April 6, 2018
Secretary Azar Announces Appointments for the Department of Health and Human Services
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs –Judy Stecker began her tenure yesterday as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. Stecker came to the Department from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she served as Executive Director of Media Relations and Strategic Marketing. At AEI, she was responsible for developing strategic media and marketing plans, implementing and evaluating publicity tools, brand management and crisis communications. Prior to joining AEI, Stecker served as Senior Media Associate for Broadcast Services at the Heritage Foundation. Before that, she was Director of Communications for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Director of Communications for Vets for Freedom.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs – Jeff Rosenberg began his tenure last week as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. Rosenberg has more than 30 years of providing high-level strategic communications guidance to government agencies and leading nonprofit organizations and foundations. Before joining the Department, he most recently served as an Executive Vice President at Crosby Marketing Communications, directing major integrated communications programs. Prior to this position, Rosenberg served as the President and Owner of Rosenberg Communications, his own firm, a full-service communications practice. Additionally, during President George H. W. Bush’s Administration, Mr. Rosenberg previously served at the Department as Director of Communications, Acting Associate Commissioner for Head Start, and Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration – HHS Deputy General Counsel Heather Flick has been named the acting Assistant Secretary for Administration – a role she will fill until a new Assistant Secretary for Administration is named. Flick started with the Department as part of the beachhead team as Deputy General Counsel, was promoted to Principal Deputy General Counsel; she served as Acting General Counsel until the General Counsel Robert Charrow was confirmed by the Senate. Before her service with the Department, Flick was of counsel with Dhillon Law Group in San Francisco and owner of The Flick Group practicing corporate law, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, licensing, employment law, IP protection and arbitration.
Deputy Administrator and Director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) – Adam Boehler joins the Department next week in the role of Deputy Administrator and Director of CMMI. Boehler is the former CEO and founder of Landmark Health – a company focused on delivering medical services to the most chronically ill patients. Boehler is the founder of Avalon Health Solutions – a leading provider of laboratory benefit management services in the country. Boehler was a board member and founder of TrellisRx, a built-for-purpose company that partners with health systems to fund, build, and operate specialty pharmacies. Additionally, Boehler was an Operating Partner at Francisco Partners a leading global private equity firm focused on healthcare technology and services investing, including both the incubation of built-for-purpose companies and execution of transactions involving established, high-growth businesses.
Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Drug Pricing Reform – Dan Best began his tenure this week as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Drug Pricing Reform. A highly accomplished, healthcare industry executive, Best is an expert on both the pharmaceutical landscape and the Medicare Part D program. He recently served as the Corporate Vice President of Industry Relations for CVSHealth’s Medicare Part D business. Prior to working at CVS, Best spent 12 years at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.