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1 SPEAKERS BIOs Steve Ashman works in the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Promoting Independence Office as the Project Director for the Money Follows the Person Demonstration. Steve is also the housing liaison to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and is the Housing Coordinator for the health and human services system. Before coming to DADS, Steve was the Director of the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. In that capacity, he was responsible for the management and operation of four Medicaid waiver programs, Personal Care Attendant programs, Adult Protective Services, Provider Certification and Compliance, Assisted Living Licensing, Nursing Home admissions and Quality Assurance. Steve also served as the Commissioner for the Alaska Commission on Aging, the State Director of the Alaska Unit on Aging, and was a board member on the Governors Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Alaska s State Independent Living Council and the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council. Steve also spent over ten years with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation as their Housing Relations Officer. In that capacity, Steve successfully worked with private developers and non-profit organizations to help build new supportive housing facilities for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Steven earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo, California. Bill Brooks is the Associate Regional Administrator for Medicaid and Children's Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Region VI. Bill has been with CMS for over 18 years with experience in every facet of Medicaid. He started his career with the agency under its former name, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) while working on his Master's degree in Accounting. His first job was as an institutional State Plan Amendment analyst, reviewing State programs for hospitals, nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded (ICFs/MR). He later moved on as a waiver analyst, reviewing cost data. He has also held the position of regional team lead for managed care and the manager for the Financial Management branch. Bill graduated with both a bachelor and master degree's in a 5-year program at the University of North Texas. C. Donald Babers was named Regional Administrator for Region VI of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 27, Prior to that time, he served as the Deputy Regional Director from April 2002 until his new appointment. He manages the operations of the HUD Regional Office in Fort Worth, Texas, and the 11 HUD Field Offices within the five states that comprise Region VI: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Mr. Babers has had a distinguished 40-year federal career, all of it with HUD. He began with the agency in June 1970 as an intern with the HUD Fort Worth Office. He next worked in HUD s Little Rock, Arkansas, Field Office as an Equal Opportunity Specialist, becoming the Acting Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. He then moved to the Dallas Field Office, where he held a number of managerial positions. He was the Dallas Field Office Director for 15 years. In 2002, he was appointed Deputy Regional Director of the Fort Worth Regional Office 1

2 and in 2006, the HUD Secretary appointed him as Recovery Advisor/Chairman of the Board of the Housing Authority of New Orleans, and tasked him with overseeing the City s public housing recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Babers held that position for two years. Mr. Babers is a member of the Dallas Mortgage Bankers Association, the Dallas Realtor Lender Committee, the Dallas Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. Mr. Babers awards include the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive, the highest award a career federal civil servant can receive, awarded in 2006, and the Interagency Resources Management Conference Award which he received in He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history and sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in Arlington, Texas, and currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his lovely wife, Shiela. Jennifer Burnett is the Director, Division of Community Systems Transformation, in the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Prior to her appointment at CMS in 2011, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Long-Term Living in Pennsylvania s Departments of Aging and Public Welfare, where she was responsible for overseeing long-term living programs for seniors and persons with disabilities. Prior to that position, she served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Long-Term Living and for 4 years in the Governor s Office of Health Care Reform, as the Strategic Operations Administrator for the Long-term Living project. Jen has been involved in systems change at the state and federal levels for more than two decades. Before her work in government, she built a successful consulting business, specializing in grant management, public relations and disability rights. Her clients included the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Statewide Independent Living Councils in Maryland and Pennsylvania, Speaking for Ourselves, National Council on Independent Living, the American Association of People with Disabilities and ADA Watch. As Project Director of PA Transition to Home, a nursing home transition demonstration funded by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, she built and administered a program for