Our Staff

Ceci Connolly, President & CEO
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Primary Contact for CEOs and ACHP's Board of Directors

Ceci Connolly, a nationally recognized health care leader, took over as president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans in January 2016. In her role, she works with some of the most innovative executives in the health sector to provide high-quality, evidence-based, affordable care. She is passionate about transforming America’s system to deliver greater value to all.

Connolly has spent more than a decade in health care, first as a national correspondent for the Washington Post and then in thought leadership roles at two international consulting firms. She is a leading thinker in the disruptive forces shaping the health industry and has been a trusted adviser to c-suite executives who share her commitment to equitable, patient-centered care.

She is co-author of the book “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America’s Health Law and What it Means for Us All,” has covered six presidential campaigns and numerous natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina. She is the first non-physician to receive the prestigious Mayo Clinic Plummer Society award for promoting deeper understanding of science and medicine and in 2001 was awarded a fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

For four years, Connolly served on the board of Whitman-Walker Health, a $26 million nonprofit, community health center, serving 15,000 clients a year. She is a founding member of Women of Impact (WOI) for Healthcare and serves on the national advisory committee of the Altarum Institute Center for Sustainable Health Spending. She is a graduate of Boston College.

Sophia Bushong Nelson, Executive Assistant
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Sophia joined ACHP in January 2014. Through this position, she provides support for ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly.

Sophia hails from outside the world of health care, having spent the majority of her career in the theatre arts. She has served as actor, director and producer for numerous plays throughout the United States. She trained extensively at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The American Globe Theatre in New York, N.Y., and with Robert Perillo of the Stella Adler Studio. She is a regular contributor of theatre reviews and feature articles for Washington City Paper.

Sophia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Dramatic Arts from Dickinson College.

Kelly Crowe, Vice President, Operations
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Kelly Crowe joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in December 2017 as the Vice President of Operations. In this role, Kelly manages operations of the organization, and oversees finance, human resources, administrative and business development activities.

Kelly honed her sophisticated financial and management skills working for more than a decade in the finance industry and years in management roles. She also previously served as the CEO of NASCHO, which represented 23 nonprofit health insurance co-ops.

Nick Desien, Senior Business Analyst
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Nick Desien joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in April 2017 as the Senior Business Analyst to support the Data and Analytics team through research, data analysis and programming.

Nick previously worked as the Legislative Director for Strategic Health Care, a Washington-based consulting and government relations firm. Nick graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tod Didier, Digital Communications Specialist
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Tod joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in 2016. Prior to his work at ACHP, he served as an editor of two different commentary sites and was the PunditWire Fellow at American University. He is responsible for coordinating ACHP’s digital efforts, including social media and the ACHP website.

Tod has received his M.A. in political communication from American University and B.A.s in history and English from the University of Northern Colorado.

Toni Fanelli, M.F.S., Senior Manager, Membership and Governance
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*Primary contact for membership inquiries

Toni is the Senior Manager of Membership and Governance at the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). In this role she manages the membership and board operations portfolio including the member experience and recruitment efforts. Toni joined the staff in April of 2010 as an executive assistant and has also overseen the administrative operations of the organization.

Prior to joining ACHP she was the at the American Dental Education Association as project manager in the member services department. Toni received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan State University in Criminal Justice and Human Biology. She holds a Masters of Forensic Science from the George Washington University.

Christa Fields, Business Analyst
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Christa Fields joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in April 2017. As a Business Analyst, she supports ACHP’s analytics agenda focusing on health plan quality improvement and pharmacy benchmarking.

Prior to joining ACHP, Christa was a Policy Analyst for the Program on Medicare Policy at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Christa holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Spelman College.

Leah Hunter, Associate Director of Communications
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*For press inquiries, please reach out to Alaina Monismith or Tod Didier

Leah Hunter joined ACHP in 2017. As Associate Director of Communications, Leah oversees external communications initiatives and plays a key strategic role in promoting the Alliance’s advocacy agenda.

Leah comes to ACHP from the Department of Health and Human Services, where she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. Prior to her time at HHS, Hunter served as Press Secretary for Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and as Communications Director for Congressman Ron Kind. She also spent time at DBC PR+New Media and Rippe Keane Marketing. She has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin.

