Meet our Alumni

Ruchi Aggarwal
Ruchi Aggarwal
Ruchi Aggarwal is a Master of Health Services Administration student at the University of Michigan and has been a graduate student participant with the Center since October 2015.  She is particularly interested in HSA-High Deductible Health Plans and Specialty Pharmaceuticals.  Ruchi holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Management from Saint Louis University.
Christian Balcer
Christian Balcer
Christian Balcer is currently a Master in Health Services Administration student at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.  He graduated from from Calvin College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Operations and previously worked for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, doing process improvement and lean implementation work.

Grace Bowden
Grace BowdenStudent of Health Law, UCLA School of Law
Grace Bowden graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in Women’s Studies and moved to California to complete a pre-medical post-bacc at Scripps College in preparation for medical school.  However, her experience at V-BID showed her that she was more interested in the legal and policy aspects of healthcare.  After interning at the California Women’s Law Center and working for a private investigator, Grace started law school at UCLA last fall to pursue a career in health law.  Read More
Michael Budros
Michael BudrosGraduate Student, University of Michigan
Michael Budros is a current Master of Public Health student in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  His interests are in global health policy and delivery, insurance benefit design, and translating research into policy innovation.

Jason Buxbaum
Jason BuxbaumProject Manager, Michigan Public Health Institute
Jason Buxbaum, MHSA, is a project manager at the Michigan Public Health Institute.  At MPHI, he supports the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in implementing Michigan’s State Innovation Model (SIM) Model Test award, a $70 million federal award to improve health, health care, and long-term affordability in Michigan.  Jason has also served in various roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and the National Academy for State Health Policy.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa andcum laude from Bates College in 2008, and received a degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2014.

“I very much enjoyed getting to work closely… Read More

Laura Chen
Laura ChenStudent, Johns Hopkins University
Laura is a rising senior at Johns Hopkins University double majoring in Biology and Public Health Studies, with a focus in Biostatistics.  She is a Research Assistant at the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  After interning in a private medical practice during the summer of 2016, Laura understood the need for better value of healthcare services obtained, motivating her work at the V-BID Center. Outside of class, Laura enjoys baking and hiking.

Rebecca Copeland
Rebecca CopelandSenior Research Analyst, The Lewin Group
Rebecca is a Senior Research Analyst at The Lewin Group, a health policy research and consulting firm in Washington DC.  She is currently working on a project at DC HealthLink, the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchange and marketplace.  After graduating from Vanderbilt University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health, and Society, Rebecca interned for a home state Senator on Capitol Hill and was a Field Organizer for a home state Congresswoman’s winning reelection campaign.   She then was the Health Policy Fellow at Potomac Research Group in Washington D.C. which follows regulatory and legislative issues for institutional investors.

“I credit my experience interning at the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design for introducing me to the field of health policy.”

Lia Daniels
Lia DanielsHealth Policy Manager, Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Lia Daniels is a Health Policy Manager of Health Policy and Finance at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.

“My work with V-BID aligned with my desire to pursue a career in healthcare policy development, implementation, and advocacy.  The research, policy writing, and network I developed at V-BID helped to prepare me for an Administrative and Public Policy Fellowship with my current organization.  I appreciated the opportunity to work with health insurers implementing and studying value-based benefits, which we incorporated into V-BID issue briefs.”

Jillian Davenport
Jillian DavenportHealth and Public Service Consultant, Accenture
Jillian Davenport graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in 2015 with  a Masters in Health Services Administration.  While at U of M, she was involved in the IHI Open School, the Michigan Women in Health Leadership, as well as V-BID.  She currently works as a consultant for Accenture and primarily works with health plans.

“My writing and interviewing skills that I built upon at V-BID helped me to lead meetings and reach out to various stakeholders in my current role.  Having knowledge of the health plan space has helped me gain credibility.  V-BID directed me toward health plans and the future consumerism of health care specifically.  I hear CEOs of health plans today talking about directing healthcare consumers toward the ‘right services’, which directly feeds back to V-BID research.”

Prisca Diala
Prisca DialaStudent, Pomona College
Prisca is a rising senior pursuing a BA in Economics at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.  Her choice interest in economics centers on her desire to understand economic decision-making and the factors that affect those decisions with the hopes of marrying it to medicine as a future MD, MPH.  As she delved more into topics like health economics, knowing how healthcare systems deliver appropriate and effective care to patients sparked her interest. Prisca is working with V-BID Center this summer because she believes that the Center will allow her to gain a better understanding of the challenges and successes of delivering healthcare to patients. Outside of her academic and food commitments, Prisca is a varsity track and field athlete, as well as an active member of the 3D Leadership Program. Read more.