Pennsylvania. The project has been rolled out statewide to become a program serving thousands of people. Earlier in her career, Jen was involved in advocacy with older Pennsylvanians, including the passage of the Older Adult Protective Services law and other improvements to services for older people. Henry Claypool has 25 years of experience developing and implementing disability policy at the federal, state, and local level, and also has personal experience with the nation s health system as a person with a disability. Claypool sustained a spinal injury over 25 years ago. In the years following his injury, he relied on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, which enabled him to complete his Bachelor s degree at the University of Colorado. After completing his degree, he spent five years working for a Center for Independent Living, after which he became the Director of the Disability Services office at the University of Colorado- Boulder. Mr. Claypool served as the Policy Director at Independence Care System, a managed long-term care provider in New York City. Mr. Claypool has advised the federal government on disability policy for several years. From , he held various advisory positions at the US Department of Health and Human Services, including Senior Advisor for Disability Policy to the Administrator of the Centers for 2

3 Medicare and Medicaid Services during the Clinton administration. From , he served as a Senior Advisor in the Social Security Administration s Office of Disability and Income Support Programs. Mr. Claypool was also appointed by Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia to serve on the Commonwealth s Health Reform Commission in Timothy Cortez has 14 years experience working with health care delivery for the elderly and for individuals with disabilities. He has extensive knowledge of health care delivery redesign models, healthy aging programs and the Medicaid long term care system in Colorado. He is currently the supervisor of the Long Term Care Reform Unit at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). In this capacity he is the Project Director for the Colorado Choice Transitions, which is Colorado s Money Follows the Person initiative. He served as a program officer at the Colorado Health Foundation overseeing grants related to quality improvement and patient-centered care in various delivery systems, care coordination/ integration projects for vulnerable populations and chronic care. He is a retired veteran of the US Army Reserves, where he specialized in medical logistics. Jackie Glaze is the Associate Regional Administrator (ARA) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Division of Medicaid and Children s Health Operations for Region IV-Atlanta. As the ARA, Ms. Glaze manages and leads a team of professionals responsible for providing federal oversight and monitoring of state Medicaid and Children s Health Insurance Programs. Functions of the Division include: State Plan Amendment (SPA) review and compliance monitoring; Medicaid financial management operations; Medicaid waiver program development, implementation and monitoring; Children s Health Insurance Program implementation and compliance; Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) certifications; liaison with state Medicaid agencies on Native American/Tribal affairs; and technical support to state Medicaid agencies. Jackie has been with CMS for 20 years. Marc S. Gold is currently the Special Advisory for Policy and Promoting Independence and director of Texas Olmstead response, which is called the Promoting Independence Initiative. In this position at the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), he oversees the state s comprehensive response to the 1999 Supreme Court ruling across the entire health and human services system and coordinating efforts for exploring Affordable Care Provisions as they relate to long-term services and supports.. In addition, Mr. Gold is directing Texas Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Money Follows the Person demonstration. Prior to his current position, Mr. Gold was Director of the Long-Term Care Policy Division at the then- Department of Human Services (DHS). In that capacity, Mr. Gold was responsible for the policy/regulations for both institutional and community-based services including: nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, licensure for intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation (ICFs/MR), home and community support services agencies (HCSSAs), community-based programs, adult day care, and hospice, as well as program operations for the Alzheimer s program and Rehabilitative Services. Mr. Gold currently is appointed to the (TX) Governor s Commission for Persons with Disabilities, 3

4 the State Independent Living Council, vice-chair of the Texas Interagency Homeless Council, and the Housing and Health Services Coordinating Council. In addition, Mr. Gold is on the long-term service committee to the National Academy for State Health Policy. He has graduate degrees from Emory University and Columbia University in psychopharmacology and neuropsychology. Mr. Gold has twenty-seven years of state governmental experience in the field of long-term services and supports. Regenia Y. Hawkins, PIH Director, U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development, Office of Public Housing, Fort Worth, TX, has over 25 years of professional and volunteer experience in the social services field and serving communities. She has worked for elected officials as an Office Manager in District 30 Congressional Office for U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and 