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Board of Directors


Donald A. Barone, DO, is Professor and Chief, Division of Neurology, at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. A graduate of Rutgers College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Barone completed post-graduate education at Kennedy University Hospital, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Department of Neurology, and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center serving a Neuromuscular Disorders Fellowship funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He has practiced and taught Neurology/Neuroscience, with research interests in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology for 35 years. He has served on the Kennedy Health System Board of Directors for 23 years and is a past chair. He is current chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee, National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter in Philadelphia.
Board Members

Martin A. Bieber, CPA, spent most of his career as a healthcare executive.  He retired as President and CEO of the Kennedy Health System in Southern New Jersey in October, 2013.  During his eight years at Kennedy he led the repositioning of this 800 bed health system to be recognized as one of the better quality providers in its market, while substantially improving its financial performance, at a time of historic challenge. Previously, he served as Sr. VP and COO of St. Francis Hospital, the Heart Center for 14 years on Long Island, and 12 years at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.  Mr. Bieber is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Bancroft, a leading nonprofit provider of specialized services for individuals with autism, brain injuries and other intellectual or developmental disabilities serving the Delaware Valley region. 


Constance Garcia, MA, has a broad background innovating the delivery of health care services to high risk, hard to reach populations in a variety of settings including inner city hospitals, community-based health centers and the New York City Department of Health. She pioneered the establishment of primary care medical homes in senior citizen centers, public schools and homeless shelters and has held senior positions at CIGNA and Aetna managed care corporations, where she was responsible for launching their Medicare line of business.  Ms. Garcia served as consultant in planning a 200-bed hospital and making operational an ambulatory care center in Caracas, Venezuela, where she lived with her family for seven years. Ms. Garcia currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College of the City University of New York.


Grant D. Lawless, RPh, MD, FACP, is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, in addition to graduate Program Director for the Master of Science degree in “Healthcare Decision Analysis” at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served as Executive Director for National Accounts Managed Care, Director of Healtheconomics and Outcomes Research at Amgen, Executive Director for Managed Care Marketing, Vice President for Medical and Pharmacy Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Lawless’s professional experience is in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is Board Certified and Fellow in Internal Medicine, Quality Assurance and Utilization Review, as well as Addiction Medicine.  He is also a Registered Pharmacist with specialty certification in Nuclear Medicine. 


Michael O'Grady



Michael J. O’Grady, PhD, is a Principal of O’Grady Health Policy LLC, a private health consulting firm, and a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. His current research is concentrated on the interaction between scientific development and health economics, with a particular concentration on diabetes and obesity. He served as the Chair of the National Academies of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Panel Measuring Medical Care Risk in Conjunction with the New Supplemental Income Poverty Measure and is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Policy Roundtable of the Behavioral and Social Sciences. From 2003 to 2005, he was the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS.  Dr. O’Grady worked directly with the Secretary on such critical evolving policy issues as implementing the new Medicare drug benefit.  Prior to his Senate confirmation as the Assistant Secretary, he served as a senior health advisor to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a senior health economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Dr. O’Grady also held senior staff positions with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Rochester.


Susan C. Rucker is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience managing high-performance teams and growing businesses. Ms. Rucker has held senior management positions at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, KPMG, Unisys, and Tatum LLC.  In addition to managing client service delivery, Ms. Rucker has also managed information technology, recruiting, human resources and accounting and finance functions. Ms. Rucker is the CFO at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, and also has an independent consulting business where she does executive coaching and strategic consulting for businesses. She serves on the boards of three nonprofit organizations. Ms. Rucker is a certified Professional DynaMetric Programs administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary.

Fred Schnell

Frederick M. Schnell, MD, FACP, is a medical oncologist serving as CEO of Central Georgia Cancer Care, PC, in Central Georgia. He is the current Medical Director of the Peyton Anderson Cancer Center in Macon, Georgia. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Georgia Center for Research & Education in Atlanta, Georgia, an independent non-profit organization working to improve cancer care in Georgia by strengthening clinical research and education throughout the State. He is the current Chairman of the Scientific Review Committee of the Georgia NCORP, striving to offer clinical trial opportunities to the citizens in need in Georgia.  He was one of the first recipients of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Community Research Award, and has previously served as President of both the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, as well as the Community Oncology Alliance. His personal current research interests include genitourinary and breast cancer, as well as cancer care delivery and the development of quality metrics in cancer care.

Ian Spatz

Ian D. Spatz, JD, MPA, is a health care policy consultant working for a range of for profit and nonprofit clients. He is a senior advisor to Manatt Health Solutions. In addition, Mr. Spatz founded his own firm, the Rock Creek Policy Group. Previously, he served as Vice President for Global Health Policy for Merck & Co. Inc., and has also worked in the government and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Spatz has degrees from the New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.




Norrie Thomas


Norrie Thomas, PhD, is a successful entrepreneur, having founded, launched and  managed several pharmacy managed care companies. Dr. Thomas helped found one of the first pharmacy benefit management companies; Clinical Pharmacy Advantage (CPA). She has held senior management positions at MedCenters Health Plans, Aetna, Clinical Pharmacy Advantage, McKesson, PCS, Eli Lilly, St. Jude Medical, Schering-Plough, and Magellan Health Services.  Dr. Thomas holds BS, MS and PhD degrees from the University Of Minnesota College Of Pharmacy and she studied as a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics. She is one of the founders of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). Dr. Thomas holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of Minnesota and Drake University. She is Senior Fellow with the College of Pharmacy Center for Leading Healthcare Change at the University of Minnesota.  A pioneer in managed care pharmacy, she received the University of Minnesota's 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. In addition she received the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's prestigious Steven G. Avey Award for delivering sustained, exemplary and distinguished service to the practice of managed care pharmacy.


Kenneth D. Wells, MD, has over 20 years of health care experience, spanning occupational medicine, medical management, public health, family medicine, health education and pharmacy.  He currently serves as Corporate Medical Director for the Apache Corporation as well as Medical Director for Wortham Insurance. Dr. Wells is the founder of Alken Health Resources and serves as a member of the board of directors of CHRISTUS Health System. Dr. Wells has held advisory positions with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council, The Houston Technology Center, and The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.  Dr. Wells holds a masters degree in management from Northwestern University, a medical doctorate and masters in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Texas Southern University.