Montgomery Cares Advisory Board
MISSION: The mission of the Montgomery Cares Advisory Board (MCAB) is to guide the development of the Montgomery Cares Program to ensure steady and measurable growth in the number of uninsured County residents accessing high quality and efficient health care services including primary, specialty, dental and behavioral health care services.
MEMBERSHIP: The legislation defines that the Board must have seventeen (17) voting members including two ex-officio members:
1. The County Health Officer or designee;
2. The DHHS Chief of Behavioral Health Services or designee.
Members who should be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council include:
3. Two representatives of community health providers that participate in the Program;
4. One representative of hospitals that participate in the Program;
5. The chair of the Board of Directors or designee of the entity that contract with the Department to administer the distribution of funds for the deliver of Program services;
6. Three members of the public;
7. Four individuals who have knowledge of and experience with issues relating to health care for the uninsured
8. One representative of the Commission on Health;
9. One representative of the County Medical Society; and
10. Two recipients of services (Consumer Representatives)
Montgomery Cares Advisory Board Members
Designee of the Chair of the Board of the Primary Care Coalition
Lynda Honberg is currently a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and has over 30 years experience in the private and public health sectors. She is recognized as an expert on the issues of improving the financing and delivery of care to underserved populations. In her current position, Ms. Honberg is responsible for several grant programs focused on improving the system of services for children and youth with special health care needs, including access to a medical home.
Lynda's other positions within the Public Health Service have included the HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Bureau of Primary Health Care, where she developed training and technical assistance programs to build the capacity of community health centers, health care for the homeless programs and Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act funded community based programs. For several years, she also worked in the Office of Health Maintenance Organizations managing grants to develop and finance health plans.
In the private sector, Ms. Honberg worked for eight years as the Director of Operations and Planning for the George Washington University Health Plan of Washington, D.C. where she was responsible for strategic planning, provider relations and health center operations. Her other experiences include developing an IPA for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of the National Capital Area and advising employers and unions on health benefit packages.
Lynda has a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Bachelors in Health Education from State University of New York at Cortland. She is a parent of a young adult with special health care needs and is involved in many community activities.
Okianer Christian Dark, JD
Member of the Public
Okianer Christian Dark is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C. where she specializes in torts, product liability and health law. She has been in legal education for 16 years. Associate Dean Dark has published articles primarily in the torts area on topics involving dignitary torts, product liability matters as well as a series of articles on race, gender and the legal academy.
She was formerly an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon and a trial attorney in the Antitrust and Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. She has had a total of 11 years as a litigator. Associate Dean Dark is very committed to the area of health law. While she was in Oregon she was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Health Foundation, which supports advances and promotes the health of the people of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
She teaches Health Ethics at the Howard University Medical School as a part of an interdisciplinary team of professionals. She currently is the past Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Health in Maryland. The Commission’s top priorities for a number of years have been access to primary care for Montgomery County residents and the reduction (or elimination) of racial and ethnic health disparities in our community.
Stephen W. Gammarino
Member of the Public
Stephen W. Gammarino is a Healthcare Executive who has successfully led multiple business enterprises of a large national health plan. He currently provides advice and counsel to healthcare related enterprises in the public and private sector. His experience and expertise include: Strategic Planning, Marketing, Product Development, Finance, Operations, Information Systems, Communications, Medical Management, Care Coordition, Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Customer Service, Pharmacy Management and Contract Negotiation.
Steve Gammarino was Senior Vice President of National Programs for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for almost 15 years where he oversaw BCBSA's Federal Employee Program (FEP). In addition, he directed Blue Cross and Blue Shield's National Labor Office, which coordinates numerous programs with the leadership of national labor organizations. Among numerous industry affiliations, Gammarino was a board member and former chairman of the URAC Board of Directors, a healthcare accrediting organization.
Sybil Greenhut, APRN, BC
Designee of the Chief of DHHS-Behavioral Health and Crisis Services
Sybil Greenhut is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist who is presently the Program Manager of Mental Health Services for seniors and Persons with Disabilities. In that role, she is responsible for monitoring five contracts providing mental health services to these populations and act as the mental health consultant to Aging and Disability Services staff. She is also a member of the Center for Continuous Learning Training Committee, which enables me to bring training on mental health topics to DHHS staff and our community partners. In addition, she speaks on senior behavioral health issues to DHHS staff, students, and at state mental health and addiction conferences.
