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Our Board of Directors

Meet the NJAHP Board of Directors.

Larry Lewis, Aetna

Larry Lewis Jr. is Director of Aetna State Government Affairs covering the states of New Jersey and Delaware.  Assuming this role in January 2009, Larry has responsibility for the development and implementation of the company’s legislative strategy at the state level.  Additionally he oversees the state advocacy and communications before state regulators as well as local governments.  He is the immediate past chairman of the board for New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) and currently serves as Treasurer.

Prior to joining Aetna, Larry spent several years working in both the Executive and Legislative branches of state government.  He served in the Office of Governor Jon S. Corzine as Assistant Chief of Staff after having held the post of Cabinet Liaison.  In the Legislature he was the Legislative Policy Director to two members of the General Assembly, and served as their Campaign Manager of their reelection in 2005.  During his tenure he worked on a wide array of legislative issues ranging from health care to military and veterans affairs.

Larry also was previously an Associate with the government relations firm MBI GluckShaw in Trenton, NJ.   Before entering his various roles in the public sector Larry worked in financial services with The Vanguard Group providing financial guidance and education on retirement planning.   Larry is very active in his community sitting on the executive board of various non-profit community based organizations.  He resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Michele Jaker,  Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield 

Michele Jaker is a Government Affairs Director at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. In this role, Ms. Jaker represents Horizon BCBSNJ before the New Jersey Legislature and various New Jersey Departments and agencies.

Prior to joining Horizon BCBSNJ, Ms. Jaker, an attorney, served as the Government Relations Director for Amerigroup in New Jersey (Anthem, Inc.) and on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.

Before joining Amerigroup, Ms. Jaker founded MJ Strategies, a public affairs, lobbying and communications firm. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jaker worked as the Chief of Staff to Senator Joseph Vitale. She served as the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey and the Family Planning Association of New Jersey.

Ms. Jaker has degrees in political science and history from Douglass College at Rutgers University, as well as an M.S. in public policy from the Eagleton Institute/Bloustein School at Rutgers University, and a law degree from Rutgers University – Newark. She has been a member of the New Jersey Bar Association since 2001. Ms. Jaker resides in Middlesex County.

Gregory Acquaviva,  UnitedHealth Group 

Greg is Vice President, State Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group.  In that capacity, Greg serves as UnitedHealth Group’s lead for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, overseeing government advocacy and communication for all UnitedHealth Group lines of business in those states.

Immediately prior, Greg served as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno where, as a senior member of the Christie Administration, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of both the Office of Lieutenant Governor and the New Jersey Department State, focusing on coordinating and implementing statewide economic growth and job creation strategies across cabinet and executive branch departments and agencies, outside business partners and the higher education community.  Immediately prior, Greg served as an Assistant Counsel in the Governor’s Office, where he advised Governor Chris Christie on environmental, energy, and agricultural issues.

In addition to private practice for international and regional law firms where he worked on complex, commercial litigation — including multi-billion dollar lawsuits — Greg clerked for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable James R. Zazzali, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Greg lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey with his wife and three daughters.

Ryan J. Petrizzi,  AmeriHealth New Jersey

Ryan Petrizzi is vice president of consumer markets and sales operations for AmeriHealth New Jersey. In his role, he is responsible for end-to-end oversight and accountability of consumer markets, membership growth and retention within the consumer markets including sales forecasting and the development and execution of the consumer market strategic plan. In addition, Petrizzi is responsible for product development, product implementation, sales support, healthcare reform and strategies and departmental project oversight for all market segments.

Previously, Ryan was director of sales operations and small markets for AmeriHealth New Jersey, where he oversaw AmeriHealth New Jersey’s product management and sales operations teams as well as small group and individual market sales segments throughout the state.

As one of only three carriers on the Individual and SHOP Marketplaces in New Jersey, AmeriHealth New Jersey’s profile has been heightened significantly and Ryan has played a valuable role in shaping the company’s health care reform exchange strategy. He consistently ensures a cohesive relationship between the sales organization and key operational areas so they can seamlessly meet customers’ needs. He was also responsible for ensuring AmeriHealth New Jersey’s suite of products were reform compliant, and ready when the Marketplaces went live in October 2013.

Prior to AmeriHealth New Jersey, Ryan was a managing partner in a consulting firm and has held various sales-related roles with Aetna US Healthcare throughout New Jersey and Delaware. He holds a B.S. in both marketing and corporate communications from Albright College.

Susan Tully Abdo, Cigna

Susan Tully Abdo recently joined Cigna as Director State Government Affairs for NY, NJ, PA and DE, based in Albany, NY. Susan spent 14 years at Aetna initially serving as a Senior Director, Northeast Government Affairs and eventually serving as Vice President Government and Labor Relations for the Northeast Region. Prior to that, she served as Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff in the New York State Legislature. For the past two years, Susan has worked for the New York State Thruway Authority as its Ethics Officer and Assistant Counsel. Susan holds a BS from Union College, a JD from Albany Law School and a MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College.

Cort Adelman, WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Cort Adelman serves as Director, Government Affairs for WellCare Health Plans, Inc.  In this position, Cort represents WellCare before New Jersey policymakers and stakeholders.

Prior to WellCare, Cort was Deputy Director, State Government Affairs for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, responsible for advocacy on state legislative and regulatory matters.  Cort previously served as Legislative Director and Counsel to various members of the New Jersey General Assembly.

Cort earned his law degree from Rutgers School of Law and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors in Political Science.

Cort has participated in the Council of State Governments’ Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy Fellowship and the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowship.  Cort currently serves on the advisory board of the New Leaders Council – New Jersey chapter and as an officer of the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Alumni Committee.

Cort lives in Moorestown with his wife, Sarah.

Patrick Gillespie, Anthem Inc.,

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.