Alison Fendrick
Alison FendrickOutreach Director, Educators for Excellence
Alison is an Outreach Director for Educators for Excellence, which is a teacher led non-profit dedicated to crafting teacher-driven policy recommendations.  She works to mobilize and empower teachers to advocate for better policies in CPS.  Alison graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a degree in Psychology, Spanish, and Community Action & Social Change.  She interned at the V-BID Center in-between her two years of teaching with the Teach for America program in Miami, Florida.  Working in an under-served community led to Ali’s interests in disparities in education and health care.

“While at V-BID, I helped to redesign the Center’s website and worked on social media outreach.  I also wrote a brief on health care disparities.  I found the research and writing skills to be extremely beneficial and valuable.  Due to all of the work I did at V-BID, I developed a passion for policy work and currently work as a community organizer on Airbnb’s public policy team.”

Molly Gordon
Molly Gordon
Molly is a current Master of Health Services Administration student in the Health Management and Policy Department at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  She holds a BA in Global Health from the University of Michigan.  Her interests include improving health care through innovative care delivery and financing models and promoting high value care.

Sarah Hiltner
Sarah Hiltner
Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, having minored in Gender and Health.  Her interests include policy reform, health education, and LGBTQ health and disparities.
Jocelyn Hsu
Jocelyn Hsu
Jocelyn Hsu is an undergraduate student UC Berkeley pursuing a major in Public Health and minor in Public Policy.  Her interests include effectively implementing programs, food security, and Asian American health and disparities.

Claire Hutchinson
Claire HutchinsonBusiness Strategy Consultant, Accenture
Claire received her Master’s in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.  While at Michigan, Claire interned at a variety of different organizations, including the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design.  After graduating , Claire joined Accenture where she is currently a business strategy consultant.  She works closely with health care clients on ACA and related implementation projects.

“The two major skills that I gained through my experience with V-BID were a strong foundation in value-based payment models and hands on experience with health policy advocacy.  In addition to the advocacy aspect of my role at V-BID, the innovative and…  Read More

Alison Jensen
Alison JensenSenior Health Improvement Specialist, Community Health Plan of Washington
Alison received a Master’s of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan. Upon returning to Seattle after graduation, she began work as Senior Health Improvement Specialist in the Quality Department of Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW).  Alison manages vendors that contract out services, such as smoking cessation, community health workers, and, most recent, mail-in colorectal cancer screenings. She is very interested in growing CHPW’s Medicare Advantage plan and… Read More

Max Jones
Max JonesGraduate Student, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Max Jones is currently a third year student within the Health Management and Policy Department at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.  He has experience working within the technology and provider sectors of healthcare.  Max is extremely passionate about the strategic development of innovative healthcare methods.  He will be taking the lessons and skills he has learned from V-BID to his post-graduate position with Deloitte in the Healthcare Strategy and Operations division.

Alex Kelsall
Alex Kelsall
 Alex Kelsall is a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University, he worked for a consulting firm specializing in Medicare and Medicaid policy analysis and later performed research at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. Alex’s interests include the development and implementation of novel technologies, care delivery methods, and payment models that significantly increase the societal value of US health care.

Jaren Kirkland
Jaren Kirkland
Jaren Kirkland is a second year undergraduate student looking to major in the new Public Health Major at the University of Michigan.  Jaren is interested in health disparities in the field of Healthcare and Health Insurance.  He wants to eventually get his Master’s in Health Services Administration in the Department of Health Management and Policy.
Adwaiy Manerikar
Adwaiy Manerikar
Adwaiy is a rising Sophomore in the Medical Education Honors Program at Northwestern University.  He is majoring in Neuroscience with a planned minor in Business Institutions.  Adwaiy hopes to apply the skills he acquires to develop his own initiatives as a physician and change the U.S. health care system so that more individuals can get the care they need.  He is especially interested in the interaction between technology and medicine.