6 years as the Chief of Staff for the former Texas House of Representative Harryette Ehrhardt. Prior to her employment with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Public Housing, Ms. Hawkins worked as the Director of Housing for the Dallas County Housing Agency. She was responsible for supervising the housing staff and managing the day to day operation of the agency s 3, 800 Housing Choice Voucher program. As the Director of the Fort Worth Office of Public Housing, she supervises 24 housing professionals and her team provides monitoring and management oversight for 268 public housing agencies which consists of both Housing Choice Voucher and Low Rent programs and 10 public housing authorities who administer the HUD-VASH program. She works collaboratively with other HUD program offices in Region VI and housing associations in the State of Texas to ensure that the department s mission is accomplished and customers receive the highest level of professional service. She has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree from Northeast Louisiana University. Jessica Hickey is the Technical Director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Dallas Regional Office, Division of Medicaid and Children s Health. Previous to this position, she served as the lead for a team of analysts who work on Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers, Medicaid Managed Care programs, and the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Jessica has been with CMS since 2005 and previously worked for the U.S. Department of Veteran s Affairs, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, as a Presidential Management Fellow. Before entering federal service, Jessica worked for several community non-profits in the Dallas area as a health educator. In 2009, Jessica completed her doctorate in public administration at the University of Texas at Dallas and also holds a masters degree in public health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Velveta Golightly Howell is Regional Manager (RM) of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Region VIII. As RM, Velveta is responsible for civil rights and HIPAA enforcement in six states, including Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota. Before assuming her current position, Velveta served as Chief Regional Civil Rights Attorney for HHS. Velveta is an honors graduate of Tuskegee Institute, where she earned a Bachelor s degree in Political 4

5 Science. Velveta has a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado (CU) School of Law, and a Master s in Public Administration from CU s Graduate School of Public Affairs. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver and the Federal Executive Institute and is certified for the Senior Executive Service. Velveta is licensed to practice law in New York and Colorado. Before joining federal service, Velveta practiced as a criminal prosecutor and civil trial attorney. Active in the legal and her community, Velveta founded and served as the first president of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Black Women Attorneys (NABWA). Subsequently, she served as NABWA s Regional Representative and First Vice-President. Velveta formerly served as a mayoral appointee to the Personnel Merit Commission (Broomfield); an appointed member of the Colorado Blue Ribbon Healthcare Reform Vulnerable Populations Task Force, a member of the Deans Committee on Law School Diversity, and an appointed member of the Victim Assistance Law Enforcement (VALE) Board for the Second Judicial District. As a child advocate, she has worked with a variety of child-centered organizations, including Jack & Jill of America, where she served on the Executive Board, Partners and Adopt-a-School. Velveta has received numerous awards during her career, including that of Distinguished Regional Administrator in Edward Ed Jennings, Jr., Region IV Regional Administrator. Prior to accepting the appointment as the HUD Southeast Regional Administrator, Jennings service in the Florida House garnered several awards including being named one of Florida Trend Magazine s Top Seven Freshman in the Legislature, and Affordable Housing Advocate of the Year. Throughout his legislative career, he served on various committees including the Vice Chair of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the Commerce Council. During his House tenure, he served as a Fannie Mae Fellow at Harvard s Kennedy School of Government in the Senior Executives and State/Local Elected Officials Program. He was elected by his peers to be the Chair of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Conference of Black State Legislators. Jennings founded his real estate development firm in 1997 which became an economic vehicle for revitalizing East Gainesville. As a business leader seeking to make a significant impact in his community, Jennings served on the boards of the: Alachua County Public Schools Foundation, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Builder s Association of North Central Florida, African American Accountability Alliance, and the United Way. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida. During his tenure at the University of Florida, he also served as President of Florida s most prestigious leadership honorary, Florida Blue Key. Holly Knight is the Public Housing Hub Director for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Mississippi State Office. Not only has she been an active advocate for affordable housing development throughout the State, she has been assisting with disaster recovery along the MS Gulf Coast. She has served in many positions since she joined the Department since Mrs. Knight joined the Department as a Community Builder in Washington, DC working in the office of the National Director for the Community Builder Fellowship. Mrs. Knight worked on several Secretarial and 5

