Our Team

Leading health care policy researchers, dedicated communications experts, and grassroots organizers create our effective team.

Innovators, Researchers and Doers

Led by veteran of Congress, Allyson Y. Schwartz, Better Medicare Alliance and our team drives the future of health care forward through data-driven evidence and research supporting Medicare Advantage. As the leading voice on Medicare Advantage, Better Medicare Alliance’s staff, board of directors and council of scholars are nimble and skilled, driving innovative solutions forward for Medicare.

Our Staff

Our in-house staff manages the day-to-day operations of the coalitions, ranging from organizing our grassroots supporters to setting vision, writing policy and attending hill briefings.

Allyson Y. Schwartz, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania who served from 2005-2015, is a nationally recognized leader on health care issues. Throughout her professional life she has worked on issues such as affordability, primary care, coordinated care, and increased access to coverage. Having worked as a health service executive, Schwartz was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in...
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Chief of Staff
Robin Goracke has nearly two decades of health care policy experience in both the public and private sectors. Robin served as a legislative analysist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of Secretary, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Legislation under both Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Burwell. Among her many responsibilities, Robin’s main policy areas of...
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Director of Policy and Research
Deborah Estes joined Better Medicare Alliance as its Director of Policy and Research in early 2020, bringing nearly a decade of Medicare compliance and operational expertise to the role. Previously, Estes was the Director of Medicare Programs and Quality for PerformRx, a pharmacy benefits manager serving Medicare Part D plans. Estes also served a six-year tenure at Evolent Health, a medical technology company focusing...
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Communications Director
Jonathan Frank is the Communications Director at Better Medicare Alliance (BMA). As the past Communications Director for Horizon Government Affairs and the BMA-allied Council for Affordable Health Coverage, Jonathan brings a depth of health policy communications experience to the BMA team. Previously, Jonathan served in a variety of roles for then-Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN), Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of...
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Administrative Manager
Kristen Voyvodich is the Administrative Manager at Better Medicare Alliance. Before working at Better Medicare Alliance, Kristen worked at AIPAC in the Marketing, Creative and Events department, where she was part of the Event Operations team, working on large scale national and regional events. She holds two Masters degrees one in Drama and Movement Therapy from University of London and one in Shakespeare Studies...
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Government Affairs Assistant
Lorenzo Rodriguez joined Better Medicare Alliance as Government Affairs Assistant after a nearly six-month-long internship, during which time he provided valuable aid to the team’s government affairs and Ally engagement efforts – conducting legislative research, staffing Congressional meetings, and helping to organize Hill briefings and advocacy events. A graduate of Florida International University, Lorenzo held previous roles as a legislative intern for Congresswoman Diana...
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Our Board of Directors

Made up of those in the tops of their fields, our Board advises the coalition, provides insight to breaking Medicare news, and supports our allies in their work to protect MA.

President and CEO, National Minority Quality Forum
Gary A. Puckrein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Quality Forum. Dr. Puckrein also serves as Executive Director of the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations—a collaborative effort of the Asian and Pacific Physicians’ Association, the Association of American Indian Physicians, and the National Medical Association. In 1998 he founded the Forum’s predecessor program (the National Minority Health Month Foundation) to...
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Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, Emory University
Kenneth E. Thorpe, Ph.D., is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He is a former professor of health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Harvard, Columbia, and Tulane Universities; and former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S....
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President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association
Dr. Elena Rios is President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing Hispanic physicians in the United States. She is also President of NHMA's National Hispanic Health Foundation affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, to direct educational and research activities. In 2006, Dr. Rios was appointed to the Minority Alumni Hall of Fame...
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