Connie Hwang, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer
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Dr. Connie Hwang is a general internist with expertise in quality measurement and population health. At the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), she is Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Innovation, providing clinical leadership on health care transformation, value based care partnerships, and quality improvement. Prior to ACHP, Dr. Hwang was Vice President of Quality at Evolent Health where she led improvement initiatives for Medicare Advantage Star Ratings, CMS ACOs, State Medicaid quality programs, payer partnerships and NCQA HEDIS performance. Dr. Hwang is a former RWJ Clinical Scholar and MPH graduate from Johns Hopkins. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and graduated with her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Alison Joseph, Membership Coordinator
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Alison Joseph joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in July 2018 as Membership Coordinator. In this position she supports ACHP’s membership activities such as member recruitment, retention and engagement.
Alison graduated with a BS in Public Health from George Washington University.
Megan Knauss, LGSW, Innovation Programs Coordinator
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Megan Knauss joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in November 2016.  As the Innovation Programs Coordinator, she assists with executing ACHP’s learning and innovation strategy, which supports and advances ACHP’s vision and mission and guides its learning and innovation efforts.  Megan assists with implementing the strategy on a daily basis to improve ACHP member performance.

Prior to joining ACHP, Megan worked for a wildlife conservation and animal advocacy nonprofit where she served as the Program & Executive Assistant.

Megan received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama.  She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in the District of Columbia.

Kyle Levin, Manager, Public Policy
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*Primary contact for policy

Kyle Levin joined ACHP in December 2017. As the Manager of Public Policy, Kyle helps shape and inform ACHP’s policy goals and support our advocacy efforts.

Kyle previously worked at the American Physical Therapy Association where he provided for regulatory analysis and drafted comments on pertinent health care issues, including Medicare, Medicaid and ACA rules. Kyle has a BA from Tulane University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Alaina Monismith, Communications Specialist
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Alaina Monismith joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in May 2016 as the Communications Specialist, where she supports the functions of the communications team.

Prior to joining ACHP, Alaina was the assistant editor of a trade publication based in Arlington, Virginia.

Alaina graduated with a BA in journalism with a minor in political science from The Pennsylvania State University and received her MA in political communication at American University.

Eva Powell, Senior Manager, Quality Programs
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As the Senior Manager of Quality Programs, Eva helps guide ACHP’s clinical performance improvement strategy and oversees ACHP’s efforts to share clinical innovation. She also serves as a liaison to various quality measurement organizations. Prior to joining ACHP, Eva was an independent consultant working on projects related to community health, advanced payment models and enhanced use of technology to support patient engagement. She previously worked as Senior Director of Quality and Innovation at Evolent Health and led consumer focused Health IT advocacy for the National Partnership for Women & Families.

 

Candida Richardson, Office Coordinator
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Candida Richardson joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in September 2016 as Office Coordinator. Through this position she provides support in maintaining the operations of the office.

Prior to ACHP, she worked in the nonprofit sector around Capitol Hill for more than two decades.

Andrew Schwab, M.P.A., Chief of Advocacy
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Andrew Schwab joined ACHP as Chief of Advocacy in August 2016. In this role, Andrew works to promote ACHP’s priorities with elected officials on Capitol Hill and external stakeholders throughout the health care system.

Prior to joining ACHP, Andrew handled private health insurance issues on the Federal Government Affairs team at AARP.  Andrew also served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee in the New Jersey Legislature and as Deputy Press Secretary to a U.S. Senator.

Andrew holds a BA in Policy Studies and History from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University.

Christine Shen Moreschi, Controller
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Christine Shen Moreschi joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans as Controller in January 2008. Before assuming her position at ACHP, she was the manager of domestic accounting for the U.S. Grains Council where she was responsible for managing the full range of domestic daily accounting operations. She was also responsible for monthly financial statements preparation, budget tracking and projection, managing multiple federal and state grants and reports, supervising the annual audit, troubleshooting accounting software and providing general support for other managers.

Christine earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Strayer University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Northern Virginia and a Business Administration Certificate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Maria Velasco, CMP, Manager, Events and Business Development
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*Primary contact for sponsorship inquiries

Maria joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in August of 2017. In her role as Manager of Events and Business Development, she coordinates events hosted by ACHP and oversees sponsorship opportunities. Prior to her work at ACHP, she served as the Meetings Coordinator and Registrar for the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).

Maria is a certified meetings professional and holds a BA in Art History from the University of Cadiz, Spain and an AAS in Hospitality from Montgomery College.

Desiree Wilson, Administrative Coordinator, Clinical Learning and Innovation
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Desiree Wilson joined the Alliance of Community Health Plans in March 2015 as Administrative Coordinator, Clinical Learning and Innovation. Through this position she provides support to the Director of Learning Networks as well as the Director of Market Strategy and Analysis.

Prior to ACHP, she worked at Thomson Reuters as the Executive Assistant to three physician executives.