6 White House initiatives including, Bridging the Digital Divide, and the Shared Visions, Pine Ridge Housing Summit. Mrs. Knight served in HUD s Community Planning and Development as an Economic Development Specialist in the Great Plains Region. In her capacity as the Region s Economic Development Specialist she worked with Entitlement Cities, counties, and states, as well as development authorities to utilize the Community Development Block Grant, HUD s Section 108 Loan Guarantee program, Economic Development Initiative (EDI), Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) as well as several grant programs to bring economic development and low income housing to communities in the Mid-West. Mrs. Knight has numerous years of experience administering Federal, state, and local grants as well as Foundation funding.. Mrs. Knight has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northwestern State University, in Natchitoches, LA. She has a Public Administration Certification from Harvard University, School of Government. Mrs. Knight was the Departments nominee for the Service to America Medal and the 2006 winner of the William A. Jump Award for exemplary service in Public Administration. She served on the National Board of Advisors for Public Housing Field Operations and on the Public Housing Leadership Program Council. Kate King has worked on health and long-term care (LTC) policy issues for 35 years in state and federal government, academia, and the Institute of Medicine. Currently with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), she develops and implements policies and initiatives to balance the mix of services, funding and system infrastructure between LTC institutional and community-based services; leads CMS community workforce and housing initiatives for individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions, and co-chairs the Workforce Workgroup, which is part of DHHS Secretary Sebelius s Community Living Initiative. Prior to coming to CMS, she worked for the Maryland Medicaid Agency as the Division Chief for Special Populations, helped implement managed care for Medicaid recipients with disabilities and chronic conditions, and directed several LTC balancing initiatives. She researched and wrote policy papers for national experts deliberating major health care issues at the Institute of Medicine prior to pursuing doctoral studies at Brandeis University, during which time she also consulted for major health policy organizations. Evelyn Meininger is the Region VIII Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has directed the Region VIII office since May 2002 and is the ranking HUD fair housing official in the six states of Colorado, Montana, Utah, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. In this position, Ms. Meininger is responsible under Title VIII of the Fair Housing Act, as amended, (The Act) to ensure the timely acceptance and filing of complaints alleging housing discrimination and the unbiased investigation of the complaints against both public and private housing and housing financing providers. Additional responsibilities include over seeing the monitoring and compliance of federally funded housing providers in their use of federal housing funds under civil rights authorities including The Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title VI if the Civil Rights Act. Additionally, Ms. 6

7 Meininger is committed to furthering community partnerships to maximize fair housing education and equal access to housing and housing services. Justin Ormsby is currently the Director of the HUD Regional Office of Public Housing, in Fort Worth, Texas. In this capacity Justin is responsible for HUD s PIH activities in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas with offices in Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, New Orleans, San Antonio, Houston, and Fort Worth. Justin also has served as an active participant in HUD s Recovery efforts after recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, in the resolution of major housing litigation in East Texas, and has served on several occasions as Receiver or Board for Housing Authorities under HUD Receivership. Mr. Ormsby has over 35 years experience in local, regional, state, and federal government administration. His undergraduate education was in Political Science and he has engaged in advanced studies in Public Administration. Estelle Richman serves as Acting Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this role, Richman manages the day-to-day operations of the agency, with a particular focus on the transformation of HUD's human capital, procurement, and information technology function. She also contributes important expertise to the efforts underway to break down internal agency silos. After more than 30 years of public service, Richman joined HUD from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare where she served as Secretary of Public Welfare for 7 years. She also served as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia and previously Director of Social Services for the City of Philadelphia. Other positions held by Richman include the City of Philadelphia's Commissioner of Public Health and Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; and Assistant Director with the Positive Education Program in Cleveland, Ohio, a day treatment program for children with behavior