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 BalcerManager of Nursing Operations, Anne Arundel Medical Center
Christian currently works as the Manager of Nursing Operations at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, Maryland. He moved into this role in June 2018 after completing a one-year Administrative Fellowship working for AAMC CEO Tori Bayless. Christian graduated with his Masters in Health Services Administration Degree from the University of Michigan in 2017. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Operations from Calvin College in 2015.

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 BuxbaumPhD Student, Harvard University
Jason is currently studying in the Health Policy PhD program at Harvard University.  In addition to his time as an intern and then research associate with the V-BID Center, Jason has held positions with the Task Force on Low-Value Care, the Michigan Public Health Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the National Academy of State Health Policy.  Jason received his MHSA from the University of Michigan in 2014 and his BA from Bates College in 2008.

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

Laura Chen
Laura ChenGraduate Student, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Laura graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a BA in Public Health Studies and Biology. She is a first-year MHS student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology with a focus in Genetic Epidemiology. Her interests include urban health and improving access to care.

Rebecca Copeland
Rebecca CopelandGraduate Student, University of Michigan Health Management and Policy
Rebecca is a first year Master of Public Health student in Health Management and Policy and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Previously, she was a Senior Research Analyst at The Lewin Group, a health policy research and consulting firm in Washington DC. There she worked on the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus demonstration model out of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and at DC HealthLink, the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchange and marketplace. Rebecca graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Medicine, Health, and Society.

“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 DialaMedical Scribe, Loma Linda University Health
Prisca is a recent graduate of Pomona College with a BA in Economics. She is currently working at the International Heart Institute at Loma Linda University Health while she applies to Medical School. She plans to eventually pursue and MBA and/or MPH in addition to her MD. In addition, she plans to be involved in community health, global health, and healthcare delivery initiatives.

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.

Ashley Haglund
Ashley Haglund
Ashley is currently a first year graduate student pursuing a Master of Health Services Administration and a certificate in Health Informatics at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.  She graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a BA in Professional Writing and a BS in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science.  She previously worked in health care marketing and communications in Pasadena, California.  Her interest areas include consumerism in health care, quality metrics and reporting, and mental and behavioral health care.
Marianthi Hatzigeorgiou
Marianthi HatzigeorgiouAdministrative Fellow, Anne Arundel Medical Center
Marianthi joined Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in June as the Fiscal Year 2019 Administrative Fellow. A native of Indiana, she completed her Masters of Health Services Administration degree in Global Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan in 2018. During graduate school, she worked at the V-BID Center and completed her internship at the global headquarters of Siemens Healthineers in Erlangen, Germany. She graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with a concentration in Growth and Development. Before returning to graduate school, she worked as a Program Supervisor at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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 HsuCommunity Management Associate, Udemy
Jocelyn graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s of Public Health  in 2017.  Since then, she has dived into the world of community engagement – first at Spoon University and now at Udemy – where she brings a public health mindset of upstream problem solving to everything she does.

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 JensenHealthy Communities Program Specialist, Whatcom County Health Department
Ali received her Master’s of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan in 2016. After two years working for a Medicaid Managed Care Organization, she is now a civil servant at the Whatcom County Health Department in Bellingham, Washington. As Program Specialist of Healthy Communities, her work centers on the Food System and Health Equity.

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 an undergraduate student in the University of Michigan’s Public Health program.  Jaren is interested in health disparities in the field of Healthcare and Health Insurance.  He plans to pursue his Master’s in Health Services Administration in the Department of Health Management and Policy.
Kerry Lindquist
Kerry LindquistStudent, Community and Global Public Health, University of Michigan
Kerry Lindquist is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Global Public Health. She plans to apply to Michigan’s School of Public Health next spring. Kerry previously worked as a Policy Analyst for the CLOSUP research center affiliated with Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, helping to coordinate and market events involving local, state, and urban policy. Kerry is particularly interested in ethical approaches to health policy and infectious disease control. She hopes to learn more about and gain experience with chronic disease treatment and prevention, as well as High Deductible Health Plans and Health Saving Accounts, through her work this summer with V-BID. In her spare time, Kerry loves try new restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor with friends and rewatch episodes of ‘The Office.’

Hannah Lucas
Hannah Lucas
Hannah Lucas is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. Though she majored in Neuroscience and German, Hannah’s minor in Gender and Health and time spent abroad led her to develop an interest in health policy and its impact on health disparities. She hopes to further explore this interest over the course of her year with the V-BID Center before attending medical school and pursuing a combined MD/MPH. 
Kristen Lunde
Kristen Lunde
Kristen is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a BA in Political Science and International Studies.  Prior to returning to school, Kristen worked in population health and policy advocacy.  She completed her graduate internship with Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and has been selected as a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow for 2018-2019.  Her interests include the impact of benefit design on access to care and the role of innovative payment models in reducing health disparities.

Adwaiy Manerikar
Adwaiy ManerikarStudent, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Adwaiy is a medical student at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  He went to Northwestern for his undergraduate degree and majored in Neuroscience.  After working at V-BID, he began to focus on his research interests of technology and medicine.  His work encompassed the use of machine learning to help individuals monitor their diet and caloric intake.  He is currently focused on his medical studies and excited to learn about how he can best improve the health of his patients in the future.
Hannah Markus
Hannah MarkusStudent, Public Health, University of Washington
Hannah is a rising senior in the University of Washington School of Public Health focusing on the relationship between policy and health disparities. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a dual Juris Doctor and Masters in Public Health degree to continue her education in health equity. She previously worked with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, advocating and lobbying for common sense gun safety laws in Washington State through community engagement. With the V-BID Center, she hopes to further explore her interest in health policy and how access to health care impacts population health. In her free time, Hannah enjoys trying new foods, hiking in the Olympic National Park, and reading self-help books.

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, Northwestern Feinber School of Medicine
Ana Sofia is currently a second-year medical student at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her interests include family medicine, community health, medical ethics, and social justice advocacy. Prior to beginning medical school, Ana Sofia served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Tucson’s El Rio Community Health Center, a federally-qualified health center serving 1 in 12 Tucsonans. She is a recipient of the Army’s Health Professions Scholarship and plans to begin a military medical career upon her graduation from medical school in 2021.

“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.

Caroline Richburg
Caroline RichburgStudent, Biomolecular Science and Anthropology, University of Michigan
Caroline is a senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomolecular Science and Anthropology. After graduating, she plans to attend medical school to pursue a career as a physician. Caroline strives to combine medicine and anthropology to study the social determinants of health and to reduce health disparities. Through her work with the V-BID Center, Caroline enjoyed learning more about health policy and health care challenges in underserved communities. Outside of school and work, Caroline enjoys ballet, running, and playing with her pet bunny, Bun Foof.
Sarah Rubin
Sarah RubinStudent, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Sarah is currently a third-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in Urban Studies and Medical Anthropology. She previously worked at L&M Policy Research, a health services research and consulting firm in Washington, D.C and completed internships at PwC and UnitedHealthcare. Her interests include consumer engagement with health insurance, improving health equity, and the intersection of health policy and business strategy.

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.