President, CEO and Foundation Board Member
As the founding President and CEO of NIHCM LLC and NIHCM Foundation, Nancy Chockley has led the organizations since their inception. She serves on the Foundation's board, working with health plan CEOs and policy experts to advance strategic thinking and practical applications. The NIHCM health plan CEOs have a combined revenue of over $250 billion and insure more than 40 percent of commercially insured Americans. She also spearheads the Foundation's work to improve the health of all Americans through a robust array of programs, grants and awards.
Ms. Chockley is a national voice in the health care arena and has been featured on numerous national broadcasts such as ABC, NBC, BBC and CNN and in print outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post.
Prior to founding NIHCM, Ms. Chockley was a principal in the Strategy Practice of Mercer Management Consulting where she worked in a variety of industries, including health care, food service distribution and trucking. Her experience spans the areas of business strategy development, best practices benchmarking and strategy implementation.
Ms. Chockley received her MBA and her BA, with Distinction in Economics, from the University of Virginia.
Senior Research and Policy Analyst
Caitlin Ellis joined NIHCM Foundation in October 2014 as the Research and Policy Analyst. In her current senior position, she examines health policy issues with a focus on maternal and child health.
Ms. Ellis received her Masters in Public Affairs in 2014 with a concentration in Policy Analysis from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. She graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Politics in 2011. Ms. Ellis held several political and non-profit internships and fellowships while completing her degrees.
Director of Administration
Carolyn Myers joined NIHCM in January 2005 with an extensive background including 20 years in various educational settings. She taught high school and was on the faculties of The University of Akron (Ohio) and Anne Arundel (Maryland) Community College. While at the University of Akron, she specialized in computer-based education presenting before boards of education nationally. Prior to joining NIHCM, Ms. Myers was the administrator of a 500-member nonprofit organization in the Annapolis area. In addition to a BS, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, she holds a National Association of Security Dealers, Series 7 license.
Ms. Myers manages all areas of NIHCM's administrative operations.
Director of Programming
Kathryn Santoro joined NIHCM in 2004 and currently leads the organization's health policy portfolio. In this capacity, she conducts research and analysis on health policy issues in support of improving practices used by health care decision makers and industry leaders. Previously, Ms. Santoro was a Communications Assistant with Robert Betz Associates, a health policy consulting firm, and a Project Consultant for Women in Government/Digene Corporation, where she led the development of a state-by-state report card on cervical cancer screening.
Ms. Santoro received her master's degree in public policy and women's studies from The George Washington University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science and women's studies from Villanova University.
Director of Research and Quality
Julie Schoenman joined NIHCM Foundation in September 2007 with an extensive background in health policy research. Previously, she was Senior Research Scientist with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, where she also served as the Deputy Director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Prior to her tenure at NORC, she spent 17 years as a Senior Research Director with the Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs. She has led many research studies on topics as diverse as Medicare policy and provider payment, health information technology, and access to care, and has published results from these studies in numerous journals.
Dr. Schoenman is a graduate of Bellarmine University and received her MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University in Economics.
At NIHCM, she leads the foundation’s research agenda and development of further topics of study.
Kaitlin Smith joined NIHCM in October 2018 as the Communications Officer. In this position, she is responsible for expanding the impact and reach of NIHCM’s programming.
Prior to joining NIHCM, Ms. Smith served on active duty in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. She was stationed at the Pentagon for her final tour, where she worked in strategic communications. Upon leaving active duty, Ms. Smith interned at nonprofit and health policy organizations. She holds a BS from Duke University and is currently pursuing her MPP in health policy at George Washington University.
Kirsten Wade joined NIHCM in May 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. In this position, she provides support to the organization and to the Director of Administration.
Prior to joining NIHCM, Ms. Wade provided administrative and office support to a company of 550 people. She graduated cum laude from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, with a BA in Political Science and International Studies. She is currently pursuing her MPA in nonprofit management at George Washington University.