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American Hospice Foundation
Board of Directors, 2014

Deneen Richmond, MHA, RN - Chair
Deneen Richmond is a health care executive with more than 18 years of experience in healthcare quality improvement, management, policy, operations, regulatory issues and clinical care in a variety of settings.  Currently she is the Assistant Vice President at Quality Innova Health System. She previously served as Vice President, Quality and Care Management at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Prior to joining Holy Cross Hospital, Ms. Richmond was the Executive Director of the Washington, DC office of the Delmarva Foundation, a prominent Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).  Ms. Richmond also served as the Senior Vice President for Delmarva's Interventions Team, overseeing all quality improvement and patient safety work. Ms. Richmond was also the Assistant Vice President for Policy at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) where she provided oversight and direction for all policy issues for NCQA's accreditation programs and the HEDIS performance measurement set. 

In 2004, Ms. Richmond was a recipient of the 2004 Witt Kieffer and Modern Healthcare Up and Comers Award.


Grant Davies - Secretary and Vice Chair
Grant Davies is CEO of Teaching Strategies, Inc., an educational publishing company that serves the early childhood community.  He previously served as President of Davies Consulting, Inc. (DCI), founded DCI to focus on translating improvement strategies into bottom-line results. Mr. Davies has more than 30 years experience consulting to clients in energy, life sciences, telecommunications, financial services, and technology industries, as well as the public sector. He provides consulting services in process design and improvement, strategic and business planning, financial systems, operations improvement, and change management. His experience involves him in work with multi-cultural and multi-national organizations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Katherine Browne, MHA, MBA - Treasurer
Katherine Browne is the Deputy Director/COO of Aligning Forces for Quality, a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that is designed to use quality improvement, public reporting of hospital and physician quality, and consumer engagement to achieve high-quality, patient-centered care in 17 communities across the country.

Prior experience includes serving as the Managing Director of the Hospital Quality Alliance, managing the Disclosure Project at the National Partnership for Women and Families, as well as AcademyHealth on two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiatives – Networking for Rural Health and the National Health Care Purchasing Institute. She has also served as Director of Community Relations at the Visiting Nurse Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has had several roles within academic medical centers ranging from managed care contracting to strategic planning and product line development.

Katherine earned two master’s degrees in business and health administration (MBA/MHA) from Washington University in St. Louis and her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurse Association of America.

Naomi Naierman, MPA - President and CEO
Ms. Naierman has been an executive in the hospice field for over 25 years.  Before coming to the Foundation, she served for 11 years as the Executive Director of the Hospice Council of Metropolitan Washington, a regional association of hospices dedicated to consumer education.  At the American Hospice Foundation since 1995, she has been responsible for forming its founding board of directors, developing long range plans, and raising the national visibility of the organization. 

Ms. Naierman is the author of numerous articles and has lectured before a wide variety of audiences.  She has been interviewed on national television, radio, and newspapers, including NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, ABC's Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and the Wall Street Journal.  

Samuel Warburton, MD
Dr. Warburton is currently professor of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center where he sees patients and teaches students and residents.  Prior to this position he was National Medical Director for Quality Management at Aetna, Inc.   He has been involved with a variety of health care quality initiatives in managed care.  He brings a primary care and managed care background and perspective to the board.  His interest and commitment stem from multiple personal experiences with hospice.  He has served on the board since 2001.

Sheldon Berkle
Sheldon (Shelly) Berkle has had a long and successful career in various executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently, Shelly served as President and CEO of Altus Pharmaceuticals, a Boston-based biotech company.Prior to retiring from this position, he was the Executive Vice President of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI), a German based company for which he ran US Pharmaceutical Operations.While at BIPI, he was on the Executive Committee of the National Pharmaceutical Council.

A pharmacist and MBA by training, Shelly has served on the Boards of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada, Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia, Beth Jacob Synagogue, and Protocare Health Sciences. He joined AHF’s board in June 2009.

Judy Brunger
For 23 years Judy Brunger has been in leadership positions in hospice care, including CEO of a large comprehensive hospice and palliative care program in Savannah, Georgia.  Most recently, she retired as CEO of the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care.  The Carolinas Center provides advocacy, leadership, and education for hospice and end of life care issues in North and South Carolina.  Judy has actively sought out opportunities and contributed to hospice and end of life care public policy development in Georgia and North and South Carolina.  Prior to her work in hospice care, she served in faculty positions in undergraduate nursing programs and in clinical nursing positions in Maryland, Michigan and Virginia.

Dale Lupu, PhD
Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD has spent three decades helping to shape the field of hospice and palliative care. Formerly CEO of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Lupu helped guide formation of the physician subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine and obtain its official recognition as a subspecialty from ABMS and ACGME.  She recently served as Vice President for Professional Development at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine,

Dr. Lupu has held positions in administration, research and policy. She was founding executive director of Montgomery Hospice Society in Maryland, held several leadership posts at Hospice of Northern Virginia, and served as the lead policy analyst for hospice at the Department of Health and Human Services during the early 80's when the Medicare hospice benefit was being formulated.

Currently, she holds an appointment in the GW School of Public Health and an adjunct appointment at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. She consults with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care on public policy and quality issues and serves as Faculty Mentor and Master Educator at the Washington Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium.


American Hospice Foundation Senior Staff

Naomi Naierman, MPA - President and CEO
Ms. Naierman has been an executive in the hospice field for over 25 years.  Before coming to the Foundation, she served for 11 years as the Executive Director of the Hospice Council of Metropolitan Washington, a regional association of hospices dedicated to consumer education.  At the American Hospice Foundation since 1995, she has been responsible for forming its founding board of directors, developing long range plans, and raising the national visibility of the organization. 

Ms. Naierman is the author of numerous articles and has lectured before a wide variety of audiences.  She has been interviewed on national television, radio, and newspapers, including NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, ABC's Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and the Wall Street Journal.  .

Marsha H. Nelson, ACSW, MBA - Vice President
Ms. Nelson is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience in community mental health and managed care where she held executive positions in operations and clinical policy.  For several years she served as Vice President for Clinical Policy for ValueOptions (and its predecessor company, Value Behavioral Health, Inc.), one of the largest behavioral healthcare companies in the country.  Just prior to joining AHF, Ms. Nelson worked as Policy Director for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an organization that provides oversight for managed care and managed behavioral healthcare organizations and is known for the development of widely accepted healthcare quality measures. 

Ms. Nelson holds Masters’ degrees in Social Work and Business.  She has had a professional interest in hospice since her graduate school days at the University of Chicago when she was privileged to take classes from Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and observe her interviews with dying people.

 

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