problems. A nationally recognized expert on issues of behavioral health and children's services, Richman has been honored for advocacy efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association, among others. She is also the recipient of the 1998 Ford Foundation/Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government. In addition, the Behavioral Health System named her the winner of the 1999 Innovations in American Government from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Richman received her master's degree from Cleveland State University. Chris Roe is the Homeless Programs Specialist Persons with Disabilities for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing. He has been with DOH for almost fourteen years. He provides technical assistance and program support for homeless programs, writes grants to fund housing resources, meets with organizations throughout the state to begin to develop housing projects, researches resources for developing housing and generally tries to facilitate the development of housing resources for persons with disabilities throughout the state of Colorado. He has administered the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, Project Based Voucher Program, Shelter Plus Care Program, the Section 8 Mod Rehab Program, and works with 7

8 organizations to develop housing resources for persons with special needs. Prior to coming to SHHP Chris worked for nine years as a therapist and supervisor for the day treatment program for persons with major mental illness at Arapahoe Mental Health Center. While working at AMHC he assisted in transitioning the day treatment program to a psycho-social rehab model, helped initiate one of the first community case management models for treatment of severely psychiatrically disabled, and developed one of the first supported work programs housed at a mental health center in Colorado. He also worked for nine years supervising programs that provide housing counseling and transitional housing at Community Housing Services, Inc (CHSI). While he worked at CHSI, the agency developed collaborative projects through out Metro-Denver. Under his supervision, CHSI developed two of the first Tenant Based Rental Assistance Programs using HOME monies and McKinney Act Funding, two innovative loan programs to assist homeless families and provided housing advocacy to thousands of people. Chris has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. John E. V. Sorensen, is a Project Officer & Contract Officer Representative, Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, and Capacity Building Initiative, in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Medicaid, CHIP, and Survey & Certification (CMCS), Division of Community Systems Transformation. John has been an advocate all his life, first for himself, and later as the leader of a statewide, self-advocate, disability rights group in Maryland. Under his leadership the group became a force at the legislature, in the State s Medicaid offices and numerous other areas affecting the lives of Marylanders with physical and developmental disabilities. Through his involvement in disability rights, John became involved in National disability policy issues as well. Also, John has helped create the new Minimum Data Set (MDS 3.0) Section Q. David Wright, Deputy Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-Dallas. David entered CMS through the Presidential Management Internship program in June During his nineteen years with the agency, he has worked in provider terminations, beneficiary services, media relations, Medicare policy, State Representative, hospital team lead, Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator, Manager of the Long Term Care Enforcement Branch, and Associate Regional Administrator for the Division of Survey and Certification. David currently serves as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the CMS-Dallas Regional Office. David received his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Texas A&M University, and his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. Consumer Bios Angelia Cleamons underwent an abrupt role change when she had a stroke in late As a long-time caregiver to her mother and older sister, she was their lifeline to community living. Suddenly, as a young woman of 47, she required care. She checked herself into a nursing home and worked on regaining her independent living skills. In November of 2011, following an 11 month stay in a nursing facility, she left the facility for her own apartment. 8

9 Jean Crawford is a participant in the Non-Elderly Disabled Category 2 program in Austin, TX. Jean was a graduate of UT Austin with a major in Geography, Cartography and Oceanography. She loves the outdoors and worked as a case worker in the Texas Youth Council s Wilderness Therapeutic Camping program. She was a foster mother to 23 children before her son was born. She loves arts and crafts, making many projects for family and fairs. Jean entered the nursing home in January 2010 after complications that made it difficult for her to remain in her own. In October 2011, after nearly 2 years in the nursing home, Jean transitioned into her own apartment. Consultants Bios Kelly Buckland is the Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL). He is a person with a disability who has been actively involved in disability issues since He served for over twenty years as the Executive Director of the Boise CIL, Living Independence Network Corp. and the Idaho State Independent Living Council. He has served on the Idaho Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Employment and Training