Ruth McDonald
Ruth McDonaldEconomist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ruth McDonald is an economist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluations (ASPE) Office of Health Policy, Division of Healthcare Access and Coverage.  She mostly works with Medicaid, CHIP, and private insurance.  Previously, she worked in public relations for several health care related campaigns as well as on Capitol Hill as a health staffer for two different Members of Congress.  Ruth holds a Master’s of Public Policy and Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Rick McKellar
Rick McKellarSenior Associate, Stanton Road Capital
Michael Richard (Rick) McKellar, MHSA is a Senior Associate at Stanton Road Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm specializing in middle market healthcare acquisitions.  Mr. McKellar oversees diligence and underwriting of potential acquisitions with a particular focus on financial modeling.  Prior to joining Stanton Road, Mr. McKellar spent three years at Paladin Healthcare where he conducted financial diligence of potential hospital acquisition and supported the operations of six community hospitals. Read More


Justin Mitchell
Justin MitchellVice President, Asserta Health
Justin is currently a Vice President at Asserta Health, a patient advocacy service, where he leads the creation of the processes and technology for managing cash payment for complex surgical procedures and professional services to help individuals, employers, TPAs, and fully-insured health plans save money and receive high-quality care.  Prior to his work at Asserta Health, Justin worked at Dossia, a Personal Health Record company that was working to make population health personal.  At Dossia, Justin led the creation of a Health Rules engine for encouraging effective utilization of health care services by individuals who signed up for a personal health record account.  Justin joined Dossia immediately following his time with V-BID.

“During my time at the V-BID center, I enjoyed working on the monthly briefs and the first version of a V-BID infographic.  My experience with these projects were invaluable in understanding the changing reimbursement market… Read More

Neetha Mony
Neetha MonyProgram Manager, Washington State Department of Health
Neetha Mony is the Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan Program Manager at the Washington State Department of Health.

“People in social services are often divided into two categories: prevention and postvention.  Prevention efforts focus on decreasing the number of people who can be affected by an issue.  This can include education, stakeholder outreach and engagement, and advocacy efforts on policy change.  Postvention is what most people think social workers do.  These are the counselors and therapists who enter the picture after the damage has occurred.  V-BID’s efforts align with my own desire to decrease the number of people who are exposed to experiences that would require postvention efforts.  Working at V-BID helped me see a client-centered, for-profit business model.  It wasn’t until I started my current position that I realized how V-BID has changed my problem-solving perspective.”



Ana Sofia Moreno-Mesa
Ana Sofia Moreno-MesaStudent of Chemistry, Smith College
Ana Sofia is currently a senior at Smith College finishing her bachelor’s degree in chemistry.  Her interests include public policy, ethics, and medicine.  She is currently preparing to apply to medical school to matriculate in 2017.  Ana Sofia has also interned with Alpha House in Ann Arbor, MI and with the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, MI.

“Learning to manage social media and learning the basics of lobbying have been invaluable skills since leaving V-BID, but hat I found most valuable during my experience was learning the vocabulary and base knowledge to understand the healthcare system.  Now that I’ve read more widely on the problems plaguing our healthcare system, I’ve decided to pursue an MD/MPH with a focus in public policy, and my summer at V-BID has helped me direct my career interests.”

Andrew Mychkovsky
Andrew MychkovskyStrategy and Transformation Consultant, Evolent Health
Andrew is responsible for crafting market-leading, value-based business and operational strategies for Evolent Health’s health system partners.  In addition to strategy and transformation activities, Andrew serves as the health policy lead for ACA marketplaces and Medicare Advantage.   Prior to Evolent, Andrew worked for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield in their MBA/MHA graduate development program and Blue Cottage Consulting, an independent healthcare consulting firm specializing in strategy, operations, and facility planning services for hospitals and health systems.  Andrew holds and MHSA from the University of Michigan and BS from Grand Valley State University.

“During my time at the V-BID Center, I found the real-life experience of writing testimony  for the Ways and Means committee… Read More


Pat Oungpasuk
Pat Oungpasuk
Pat Oungpasuk is currently a first year graduate pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.  After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2013, she worked at the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand helping to translate research into effective infectious disease policy for the Southeast Asia region.  Her interest areas include knowledge translation, effectively implementing programs, monitoring and evaluation, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in public health.
Preeti Padaley
Preeti PadaleyConsultant, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Preeti is currently a Consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP in Strategy and Operations primarily focusing on Health Care Providers.  She completed her Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery in India, and Master’s in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  Prior to graduate school, she served a Medical Officer in India for a year providing clinical services to an under-served population.  After graduate school, she worked with V-BID and Ambulatory care services at the University of Michigan Health System.  Her interest lies in identifying opportunities for organizational efficiency while aligning financial goals with optimal patient care for health systems.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with friends and family, traveling and reading.

“I had already signed my offer with Deloitte before joining V-BID for a summer position.  I wanted to work at V-BID, as I believed the experience I would gain would position me to perform better as a Consultant in healthcare.  During my time with the V-BID Center, I most enjoyed working with the interns and on literature reviews.”

