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Our Board of Directors

Meet the NJAHP Board of Directors.

Margaret M. Moree, Legislative Chair - Aetna

As a member of Aetna’s Government Affairs team since 2012, Maggie serves as Aetna’s lead government affairs specialist for New Jersey, New York and Northern New England. In that capacity, Maggie represents the company’s regulatory and legislative interests with an emphasis on Aetna’s core health and life insurance businesses.

Prior to joining Aetna, Maggie served for four years as the Director of Federal Affairs for The Business Council of New York State where she provided policy and advocacy support in the areas of health insurance, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, contract procurement, and workforce development and education. She has extensive public service and policy experience with over ten years at the NYS Department of Labor overseeing the divisions of unemployment insurance, employment services and workforce development. Maggie served on the staff of three New York State senators in her 13 years with the State Senate, and as a staff member for New York’s Governor.

Maggie serves as chair of the Village of Athens Planning Board, of which she has been a member since 2010. She serves as a board member on the Greene County IDA, is a graduate of New York University and resides in the Hudson Valley.

Jill Squiers, Chairwoman - AmeriHealth New Jersey

Jill Squiers is government relations manager for AmeriHealth New Jersey, representing the statewide health plan on all legislative and regulatory issues in Trenton. Prior to her current role, Jill was responsible for managing AmeriHealth New Jersey’s value-based hospital partnerships.

Before joining AmeriHealth New Jersey, Jill was director of managed care at Englewood Hospital and Medical Centers. In that role she negotiated and oversaw compliance with managed care contracts and worked with appropriate departments to develop managed care marketing of new services based on emerging technology.

Jill also spent nine years at the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA). As assistant vice president of health planning, she oversaw a variety of regulatory issues, including managed care and HIPAA, and participated in the association’s development of guidelines related to planning for pandemic flu and other public health and disaster emergencies.

Early in her career Jill was a lobbyist on state legislative issues for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. She also served as a legislative aide for a state senator who was co-chair of Michigan’s Senate Health Policy Committee.

Jill currently serves as secretary on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association where she previously chaired the Payer & Provider Collaboration Committee.

Jill received her B.A. in American Public Affairs from the James Madison College program within Michigan State University.

 

Patrick Gillespie,  Medicaid Chair - Anthem

Patrick Gillespie is Anthem’s Regional Vice President for State Affairs serving a ten state region, including; New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Vermont. In addition to supervising government relations Directors in four states, Patrick supports Amerigroup operations in New Jersey as well as the implementation of Anthems’ public affairs agenda within the Northeast region.Prior to joining Anthem, Pat served as a Director of State Government Affairs for Cigna, also operating across a multi-state territory. He has served in leadership positions in several insurance industry trade organizations including the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania, the Maryland League of Life and Health Insurers, the Virginia Association of Health Plans, the Ohio Association of Health Plans, the Maine Association of Health Plans and most recently as Board Chairman for the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.

Patrick is also the former Mayor of Old Bridge Township, New Jersey and has a rich policy and political background. He was employed by the New Jersey Senate Majority office from 1993 until 2010 where he ultimately served as its Executive Director. Pat was appointed New Jersey’s second Smart Growth Ombudsman by Governor Richard J. Codey in 2005 where in addition to preparing rules to implement an expedited permit and licensed site professional program, he reviewed all proposed administrative rules for consistency with the State Plan for Development and Redevelopment. In this position, Patrick worked with Smart Growth directors for the Departments of Environment Protection, Transportation and Community Affairs. Before joining the Senate staff, Patrick supervised four district offices as the District Director for U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr (6th-NJ).

Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York in 1988. Patrick lives with his wife and two children in Old Bridge, New Jersey where in addition to his former service as Mayor and Councilman-at-large, has served in a variety of local community offices and positions.

Natalie Bernardi, Vice Chair -  CIGNA

Natalie Bernardi is a State Government Affairs Manager at Cigna. In this role, she serves Cigna’s lead for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.Prior to joining Cigna, Natalie served for three years as the Counsel/Director of the New York State Senate Insurance Committee where she handled health, life, and property/casualty insurance matters. Natalie has held a number of positions in NYS Government in both the Legislative and Executive Branch.Natalie received her B.S. in psychology from Union College and her J.D. from Albany Law School. Natalie has been a member of the NYS Bar since 2013. She resides in Manhattan.

 Uli Diaz, Secretary - Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield 

Alison B. Dorsey, Treasurer -  WellCare

Alison B. Dorsey is the Director, Government Affairs, for WellCare Health Plans, Inc. in New Jersey, responsible for legislative strategy. Alison has extensive experience in business development, government affairs, regulatory affairs and compliance in both commercial and Medicaid managed health care plans. She previously worked for Amerigroup, an Anthem company, in both New Jersey and Louisiana. Prior to that, she spent several years at Coventry Health Care, responsible for regulatory compliance and government affairs for four states, and oversaw business planning efforts to lay the foundation for Affordable Care Act compliance.

Alison was an inaugural member of the New Jersey Health Care Executive Leadership Academy, a multi-stakeholder effort to improve end of life care in New Jersey, and is the current Medicaid Committee Chairperson and a member of NJAHP’s Executive Board.

Alison received her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mishael Azam, UnitedHealth Group

Mishael Azam is a Vice President, External Affairs for UnitedHealth Group. She joined UHG in 2018 and is responsible for coordinating the public policy and political engagement activities for businesses in UnitedHealth Group across the states of New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Manager of Legislative Affairs at the Medical Society of New Jersey where she was responsible for overseeing the Society’s advocacy agenda, policy development program, fundraising, and internal operations. Previously, Ms. Azam served as the Director of Policy to the Majority Leader in the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office, where she crafted healthcare and other policy initiatives, working closely with the legislative and executive branches, as well as stakeholders and constituents. At the Majority Office, Ms. Azam also staffed the Assembly Health and Senior Services and the Assembly Budget Committee, as well as the Appropriations, Commerce and Economic Development and Environment and Solid Waste Committees. Prior to her five years at the Majority Office, Ms. Azam served as Associate Counsel at the Office of Legislative Services, the non-partisan research and legal arm of the New Jersey Legislature, in the Revenue, Finance and Appropriations Section.

Ms. Azam is an elected member of the Camden County Democratic Committee and an appointee to the Haddonfield Environmental Commission. She is a member of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey and the New Jersey Bar Association. She holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in English from Rutgers College. Ms. Azam is a New Jersey native who lives in Haddonfield with her husband, Jonathan.