She participates in many projects and programs which attempt to improve the quality of mental health services for seniors such as the MD MHA Transformation Grant Aging in Place Taskforce, the DHHS Task Force of Hoarding Behaviors, the PHS Taskforce on establishing a Recuperative Care program, and the Commission on Aging efforts to establish a Geriatric Behavioral Health treatment Team and establish assisted living facilities with the capacity to work with clients with co-morbid mental health and somatic issues.
Her clinical background consists of 12 years of work as a psychiatric nurse on both psychiatric and substance use inpatient units at Montgomery General Hospital, 8 years as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Rockville Mental Health Center, and 11 years in her present position. Her diverse experience with different clinical issues and different populations has made her appreciate the importance of integrated care The Montgomery Cares Behavioral Health Program is such a model using Collaborative Care to bring mental health services into the somatic setting which is frequently the setting that seniors feel the most comfortable.
As of May 2011, she earned her Master Degree in Business at Washington Adventist University (WAU). In December 2009 she earned her Bachelor Science in Business degree at Columbia Union College (CUC). As of March 2012, she has completed the requirements for my BS in Organization Management at WAU, and earned Project Management Certificates at Montgomery College along with experience.
She has more than 20 years of work experience as an Administrator, Project Assistant, and as the Vice President Assistant. Over the years she has enjoyed working with community service activities. She is blessed to have the opportunity to be on the Montgomery Cares Board over the past months has been one of her most enlighten experiences. Giving back has always been a priority for her.
Representative of a hospital
Jacqueline Schultz joined Suburban Hospital in. September 2005 and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She came to Suburban from the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System in New Jersey, where she was a nurse executive. She has a broad range of clinical expertise achieved during more than 30 years of healthcare experience that includes an impressive record of progressive growth in nursing leadership. She served as Vice President of Patient Care Services for Irvington General Hospital from 2003 to 2005, and prior to that was Administrative Director of Patient Care Services at Monmouth Medical Center for 4 years. Prior to being named Executive Vice President and COO at Suburban, she served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer. Her responsibilities for the Suburban Hospital Healthcare System include oversight of: nursing, all clinical services, quality and patient safety, utilization/outcomes, safety and security, planning, and community health and wellness.
Ms. Schultz currently serves as Secretary and Board member of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives. She received her BSN degree from Cornell University and her MSN degree from Seton Hall University.
Community Health Care Provider
He is a public health physician, educated in Guatemala and the USA. His professional experience includes management of preventive health programs and related community development projects. He has acted as a national representative of a non-governmental agency that proposed health initiatives in the Central American, and the Caribbean region. In addition, in the recent past, he has conducted policy analysis of health sector policies in African countries. Currently, he is the Executive Director of a non-profit primary care clinic in Wheaton, MD.
His reasons for participating in the Montgomery Cares Advisory Board relate to my interest on facilitating healthcare access to the disadvantaged, fighting against poverty and striving for a fair social system.
Community health care provider
Agnes Saenz is the Executive Director of Community Ministries of Rockville (CMR), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which has faithfully served those in need for over forty five years in Rockville and Montgomery County. Ms. Saenz has worked for CMR for twenty one years in several capacities. She first joined CMR in 1991 as a volunteer accountant and soon became a full-time employee charged with updating CMR’s accounting system. Later, Agnes proposed and founded CMR’s Latino Outreach Program, directing that program until 1998 when she was promoted to Managing Director. As the Managing Director, she was responsible for oversight of all direct service programs, day-to-day operations of the organization and administration oversight. Since 2008, as Executive Director of CMR, Agnes is responsible for CMR’s administration, fundraising, advocacy, and operation of all direct service programs.
Agnes Saenz has a BS Degree in Business Administration with major in Management and Accounting from the University of Lima, Peru. Ms. Saenz holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources from the University of Maryland University College. Ms. Saenz is fluent in both Spanish and English, knowledgeable in Latino/Hispanic culture issues and serves on several boards and commissions. Ms. Saenz is a member of the Latin American Advisory Group for Montgomery County Executive, a member of the Human Services Advisory Commission for the City of Rockville, a member of the Health Center Leadership Council, and a member of the Montgomery Cares Advisory Board.
