MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH CONNECTOR BOARD
- Marylou Sudders, ex-officio, chair
- Gary D. Anderson, ex-officio
- Michael Chernew
- FayeRuth Fisher
- Mark S. Gaunya
- Michael J. Heffernan, ex-officio
- Dimitry Petion
- Zaranique Watson Pope
- Nancy Turnbull
- Matthew Veno, ex-officio
- Rina Vertes
- Louis Gutierrez, ex-officio
Marylou Sudders, ex-officio, Chair
Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Appointed as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015, Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $19.4 billion state budget with 22,000 dedicated public servants, and oversees critical services that touch one in four residents of the Commonwealth. Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has dedicated her life to public service and to some of our most vulnerable citizens. She has been a public official, provider executive, advocate and college professor.
She was the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003, championing significant legislative reforms including insurance parity, fundamental patient rights and the first children’s mental health commission. In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) for her behavioral health expertise; she remains on this important Commission in her capacity as Secretary.
For almost ten years, she headed the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, promoting the rights and well-being of some 24,000 children and families. Just prior to her appointment as Secretary, Sudders was an associate professor and Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Sudders has served on many charitable boards throughout her career, including the Pine Street Inn, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Secretary Sudders’ talent and dedication has been recognized multiple times. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and was named Social Worker of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was also nationally recognized with the Knee-Whitman Outstanding Achievement for Health & Mental Health Policy from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.
Gary D. Anderson, ex-officio
First Deputy Commissioner, Massachusetts Division of Insurance
Gary D. Anderson joined the Massachusetts Division of Insurance as its First Deputy Commissioner in February of 2014. Anderson’s responsibilities included strategic planning and policy development for every aspect of the agency, while assisting in decision-making and policy development in matters involving all lines of insurance and developing and advocating legislative and policy priorities for the Administration. His insurance experience began in 1999 with a regional carrier in the northwestern United States.
Just prior to his role as the First Deputy, he served as a Policy Advisor and Senior Counsel in the Massachusetts State Senate President’s Office, where he was involved in a number of policy areas, from the state’s broad efforts to control health care costs to all matters affecting the financial services sector. Prior to his work in the Senate President’s Office, he worked as the General Counsel for the Financial Services Committee, where he handled legislation related to insurance and banking.
Anderson’s private sector work also includes experience at a pharmaceutical company, where he was responsible for negotiating the tiered status of pharmaceuticals in the hospital setting.
Anderson is a graduate of Idaho State University and Albany Law School at Union University.
Michael Chernew, Ph. D.
Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Chernew is the Leonard D. Schaeffer professor of Health Care Policy in the Department of Health Care Policy (HCP) at Harvard Medical School. He currently directs HCP’s Healthcare Markets and Regulations (HMR) Lab. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. Dr. Chernew is currently both the co-editor of the American Journal of Managed Care and an editor of the Journal of Health Economics. He is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors. In the past, he has served on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, Health Affairs and Medical Care Research and Review, as well as on technical advisory panels for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to evaluate the methods that Medicare actuaries use to assess the financial status of Medicare trust funds. He is also the former Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Dr. Chernew’s research, which has been widely published and awarded, focuses on different facets of controlling health care spending growth while ensuring that quality of care is maintained or improved.
Massachusetts Political Director, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Bio coming soon.
Mark S. Gaunya, GBA, LIA
Co-owner and Chief Innovation Officer, Borislow Insurance
Mark S. Gaunya is a co-owner of Borislow Insurance, a Massachusetts-based, New England region brokerage and consulting firm since 2005, and has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has held a number of senior leadership positions for regional and national health insurers and provider organizations in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., and is ACA and Self-Funding certified by the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). Gaunya has served as the National Chair of the Healthcare Cost & Quality Transparency Taskforce for NAHU, and in 2013 he was appointed to the Legislative Council to continue that work. He has also served as President of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (MassAHU) from 2009-2013. Under his leadership, MassAHU advocated for and helped to legislate the addition of the NAHU Connector Board seat that he will now occupy representing his broker colleagues all across the Commonwealth.
