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Matt Salo

Executive Director

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.

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Dianne Hasselman

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.

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Lindsey Browning

Director of Medicaid Programming

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.

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Jack Rollins

Director of Federal Policy

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.

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Karen Seaver Hill

Director of Leadership Development

Karen Seaver Hill joined NAMD as Director of Leadership Development in September 2021. As Director, she is responsible for design and delivery of a suite of programming for Medicaid Directors, their senior teams and mid-level staff to strengthen their competency and impact as leaders.

For the past 20 years, Karen worked at the Children’s Hospital Association (and its predecessor organization, NACHRI) managing a portfolio spanning population health management and community health initiatives, designed to improve health outcomes and child wellbeing. She spent another 8 years at the Children’s Defense Fund engaged in issue-based advocacy, development and educational programming.

Karen earned a B.A. from Boston College and credits a post-baccalaureate experience in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with truly activating her political science degree.

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Tess Moore

Operations Director

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.

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Dawn Cutler-Tran

Manager, Programs and Projects

Dawn-Cutler Tran joined NAMD in January 2019. In her role as Manager, Programs and Projects, she manages some of the Association’s infrastructure development projects, including procuring a new CRM platform and launching a new website in Spring 2022. Dawn also supports NAMD’s growing leadership development portfolio 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.

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Hannah Maniates

Policy Analyst

Hannah Maniates joined NAMD in August 2021 as a Policy Analyst. In this role, she supports NAMD’s federal policy efforts.

Prior to joining NAMD, Hannah worked on substance use policy for the City of Boston, served as a research assistant with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and interned with a Maryland state senator.

Hannah received a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Systems and Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a B.A. in neuroscience and biology from Wesleyan University.

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Neda Jasemi

Policy Analyst

Neda joined NAMD in August 2021. In her role, she supports NAMD’s portfolio of state-to-state learning programs, including conducting research and analysis on emerging issues and trends, supporting the development of workshops and webinars, and developing issue briefs, blogs, and other written resources. She also collaborates with the NAMD team on content development for the Fall and Spring Conferences and supports other core association activities.

Before joining NAMD, Neda worked in Medicaid managed care consulting, supporting procurement, strategy, and implementation projects. She received her Master of Science in Public Health in health policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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L. Esther Hibbs

Operations Coordinator

L. Esther Hibbs joined NAMD in September 2021. As the Operations Coordinator, she provides administrative support for member services and general operations.

Prior to joining NAMD, Esther worked in direct services as a Supportive Housing Case Manager, managed Emergency Physicians International, an international medical publication, and did public health research alongside Social Innovation Ventures.

She received a BA from Skidmore College, where she studied Sociology and Arts Administration.

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