Individual with knowledge and expertise in health care for the uninsured
Diane Clonmell has been in the mental health field for over 20 years providing consultation , management , clinical supervision, education, utilization reviews and direct services in the areas of behavioral and community health for the public and private sectors. Ms. Clonmell is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor employed as a disease management specialist, integrating mental health services with somatic care in the private health insurance industry. She also provides emergency room crisis intervention services to local hospitals.
Ms. Clonmell’s background includes program management of county-funded targeted case management services for mentally ill individuals, oversight of HUD- funded residences for individuals with physical disabilities, consultation and collaboration on cases with DC Child Welfare and providing trauma services for high risk populations ( domestic violence, sexual offenders and forensic populations). In addition to the Montgomery Cares Advisory Board, Ms. Clonmell has volunteered service hours in the community for the American Red Cross, Domestic Violence Safe Havens and Board of Social Services.
Ms. Clonmell earned a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University and a Bachelors degree in Human Development from Howard University. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at University of Maryland with a focus on the collaboration of chronic care and mental health services and the elimination of health disparities for minorities, low income populations and those with mental illness.
Wayne L. Swann, SPHR, FACHE
Commission on Health Representative
Wayne Swann has over 20 years of experience as a senior level healthcare executive with broad experience in general management, healthcare and human resources administration, with specific expertise in research, compensation and benefits, contract negotiations, organizational development, performance management and training for both employers and consulting clients.
Wayne Swann currently serves as the Human Resources Officer for the Department of Human Services, under Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia government. Wayne also provides limited consulting services on a contractual basis in the areas of general management and Human Resources administration. Wayne has previously served as the VP Human Resources for several Washington, DC based healthcare organizations (the Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center, Greater Southeast Healthcare and Group Health Association), a $1 billion managed healthcare organization in Florida and served as Interim Administrator for a hospital with 35 acute long term care beds and a 120 bed nursing home in Washington, DC.
Most recently, Mr. Swann serviced on the Board of Catholic Charities for over 3 years and subsequently as the VP Human Resources for 4 years. He currently serves as the president of the Board for the Conflict Resolution Center for Montgomery County and serves on the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC) for the District of Columbia.
Wayne has an Executive Masters degree in General Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ. Wayne has a designation as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and is certified for life. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
He is serving in his first year of his second term of the Commission on Health for Montgomery County.
Ulder J. Tillman, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Public Health Services, DHHS
Ulder J. Tillman as the Chief of Public Health Services, she has the overall responsibility for all Montgomery County health programs, including the Montgomery Cares Program. Prior to coming to Montgomery County in 2003, she was the Director of Public Health in Delaware and prior to that, she was Director of Health for the City of Waterbury, Connecticut.
Her initial clinical training was in internal medicine. She subsequently earned a Master of Public Health degree from The Johns Hopkins University of School of Hygiene and Public Health. She then completed a residency in preventive medicine at the University of Maryland. She also was a National Institutes of Mental Health post-doctorate fellow in psychiatric epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is currently board certified in preventive medicine.
Her current interests for Montgomery County focus on increasing access to quality health care, eliminating health disparities and increasing community emergency preparedness.
Rockefeller Ludwig Twyman
Rockefeller Twyman is a marketing/fundraising professional with over 30 years of experience, most of it in health care. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music with highest honors at Loma Linda University and completed graduate studies at Indiana University.
Over the years, he has been the recipient of many awards including: WUSA-TV's (CBS) Nine Who Care Award for Outstanding Community Service: the Beatrice Campbell Community Service Award from the District of Columbia's Committee on Persons with Disabilities: Washingtonian of the Year, 2000: and a Finalist for NBC's Civilian Medal of Honor. Mr. Twyman was also nominated for a CNN Heroes Award.
Rockefeller Twyman is a bone marrow activist and has recruited thousands for the National Marrow Registry. He has a strong interest in promoting community projects and raising funds for nonprofit organizations.