About NHC Membership

The National Health Council (NHC) is a stakeholder-informed, patient-focused organization that forges consensus among diverse organizations and drives patient-centered health policy.

It is the diversity of our more than 140 members that enables us to create a collaborative environment and put forward consensus public policy solutions that keep the patient central to all we do.

The NHC delivers a wide range of member services, including meetings and conferences, action teams, affinity groups, webinars, and projects to engage with us and network with each other.

Patient advocacy members meet the NHC Standards of Excellence®, demonstrating the highest degree of accountability and transparency.

United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

Professional and Membership Associations

About USP At USP everything they do is in service of their mission to help protect and improve the health of people around the world.

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WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

Voluntary Health Agencies

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the first and still only national organization solely devoted to supporting women living with heart

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Board Members

Nancy Brown

American Heart Association

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Tracey D. Brown, MBA, BChE

American Diabetes Association

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LaVarne A. Burton

American Kidney Fund

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Tanisha Carino, PhD

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Patricia Furlong

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

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Stevan W. Gibson

Lupus Foundation of America

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Paul Gionfriddo

Mental Health America

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Dory Kranz

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

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Staff

Susan Gaffney

Vice President of Membership, Development, and Operations

Susan Gaffney is the Vice President of Membership, Development, and Operations.

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Aimée Johnson

Administrative Assistant

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Marc M. Boutin, JD

Chief Executive Officer

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Eleanor M. Perfetto, PhD, MS

Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

was named Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the National Health Council (NHC) in July of 2015 and promoted to Executive Vice President in

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Mary Crowther

Associate, Development

Mary Crowther is the Associate, Development. Prior to joining the National Health Council in October 2019, she worked as the Deputy Finance Director for U.S.

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Jennifer Dexter

Director, Policy

is the Director, Policy. She has been working in the public policy field for more than 20 years. In her role, Dexter helps the National

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Eric Gascho

Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs

is the Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs. He has been with the National Health Council since August 2009. In his role, Gascho helps the

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Brian Harris

Administrative Assistant

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Christina Howerton, MA

Manager, Marketing and New Media

is the Manager, Communications and New Media. In her role at the NHC, she manages digital platforms including the website and social media properties. She

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Officers

Ann Palmer

Chairperson

Arthritis Foundation

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Diana Gray, MA

Vice Chairperson

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Gary M. Reedy

Chairperson-Elect

American Cancer Society

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Matt Eyles

Secretary

America’s Health Insurance Plans

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Steven Taylor, MBA

Immediate Past Chairperson

Sjögren’s Foundation 

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Former Chairs of the Board

Nancy Brown

American Heart Association

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LaVarne A. Burton

American Kidney Fund

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Steven Taylor, MBA

Immediate Past Chairperson

Sjögren’s Foundation 

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Interested in joining the NHC?

Please contact Katherine Scott, NHC’s Senior Manager of Membership and Certifications.