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Our Board of Directors

Meet the NJAHP Board of Directors.

Margaret M. Moree, 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.

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.

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.

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.