Council, and the State Help America Vote Act Steering Committee. He has worked on issues affecting people with disabilities, including passage of the Personal Assistance Services Act and the Fathers and Mothers Independently Living with their Youth (FAMILY) Child Custody Laws. Additionally, Kelly has a long history with NCIL. He has served on numerous NCIL Legislative and Advocacy Subcommittees and other standing NCIL committees, the NCIL Governing Board since 1998, as NCIL Vice-President from , and as NCIL President from 2005 to Donald P. Chamberlain, CPA is a housing consultant, who has worked with most federal and state financing mechanisms to create a range of rental housing options for adults with physical and mental health disabilities, and serving traditionally underserved communities. He has delivered HOPWA and homeless TA in communities all across the US and Puerto Rico; conducted community-based planning efforts for AIDS housing and homeless collaborations in 10 states; co-authored, edited and published more than 2 dozen guides, curricula and web-based resources for use by HUD grantees; led efforts to create 10-year plans to prevent and end homelessness in California and Washington; organized 5 national conferences on HIV/AIDS housing; and managed Building Changes national TA program for seventeen years. Currently, he is the owner and principal consultant for Sound Thinking. In 2004, Mr. Chamberlain implemented an innovative public-private partnership to end family homelessness in WA State, the Washington Families Fund. He was responsible for the design and development of the grant making, monitoring, evaluation and technical assistance components of the Fund, which has made 5- and 10-year funding commitments to more than 3 dozen housing/service partnerships statewide, granting more than $16 million in its first 4 years. He received his bachelor degree from Colorado College, studied landscape design and planning at the Conway School of Landscape Design, and is a certified public accountant. 9

10 He serves as First Vice Chair of the board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition and chairs its Housing Plus Services policy committee. Emily Cooper is a Senior Associate in TAC s Housing Group with more than 17 years of experience supporting State and local cross-system collaborative efforts to expand affordable and accessible housing for people with the most significant and long term disabilities and chronic conditions. She will provide TA on Tasks 3 and 5. She is the nation s leading expert in HUD s five disability voucher set-aside programs (Project Access, the Mainstream Voucher program, two Designated voucher programs and the VASH program for homeless veterans) and led TAC s HUD-funded TA program to support PHA implementation. Ms. Cooper has provided more than 100 trainings, workshops and Webinars to local communities on HUD s housing programs and policies and manages TAC s Melville Charitable Trust funded TA program targeted to PHAs applying for new HUD MFP disability vouchers. Ms. Cooper has co-authored more than 20 TAC articles and publications on affordable and accessible housing options for people with disabilities including: TAC s Section 8 Made Simple, the HUD-funded publication Strategies to Help People with Disabilities Be Successful in the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Piecing It Altogether: A Guide to the Consolidated Plan, and Priced Out, TAC s bi-annual housing affordability study. Prior to joining TAC, Ms. Cooper worked for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development administering multiple federally-funded service-enriched housing programs and was liaison to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Ann V. Denton, M.Ed., Deputy Director, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) is a nationally recognized leader in housing for people with psychiatric disabilities and people who are homeless and is an expert on effective systems and interventions for persons with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She develops training products; leads training teams; and provides training and TA to States and communities in many areas, including housing development, funding and implementation of evidence-based practices, permanent supportive housing, services and supports for people with disabilities, and access to mainstream services. Recently, Ms. Denton played a key role in development of SAMHSA s new Permanent Supportive Housing Toolkit. She leads the AHP team providing targeted consultation, training, data analysis, and materials development for CSAT s CHAB Treatment for Homelessness grantees well as CMHS SSH grantees. Ms. Denton conducts site visits to new grantees as well as TA and training those grantees who need additional support to achieve program objectives. She is Project Director for the CMHS PATH Site Monitoring program, for which she has led nearly 30 site visits. Ms. Denton was previously Director of the Austin Office of the Enterprise Foundation, where she led a statewide TA and training project to increase the number of integrated housing units accessible and affordable for people with disabilities. She has an M.Ed., Counseling & Psychological Services, Georgia State University, and B.A., Psychology, State University of New York. Martha Egan serves as the Director of Housing Services at The Coordinating Center. In her capacity as Director she has created a program which provides housing services for 10