Michael J. Heffernan, ex-officio
Secretary of Administration & Finance
Michael J. Heffernan joined Governor Charlie Baker’s cabinet as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance in August 2017. In his role, Secretary Heffernan is in charge of formulating the governor’s budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, and implementing the state government’s $40 billion operating and $2 billion capital budgets. Secretary Heffernan also manages numerous state administrative agencies including the Department of Revenue (tax administration and economic forecasting), the Human Resources Division (talent recruitment and management), the Group Insurance Commission (employee and retiree health insurance), the Operational Services Division (procurement), and the Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (state facilities).
Mike previously served as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he was responsible for administrating tax, revenue collection, child support, and municipal finance laws.
Following his campaign for Massachusetts state treasurer in 2014, Mike served on Governor Charlie Baker’s transition team and was appointed to the boards of Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM) and the MBTA Retirement Fund in early 2015.
In the private sector, Mike spent nearly two decades in increasingly senior roles at Citigroup and its predecessor firm, Salomon Brothers, as a managing director in its markets and banking division. He previously served as a Vice President in capital markets at NatWest Markets and EF Hutton & Co. Most recently, he co-founded the Massachusetts tech startup Mobiquity in 2011.
Mike has been involved with a number of non-profits focused primarily on education and healthcare. He holds an MBA in finance from New York University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University where he sits on the Georgetown College Board of Advisors and chairs the Georgetown Library Board.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Mulberry Systems, Inc.
Dimitry Petion is President and CEO of Mulberry Systems in Quincy, MA. He has a strong background in engineering and business, having previously served as President and CEO of Advanced Management Services and spent four years at Harvard Street Neighborhood in positions including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Interim Chief Executive Officer. As a computer engineer and director of several organizations, he brings practical knowledge of business and industry to the healthcare field. Mr. Petion earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering as well as his M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University.
Zaranique Watson Pope, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer, DotHouse Health
Zaranique Watson Pope began her career in Human Resources over a decade ago in the Healthcare industry and she has been there ever since. Zaranique currently manages the HR function for DotHouse Health, a non-profit Community Health Center in Boston, Massachusetts as the Chief Human Resources Officer.
Prior to joining DotHouse Health, Zaranique served in a leadership role at Lifestance Health, as a Senior HR Advisor at Steward Healthcare and as a Senior HR Specialist for the Veterans Affairs – New England Healthcare System. Zaranique is also a founding member and Vice President of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources – New England Chapter.
Zaranique holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Regis College and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management. She is dedicated to leading and developing overall organizational initiatives, developing and maintaining a positive organizational culture, evaluating and optimizing newly developed processes to increase efficiency and reducing attrition while maintaining an employment system that is as fair and consistent as possible.
Senior Lecturer on Health Policy and Associate Dean for Educational Programs, Harvard School of Public Health
Nancy Turnbull is a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Associate Dean for Educational Programs at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests include health insurance regulation, health care access, consumer participation in managed care plans, and international applications of managed care.
Before joining the Harvard School of Public Health, Nancy worked for almost ten years for the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, where she was First Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner for Health Policy. She has also served as the president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
Nancy is on the board of a number of state health policy organizations, including the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, Commonwealth Care Alliance, and the Massachusetts Health Council.
Matthew Veno, ex-officio
Executive Director, Group Insurance Commission
Bio coming soon.
President, Marjos Business Consulting
Rina Vertes is currently the leader of Marjos Business Consulting, with 25 years of experience at health care and insurance companies, including Minuteman Health as Chief Financial Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as Chief Actuary and Chief Underwriter, and CIGNA where she held positions in the Health Care and Investment Divisions. While at Blue Cross, Vertes co-led the development and implementation of the Alternative Quality Contract, a payment model incorporating risk-adjusted global payment and performance-based incentives, and was involved with Massachusetts’ health care reform from its inception. Vertes is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority
Louis Gutierrez has spent the last seven years as a principal in the Massachusetts-based IT consulting firm Exeter Group. Until this appointment, he served on the boards of directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the New England Health Exchange Network. He is returning after previous roles in Massachusetts state government and information technology, including Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth in the Romney, Weld, and Celluci administrations where he was also an Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance. Gutierrez also served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Officer (CIO/CTO) at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care during its 1999-2002 corporate turnaround, and was a 2002 recipient of Computerworld’s Premier 100 award for distinguished CIOs.