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Leadership

Kevin J. Mahoney, Ph.D. Director

Kevin J. Mahoney

Founding Director

Kevin Mahoney, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the NRCPDS and leads the Center's efforts to expand self direction opportunities in behavioral health. Dr. Mahoney is a professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. During a 30-year career in gerontology and long-term care, he has held many policy-making and administrative positions in the state governments of Connecticut and California. He also has held academic appointments at Yale University, the University of Connecticut, the University of California-San Francisco and the University of Maryland.

From 1996 to 2008, Dr. Mahoney was the national program director for the Cash & Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation, a policy-driven evaluation of one of the most unfettered forms of consumer direction of personal-assistance services. An expert on state government and long-term care innovation, he speaks and writes extensively on consumer direction, the roles of the public and private sectors in financing long-term care, long-term care insurance and care management.

Technical Assistance & Training

Suzanne Crisp, Director of Program Design and Implementation

Suzanne Crisp

Director of Program Design and Implementation

Suzanne provides technical assistance across the country by assessing existing programs to determine compliance and efficiency, developing products to enhance understanding of the implementation of participant direction and performing diagnostic program reviews. Her prior positions include senior research lead at Thomson Reuters, state liaison mentor for the Cash & Counseling national program office and assistant director to the Arkansas Division of Aging and Adult Services.

Mark Sciegaj, Senior Consultant for Training and Research

Mark Sciegaj

Senior Consultant for Training and Research

Mark leads training services for the NRCPDS.  He also directs work on our National Survey Publicly Funded Participant-Directed Services Programs.  In addition this role at the Center, Dr. Sciegaj is the associate director of the Smart Spaces Center for Adaptive Aging in Place and associate professor of health policy and administration at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on the areas of elder autonomy, preferences and participant-directed long-term care models.

Casey Sanders DeLuca, Associate Director of Training

Casey Sanders DeLuca

Associate Director of Training

Casey leads training program development at the NRCPDS. Prior to her current role, she worked at the Cash & Counseling national program office. She also has clinical social work experience working with adults with disabilities and children and families in hospital settings. Casey earned a master of social work, clinical health services, from Boston College.

Mollie Murphy, Financial Management Services Lead

Mollie Murphy

Financial Management Services Lead

Mollie provides technical assistance to federal, state and local participant direction programs for the NRCPDS. She calls on her experience in fiscal/employer agent roles, regulations and best practices (in which she is one of the few national experts) and workflow system design to support nonprofits and government. In addition, she is co-founder of Annkissam, an organization dedicated to building software tools for nonprofits.

Sandra Barrett, Technical Assistance Consultant

Sandra Barrett

Technical Assistance Consultant

Sandra works on projects including the Administration on Aging CLP Grants and the Veteran-Directed Home and Community-Based Services program. She was a state liaison mentor with six of the expansion Cash & Counseling states and retired as assistant director with the Division of Aging and Adult Services in 2003.

Merle Edwards-Orr, Director of Veteran's InitiativesAlthea McLuckie, NPN Coordinator

Merle Edwards-Orr

Director of Veteran's Initiatives

Merle oversees work with the VA and ACL surrounding the development and dissemination of the VD-HCBS and VD-Respite programs.  Before joining NRCPDS, Merle was the Consumer Direction Manager at the State Unit on Aging in Vermont.  He also spent several years in case management and social work, and was an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Basic and Applied Social Sciences at Trinity College of Vermont.  He received his MSSW from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Patrick O'Keefe, Program Analyst

Patrick O'Keefe

Program Analyst, Veteran Directed HCBS

Pat works on veterans issues for the NRCPDS, focusing on the VD-HCBS program.  He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. Most recently he completed a graduate program in International Relations from Regent's College London. He has previously participated in internship programs at a number of different locations including a US Senate office, US Congressional office and abroad at the campaign headquarters of a major British political party.

Molly Hurt, Assistant Director of Memberships & Programs

Molly Hurt Morris

Assistant Director of Memberships & Programs

Molly manages the program and financial management services (FMS) member offerings and supports Center programs, including the development of self-direction in behavioral health. Prior to her work at the NRCPDS, she earned her master of social work from Boston College, with a specialization in practice with older adults and macro social work. As an MSW student, she was selected for the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education and worked with older adults in various capacities.

Joe Keune, Communications, Web & Event Specialist

Joe Keune

Communications, Web & Event Specialist

Joe is responsible for all communications, web, and event strategies and activities for the NRCPDS.  Prior to his work at the NRCPDS, Joe was an event planner and a team leader at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  Joe earned a bachelor of arts in Business Adminsration from Lindenwood University and a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary.

 

Policy & Research

Ellen Mahoney, Research Director of Applied Research & Policy

Ellen Mahoney

Research Director of Applied Research & Policy

Ellen oversees research initiatives and serves as the principal investigator on research grant applications and projects.  She is also an Associate Professor at the Boston College School of Nursing.  Ellen earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.

Colleen Bouzan, Research Analyst

Colleen Bouzan

Research Analyst

Colleen provides research support, focused on survey-based and qualitative methods, at the NRCPDS. She has over a decade of experience in public health research, including research positions at Harvard School of Public Health and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master of Science from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.

 

Operations & Administration

Christie Cohen, Director of Finance & Administration

Christie Cohen

Director of Finance & Administration

Christie, who joined the NRCPDS in 2010, has been in budget administration for over a decade, carrying out pre- and post-award grant activities and managing endowed, operating and gift funds. Prior to her work here, she served as grant manager at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and as assistant director at the Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University.

Sierra Horn, Grant Proposal & Award Administrator

Sierra Horn

Grant Proposal & Award Administrator

Sierra provides support preparing budgets, financial reports, vendor contracts, and proposal development process at the NRCPDS. Sierra also assists with the coordination of the FMS and Program Memberships for the Center.   Prior to joining the NRCPDS, she worked as a News Writer at WHDH-Boston and participated in various internships in the communications and marketing field.  Sierra earned her bachelor of arts in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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