Rohan Panicker
Rohan PanickerUI/UX Designer, Thirdware Solutions Inc.
Rohan Panicker is a UI/UX Designer plying this trade in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Information with a Master’s Degree in Human Computer Interaction in 2015. While he was a student at UofM, he worked part time as a Website Designer for the V-BID team for a period of four months. Rohan specializes in User Experience Design and Research methods.  His goal is to create products with excellent aesthetics and sound user experience so that the users and stakeholders can meet their objectives.  Rohan currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

“My entire experience at the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design was excellent.  I was able to learn a lot.  This was my first ever part time job while I was a student at the University of Michigan.  Working as part of a dynamic team, skill sharing, time management and presenting my work were some of the valuable experiences I had that helped me grow as a professional.”

Madhu Parigi
Madhu ParigiStudent of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Madhu is currently a student at University of Michigan studying Biomedical Engineering.  She worked within the V-BID Center during her freshman year, and continued on to be a lab assistant at the Center for Arrhythmia Research in the Department of Internal Medicine.         Read More

Madeleine Peters
Madeleine Peters
Madeleine Peters is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan.  She is pursuing a B.A. degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience.  Her interests include health policy, disparities, and health education.
Julia Pursell
Julia Pursell
Julia is an undergraduate at U of M studying Economics and hopes to one day be smart enough to get an MPH.  At V-BID, she has learned more about the meticulous policies of the healthcare world, graphic design, and communication.  One day Julia would like to help manage a healthcare facility to ensure people receive the care they deserve.  In her free time she likes to talk about how much she misses her dogs, watch YouTube videos of bugs fighting, and play Frisbee outside with her friends.

Mason Runge
Mason RungeGraduate Student, University of Michigan Medical School
Mason Runge is a recent graduate from The University of Texas, where he studied finance.  He will begin medical school at The University of Michigan in the fall of 2016, and has interests in health policy, economics, and administration.
Daniel Seeman
Daniel SeemanMedical Student, University of Michigan Medical School

Daniel Semaan is a 3rd year Medical Student at the University of Michigan, interested in hospital quality improvement, lean healthcare practices, and innovative solutions driven by entrepreneurs who work in healthcare.

“Not having a policy background, working at VBID gave me the foundation to start looking at healthcare from a ‘bird’s eye view’, so to speak.  I began to understand the struggle that hospitals, patients, and payers face when trying to optimize the care and value that is provided.  In order to make meaningful changes, it became evident that good policy was the medium that could achieve everyone’s goals.  Although I only spend a few months at V-BID, it inspired me to start looking into the business side of medicine.  Due to that, I will be applying to the combined MD/MBA program at U of M and other schools to pursue a career as a clinician and a physician leader.”

Arnav Shah
Arnav ShahResearch Associate, Policy and Research, The Commonwealth Fund
Arnav Shah is the research associate for the Commonwealth Fund’s research and policy department under Eric Schneider, M.D.  In this role, he provides support to a department charged with adding value to the Fund’s work in all of its core areas, working with staff to develop the research design of grant proposals and future publications, as well as reviewing those proposals or publications.  Arnav graduated from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a Master’s in Public Policy.  Prior to graduate school, Arnav was a research assistant in the Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute, supporting projects on Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), provider payment reform, health information technology, access to care, and quality improvement.  From 2011 to 2012, he was a health policy intern for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he… Read More
Monica Sridhar
Monica SridharMedical Student, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Monica Sridhar graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 as a Chemistry major and Business Management minor.  During this time, Monica worked at V-BID because because she became interested in process improvement and ways to enhance the American healthcare system.  Here, she was able to understand a unique approach to lowering the cost of health care while increasing its quality. She used this experience to continue her progress in the healthcare policy field and landed an internship during her gap year at the Patient and Family Centered Care Center at the University of Pittsburgh.  Monica then began to work as a…  Read More

Louisa (Wolcott) Laidlaw
Louisa (Wolcott) LaidlawOperations Manger, Precision Medicine Program, Henry Ford Health System
As the Operations Manager of Henry Ford’s Precision Medicine Program, my role includes management and development of clinical workflows, finances and operation metrics as well as assisting with the strategic planning involved with developing a new program. The role also includes project management of the Molecular Tumor Board and supporting the data integration of the molecular data aggregation platform.
Charles Yoo
Charles YooStudent, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Charles Yoo is a dual degree Pharm.D / M.S. student at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy.   Charles is interested in creating an affordable and sustainable healthcare environment by promoting high value medications and improved primary care system.  He is interested in innovative healthcare practices, medication affordability, and medications that improve patient outcomes.