Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Human Services
Chair, Agency of Human Services Representative
Public Health Statistics Manager • AHS
Simone Rueschemeyer, Executive Director, Vermont Care Network/Vermont Care Partners
Designated and Specialized Service Agency Representative
Simone Rueschemeyer is the Executive Director of Vermont Care Network/Vermont Care Partners. She oversees the operations with a focus on innovation and the future health of the network agencies. Simone has worked in the health and mental health care fields for over 25 years to improve access to care and the quality of care for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining VCN as a Project Manager in 2010, Simone worked as an independent consultant, State Affairs Manager for Bi-State Primary Care Association and as a member of the Clinton Administration’s Health Care Task Force in both the White House Office of Policy Development and the Office of Communication. Simone is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds a Masters in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
MaryKate Mohlman, Bi-State Primary Care Association
Emma Harrigan, Director of Policy, Analysis and Development; Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Hospital Care Representative
Emma is an experienced director in the areas of data, development, and quality with a demonstrated history of implementing successful initiatives working with state government and with provider organizations. As the Director of Policy, Analysis and Development at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS), Emma provides leadership on mental health policy, systems design, member development, and data analysis.
Prior to joining VAHHS, Emma was the Director of Quality and Accountability for the Vermont Department of Mental Health where her work focused on compliance, quality, performance improvement, report development, data systems, research, and technological infrastructure which led to a greater focus within the Department on data usage and performance accountability.
Emma is a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University and holds a Master’s of Science in Psychology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Jimmy Mauro, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
James Mauro is director of business intelligence, analytic consulting and provider reimbursement at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT). His focus is delivering comprehensive data analytics that inform population health and provider reimbursement programs at BCBSVT. The team he leads develops analyses to understand the unique needs of populations, which are then used to identify medical cost management and provider network strategies. He works on the strategic reimbursement initiatives for BCBSVT’s network of facilities and professional providers, and develops new methodologies to manage costs. He works with multiple areas at BCBSVT from care management, quality improvement, and health and wellness, to provider contracting, employer groups, and finance. In addition, he manages the data and analytic applications used to create actionable information from the claims, clinical, pharmacy, and mental health and substance dependence data. James has been with BCBSVT for 17 years, and was formerly the underwriting supervisor of a large California HMO plan.
Sandy Rousse, President and CEO, Central Vermont Home, Health & Hospice (CVHHH)
Home, Health and Hospice Representative
Sandy Rousse has served as President and CEO of Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH), a non-profit Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) serving 23 communities in Central Vermont, for 8 years. Sandy’s affiliation with CVHHH began 20 years ago when she joined the Board of Directors. Before assuming her current role, she served as CFO, where she oversaw finance and information technology, and COO, where she oversaw finance, IT, long term care programs, and clinical operations. Sandy possesses extensive knowledge of the home health and hospice industries and has participated in multiple health reform stakeholder workgroups in Vermont. She has in-depth knowledge of delivery system and payment reform. Sandy is passionate about community-based healthcare and its role in population health. “Home care providers have a wealth of information about their clients that could be extremely valuable in helping providers across the care continuum more fully understand how environmental factors impact a person’s medical condition. I am driven to find innovative solutions that can assist Vermont providers improve health outcomes and care coordination for Vermonters.” Sandy is a member of the OneCare Vermont Finance Committee, the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) Planning, Audit, and Population Health & Quality Committees. She is also a member of the Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) Population Health & Community Partnerships and Operational Risks Committees and is a member of the Board of Trustees of CVMC. Sandy served on the Health Information Exchange Workgroup of the Vermont Health Innovation Project from 2013 to 2014. Sandy is an accountant by trade and is a Corporator of Northfield Savings Bank. Sandy is a member of the VT Society of CPAs and the Barre Rotary Club and lives in Barre City with her husband and daughter.
Blueprint for Health Program Representative - Position Vacant
Josiah Mueller, RN, MHS at OneCare Vermont
Josiah Mueller, RN, MHS began his role as Director of Value Based Care for OneCare Vermont in April, 2021. Josiah most recently served as Director of Healthcare Analytics in Clinical Operations at the Mount Sinai Health System. He started his career in healthcare during nursing school, working as a nursing assistant in neurological inpatient and ICU settings. He then worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Emergency Department and also taught hospital-based clinical coursework to nursing students. His patient care and teaching experience led to his work in value-based care and inspired him to earn a Master’s of Health Science in Healthcare Economics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following his graduate studies, he worked as a Nurse Consultant at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Josiah is a running and cycling enthusiast and looks forward to enjoying Vermont’s mountainous terrain and bountiful beauty.
Kate O'Neill, Director of Data Management Analysis and Data Integrity
The Green Mountain Care Board representative
Kate O’Neill, MPH – is the Director of Data Management Analysis and Data Integrity at the Green Mountain Care Board in Vermont. Kate leads GMCB’s data governance program including overall management of data acquisition, quality, and authorized release for GMCB’s data assets, including administration of the GMCB’s Data Governance Council and coordination with other state and partner agencies. As a member of the analytical team, Kate participates in efforts to expand access to and usability of GMCB’s health care data resources, and works closely with GMCB’s legal team to ensure compliance and maintenance of legal guidance for stakeholders.
Kristin McClure, Chief Data Officer, Agency of Digital Services at State of Vermont
Agency of Digital Services Representative
Emily Richards, Vermont Health Information Exchange Program Director
Operation Support representative
Emily Richards is the Director of the Vermont’s Health Information Exchange Program, which resides in the Department of Vermont Health Access at the Agency of Human Services. In this role, Emily coordinates statewide health information exchange strategy, manages federal and state funding aimed at driving exchange of health data, and procures vendor services targeted at achievement of the state’s data use and sharing goals. Emily previously held roles in change management and education and outreach at the Agency. Prior to relocating to Vermont, she worked in federal consulting in the DC area. Emily holds a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government.
Beth Anderson, Vermont Information Technology Leaders
President & CEO
Beth Anderson is the President & CEO of VITL, operator of the State’s Health Information Exchange. Beth has enjoyed a long and varied career as an operations, finance and change leader in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Beth served as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Burlington, Vermont, where she served on the senior leadership team and was responsible for ensuring the effective stewardship of city assets, including developing and managing the annual operating budget. She also served as the City’s first Chief Innovation Officer, where she was responsible for modernizing the City’s IT platform, and creating a data-driven program for measuring performance and guiding continuous improvement efforts.
Beth is passionate about the role good data analysis can play in improving lives and livelihoods. As the Director of Operations and IT at Vermont Oxford Network, she was responsible for designing programs, processes, and platforms to enable the organization to best serve its members and achieve its mission to improve the quality, safety, and value of care for newborn infants through a coordinated program of data-driven quality improvement, education, and research. Before coming to Vermont, Beth held positions in financial services, including Vice President of eCommerce at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Job Manager at Oliver Wyman. Beth received an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Colgate University.
Laura Pelosi, Partner, MMR