Matt Salo was named Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in February 2011. The newly formed association represents all 56 of the nation’s state and territorial Medicaid Directors, and provides them with a strong unified voice in national discussions as well as a locus for technical assistance and best practices.
Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the Governors’ health care and human services reform agendas, and spent the 5 years prior to that as a health policy analyst working for the state Medicaid Directors as part of the American Public Human Services Association.
Matt also spent two years as a substitute teacher in the public school system in Alexandria, VA, and holds a BA in Eastern Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
Deputy Executive Director
Dianne Hasselman joined NAMD as Deputy Executive Director in February 2017. In this position, she manages a broad spectrum of activities including planning NAMD’s public policy and advocacy agenda in coordination with its board of directors, overseeing grant-funded programs, and developing new initiatives. Dianne is also responsible for ensuring that members’ needs are being met, so that they receive maximum value from being a part of NAMD’s network of Medicaid directors.
Prior to joining NAMD, Dianne served as the Executive Director of Federal Programs at the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement where she led multi-stakeholder initiatives for regional health improvement collaboratives. She also spent over seven years with the Center for Health Care Strategies where she led a variety of technical assistance programs and worked closely with state Medicaid agencies.
Dianne has a Master in the Science of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego.
Program Director for Medicaid Operations
Lindsey Browning joined the National Association of Medicaid Directors in May 2014. In her role as program director, she leads various grant-funded projects to support Medicaid Directors and their senior staff in navigating the Medicaid program’s most pressing policy issues. These projects focus on issues ranging from delivery system and payment reform to behavioral health integration and Medicaid managed care.
Before coming to NAMD, Lindsey worked at the Children’s Hospital Association where she conducted research and analysis on state policy trends in Medicaid and CHIP. She also supported the association’s work to analyze and respond to regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act.
Lindsey received her Master of Public Policy from George Mason University and graduated from McDaniel College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international studies.
Program Director for Medicaid Leadership
Hilary Kennedy joined the National Association of Medicaid Directors in October 2017. In her role as program director, she leads the organization’s efforts to design a program of leadership training and support to Medicaid Directors and their senior staff. This portfolio includes various technical assistance opportunities designed to allow access to leadership resources via webinars, in-person meetings, and other offerings.
Before coming to NAMD, Hilary worked at the National Governors Association on issues related to Medicaid waivers and reforms and public health. Prior to the NGA, she worked for seven years at AcademyHealth, focusing primarily on state coverage expansions and delivery system reform.
Hilary received a Master of Public Policy from the London School of Economics, a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.
Senior Policy Analyst
Jack Rollins joined NAMD in April 2014. He is responsible for the association’s policy work, including analysis of legislation and regulations impacting the Medicaid program, convening Medicaid Directors and their staffs to identify and build consensus around policy objectives, and articulating members’ consensus positions via comment letters and other communications to federal policymakers and Medicaid stakeholders. In his time at NAMD, Jack has focused specifically on the areas of Medicaid prescription drug coverage, managed care, and long-term services and supports.
Prior to joining NAMD, Jack interned at a safety net hospital association, a small lobbying firm specializing in healthcare issues, and performed policy work for a nonprofit organization of women state legislators.
Jack received an Masters of Public Health focused on health policy from the George Washington University and a B.A. in philosophy and government from the College of William and Mary.
Katherine Minnes joined NAMD in March 2018. As a Program Associate, she supports NAMD's grant-funded programs for Medicaid Directors. These programs help Medicaid leaders tackle key operational challenges facing Medicaid and drive delivery system and payment reform.
Before NAMD, Katherine worked for the Health Division at the National Governors Association, supporting projects on key health policy topics including telehealth, behavioral health and emergency medical services.
Katherine received her B.A. for Cornell University, majoring in Sociology with minors in Global Health, Social Inequality and Music.
Tess Moore joined NAMD as the Operations Director in July 2011. In this position, she manages the day-to-day operations of the office including meeting planning, budgeting, invoicing, billing, office management, website, newsletter distribution, and personnel. Tess is also responsible for the NAMD Alumni members.
Prior to joining NAMD, Tess spent 20 years working as the executive assistant to the executive director of the National Governors Association (NGA). Before working at NGA, she worked in a governor’s office, both in their Washington, DC office and the state office.
Dawn Cutler joined NAMD in January 2019 as a Program Coordinator. In this position she supports the Association’s data analytics efforts and coordinates its growing portfolio related to leadership development for state Medicaid leaders.
Before NAMD, Dawn worked for the Horatio Alger Association, administering scholarships and supporting partnerships and scholar services. She also currently volunteers on the Board of the Dream Project, a Virginia scholarship providing charity.
Dawn received a Dual Master’s degree from the University of Kent in Brussels in International Conflict and Security, and Virginia Tech in Public and International Affairs. She received a B.A. from Virginia Tech in Political science.