Speaker Biographies


SALLY COBERLY is director of public policy with the Washington Business Group on Health.She provides overall leadership for WBGH’s public policy initiatives, edits WBGH’s Policy andMarketplace Trend Report, and manages policy issues related to ERISA, access, and deliverysystem reform. Prior to assuming her current duties at WBGH, she provided leadership inadvancing WBGH’s vision of health care delivery system reform organized systems of care.Before joining WBGH, Dr. Coberly was a senior research associate at the University of SouthernCalifornia’s Andrus Gerontology Center where she conducted research on a variety of aging andhealth care issues including long-term care systems development. She directed the AndrusCenter’s National Policy Center on Employment and Retirement from 1983 to 1985. Dr. Coberlyreceived her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California’s Center for Public Affairs. Sheholds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, also from the University of SouthernCalifornia, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas State University.

CATHERINE HOFFMAN is an associate director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid andthe Uninsured. She has focused her health services research career on differences in access tohealth care, particularly for vulnerable populations such as low-income families, the uninsured,and those with chronic health problems. Dr. Hoffman has held both research and analyticalpositions in several organizations including the Institute for Health and Aging at the University ofCalifornia-San Francisco, the Physician Payment Review Commission, and the Kaiser Commissionon the Future of Medicaid. She received her doctoral degree in health policy and managementfrom the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and builds her healthpolicy career on a foundation of clinical nursing practice.

EDWARD F. HOWARD is currently the Executive Vice President of the Alliance for Health Reform.Previously, he served as general counsel for the Pepper Commission. Before that, he directed public policy concerns at the Villers Foundation and at the National Council on the Aging, and served as general counsel to the House Select Committee on Aging. He holds a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

DIANE ROWLAND is executive vice president of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation andexecutive director of The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. She is also anassociate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns HopkinsUniversity School of Hygiene and Public Health, the president-elect of the Association for HealthServices Research, and a Brookdale senior fellow. Specializing in issues involving access to andfinancing of health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, Dr. Rowland has served on the staff ofthe House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, the Health CareFinancing Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services. She has alsoserved on a number of commissions and advisory boards, and has written extensively on healthand long-term care for poor and elderly people. Dr. Rowland holds a bachelor’s degree fromWellesley College, a master’s in public administration from the University of California-LosAngeles and a doctor of science degree in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins.



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