’s Medicaid and CHIP programs, Gordon was responsible for the State’s high-risk pool, pharmacy assistance program, e-Health strategy, all payers’ claims database as well as its multi-payer payment and delivery system reform initiative.
Gordon has over 18 years experience in public health care finance and management; during that time he has served with three Governors. Prior to beginning his term in 2006 as the longest-serving Director of TennCare, he held key executive management positions within the organization, including the Director of Managed Care Programs, involving the management and supervision of TennCare’s Managed Care Organizations; and Chief Financial Officer, involving responsibility and oversight of all financial and budget-related activities.
Under Gordon’s leadership the TennCare program maintained the lowest cost trend in its history, made significant improvements in the program’s quality measures, and has been nationally recognized for innovations in managed care and payment and delivery system reform.
Gordon’s contributions have extended beyond Tennessee. He has also been involved in health care policy nationally through consultations with states, in his leadership roles in the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and his involvement in a variety of National Governors Association initiatives and task forces. Gordon’s involvement has also extended internationally with consultations with a variety of health officials in other countries.
In addition to his management responsibilities for the State of Tennessee, Gordon has maintained leadership positions with several state and national organizations. Most recently serving as the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), a Board member of Leadership Health Care and Chair of the AccessTN Board of Directors
Gordon is also a 2011 Fellow of the Medicaid Leadership Institute and a member of the inaugural class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program.
Rita Johnson-Mills, Advisory Board Member
Rita Johnson-Mills has ten years progressive leadership experience with UnitedHealthcare, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee, a health plan serving more than 500,000 government sponsored health care consumers and over $2.5B in annual revenue.
Rita previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Managed Health Services and Buckeye Health Plan, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Centene Corporation for six years and led the operational turnaround of each health plan. She also has prior experience in state government in
Ohio where she spent 10 years in progressively expansive leadership roles, last of which was Chief, Bureau of Medical Assistance. Rita spent several years with CMS, where she served as Director, Medicaid Managed Care and oversaw administration of federal Medicaid wavier programs.
Rita has served on numerous professional body and not-for-profit boards and associations including the Nashville Health Care Council, the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Health Governing Board and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s Inaugural Council on Gender Equity.
Rita has been featured in the Profiles in Diversity Journal and recognized as one of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. She was recognized in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a Minority Corporate Executive Leader and received their annual Diversity in Business award in 2013. For her work and partnership with the AARP Foundation, Rita received a 2015 Innovation Award from UnitedHealthcare. In 2017, Rita was named Nashville Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO.
Rita has a Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University and a Master of Science and Master of Public Health from Ohio State University. Rita lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Howard B. Gold, Advisory Board Member
Howard B. Gold is the Executive Vice President and Chief Managed Care Business Officer at Northwell Heath. Mr. Gold joined Northwell when the latter was the North Shore Health System in 1995 as Senior Vice President for Managed Care Services. At that time, providers were only permitted to negotiate pricing arrangements with Health Maintenance Organizations. In 1997, with the passage of rate deregulation and the advent of the merger of North Shore Health System with the Long Island Jewish Medical Center (forming NSLIJ), Mr. Gold became responsible for contract development and negotiations, with single signature authority for all NSLIJ assets and providers with third-party payers. Mr. Gold was appointed to his current role in 2013 where he holds primary strategic responsibility for relationships with all payers and for the development of value-based reimbursement mechanisms and payment terms for existing and new business ventures.
Mr. Gold also belongs to numerous Boards and regional and national professional associations including United Health Group’s Health Care Executive Leadership Council, Board Director for HealthFirst Insurance Company, Board Director for the Partners In Health Plan serving people with Development Disabilities, membership in HealthCare Financial Management Association, the National Institute for Healthcare Leadership and numerous other advisory groups and councils throughout the United States.
In 1993, prior to joining Northwell, Mr. Gold was appointed to the dual role of Vice President and Vice Provost at New York Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical School, responsible for strategic planning and the development of their managed care network. Before then, Mr. Gold was appointed in 1989 by Governor Mario Cuomo to the role of Executive Director of the Governor’s Health Care Advisory Board with the charge of articulating and disseminating policy and reimbursement reform initiatives for the State of New York. From 1978 through 1989, Mr. Gold held policy roles of increasing responsibility in the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities culminating in his appointment as Director of the Office of Policy and Planning in 1987.
In the 1970s, Mr. Gold worked in various jobs including crab fisherman in Hawaii, Directory Editor of Boating magazine, Managing Editor of Human Sciences Press, Editor-in-chief of the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Engineering Assistant in the Nuclear Licensing Department at Ebasco Industries and as a contract carpenter.
Mr. Gold holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Arts from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research. He has a diverse set of outside interests including literature, history, philosophy, painting and travel.