December, 2017 Newsletter

People on the Move

Irnande Altema has joined the Maryland Mental Health Association as Policy Director for Special Populations. Ms. Altema was most recently Chief of Staff for Senator Kathy Klausmeier.

Tracy Deemer has joined the corporate support team at Maryland Public Television as an account executive, responsible for securing corporate sponsorships and partnerships for Public Broadcasting Service and MPT programming and initiatives. Ms. Deemer is a former financial adviser for Morgan Stanley and a marketing and sales consultant for Revolve Education.

Erin Dorrien is the Director of Policy and Data Analytics at the Maryland Hospital Association. Ms. Dorrien had previously been with the Maryland Health Care Commission for six years.

Michele Eberle has been named the new Executive Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Ms. Eberle had been the Exchange’s Chief Operating Officer since 2015.

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel has been named Executive Director of Advocates for Children and Youth. Ms. Bevan-Dangel departs her post as Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland. Damon Effingham, the organization’s Legal and Policy Director, will serve as Acting Executive Director.

Donna S. Edwards has been elected President of the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO. Ms. Edwards is the first woman to be elected to this position.

Dr. Michelle Gourdine has been named Senior Vice President of Population Health and Primary Care at the University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Gourdine served as Deputy Secretary for Public Health at the Maryland Department of Health under Governor Ehrlich and currently serves on the Board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

Teresa Healey-Conway has taken the positions of Executive Director of the Prince George’s County Medical Society and the Anne Arundel and Howard County Medical Societies.

Kristen Neville has taken the position of State Affairs Manager with the American Occupational Therapy Association. Ms. Neville most recently served at Legislation and Regulations Specialist for Health Occupations Boards and Commissions at the Maryland Department of Health.


Toni Holness, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland, and Jen Pauliukonis, Executive Director of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, have both been recognized by the Daily Record as two of 2017’s Leading Women. This award identifies women who are 40 years old or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their careers.

Karen-Ann Lichtenstein, President and CEO of The Coordinating Center, received recognition by The Daily Record as one of the winners of its inaugural 2017 Icon Honors. Winners were selected for long-standing commitment to the Maryland business community and significant professional accomplishments through innovation and leadership.

Dr. Francine Miles, former Vice President of Advocacy for the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), received the Roster of Merit from MOTA because of her long-standing commitment to advancing occupational therapy.



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