11 the Maryland Medicaid Living at Home (LAH) Waiver program. Ms Egan has been responsible for the initiation, development, coordination and implementation of all policies, procedures and activities related to locating and securing affordable housing for individuals living in nursing facilities who wish to transition into their own homes and communities. Providing individual housing counseling and housing assistance to assist people with disabilities in obtaining appropriate housing in the community based on needs and preferences, Ms Egan has successfully leased up hundreds of individuals moving them out of nursing facilities. Ernest McKenney has more than 36 years of experience in the design, implementation, and management of Medicaid long-term living services. Mr. McKenney has provided consultation to policy research and management consulting firms, States, and providers on maximizing Medicaid funding, designing programs to meet individual consumer needs, and improving cost effectiveness in administration and delivery of long-term care services. Projects include analysis of multiple waiver programs with recommendations for program consolidation and closing service gaps, providing technical support to States drafting new Federal waivers or amending existing waivers, analysis of intake and eligibility systems with recommendations for improved targeting of limited government resources, new product research, and consultation on State and Federal legislation. Mr. McKenney was Director of Medicaid Administration in the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR) for 10 years and was responsible for policy development and program management for Medicaid services provided to persons with severe mental illness and developmental disabilities. Before that, at the Texas Department of Human Services, he had statewide responsibility for community-based programs serving elderly and persons with disabilities. Mr. McKenney also served on the APHSA Long-term Care-Technical Assistance Group, which advises CMS on long-term care policy and on CMS workgroups. He has B.S.B.A., Economics, Texas Tech University. Stephanie Mensh is a project director for New Editions Consulting, Inc. She has more than 20 years experience in managing and directing large scale projects and coordinating and communicating with agency officials at all government levels. She has substantive expertise in Medicaid, supportive services for independent living, housing programs for people with disabilities and chronic conditions, and in coordinating local-level human services systems and housing. She has experience in evidence-based practices, quality measures, and clinical practice guidelines. She is a prolific policy analyst, writer and editor with clinical, professional, and consumer publication and presentation credits. Her accomplishments include managing a special project for the HHS Office on Disability on medical home collaboration throughout HHS agencies; managing collaboration between CMS and the medical device industry on competitive bidding for durable medical equipment; serving as Consumer representative on the National Quality Forum s Steering Committee for stroke care quality measures; and advising on community support services and housing programs as an appointee to the Fairfax County (Virginia) Human Services Council. She is an expert in Medicare and private health insurance reimbursement policies. Ms. Mensh has a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.), 11

12 George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and a B.A., Political Science & English, The American University, Washington, DC. Lisa Sloane, MPA, is a Senior Associate, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc (TAC). Ms. Sloane manages and provides consulting services for state housing and service initiatives that provide direct policy, training and implementation support to state/local agencies and service providers implementing best practice housing and supports for people with disabilities. Ms. Sloane has over 25 years of experience working across housing and human services agencies to develop affordable housing programs for very-low-income people with disabilities and their families including people who are homeless. She has worked in state and local government agencies, local and national nonprofit organizations, assisting housing and human services agencies to collaborate on the development of programs for low-income households. This experience includes extensive experience with lease up of affordable housing programs. Patricia Tucker, M.B.A., M.A., Program Associate, AHP trains CMHS grantees to use the agency s Web-based TRAC system for performance monitoring. She also trains and provides TA on supportive housing and supported employment for the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency as part of a Michigan Department of Community Health program to assist individuals with severe disabilities and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. In addition to her work at AHP, Ms. Tucker teaches courses in supportive housing principles at Wright College in Chicago. Before joining AHP, Ms. Tucker spent more than 20 years working in all levels of the supportive housing industry and was instrumental in developing programs that moved the blended management model to an operational level. She is intimately familiar with operations in the property management, social services, and employment divisions of supportive housing programs, and has served in a senior management capacity that required a visionary, big picture approach in addition to managing daily operations. She has an M.B.A., Executive Masters Program, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and M.A., Industrial Psychology, Roosevelt University. 12

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