Meet Our Staff

Marc M. Boutin, JD

Chief Executive Officer
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Kelly Garrity

Director, Membership Affairs and Development
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Eric Gascho

Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs
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Nancy Hughes

Vice President, Communications and Marketing
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Susan Lau

Vice President, Member Services
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Donna K. O'Leary

Vice President, Organizational Affairs and Meetings
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Sarah Elizabeth Reid

Members Relations Associate
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Jillian Roberts

Manager, Communications and New Media
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Carol Sadoff

Chief Financial Officer
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Meagan Wiseley

Meetings and Administration Associate
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Marc M. Boutin, JD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Council, an organization that brings together all segments of the health care community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.

In addition to overseeing financial management and operations at the National Health Council (NHC), Boutin builds consensus among member patient advocacy organizations enabling them to speak with one voice on systemic health research and health care policy initiatives. This united effort results in legislation and regulations that address the collective needs of patients and their family caregivers. In addition, he provides guidance to patient organizations on various association issues, including corporate structure, government relations, fundraising, and outreach. Boutin is a regular spokesperson before the media, Congress, and policy makers on major issues of interest to the patient community.

Boutin has been actively involved in health advocacy, policy, and both federal and state legislation throughout his career. He is a member the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations Governing Board, Community Health Charities Board of Directors, PCORI Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement and the North America Advisory Board to the Drug Information Association. He has also served on Institute of Medicine committees, National Institute of Health panels, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s stakeholder group.

Kelly Garrity is the Director of Membership Affairs and Development. She has been with the NHC since July 2008. In her role, she functions as a program manager for operations and member services within the NHC. She previously worked with human resources at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP and Brandon Technology Consulting. She received her BA in International Business from Strayer University in 2005 and completed her MS in Administration from Central Michigan University in 2011.

Eric Gascho was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs in December 2013. He has been with the NHC since August 2009. In his role, Eric helps the National Health Council and its member organizations develop policy positions that seek to improve the lives of people with chronic diseases and disabilities and advocates for these policies on Capitol Hill and within the executive branch. Prior to joining the NHC, he worked in the government relations department of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Eric earned his BA degrees in government and business management from the University of Redlands in California.

Nancy Hughes, APR, is the Vice President of Communications and Marketing. Prior to joining the National Health Council in October 2008, she was the Vice President of Communications and Information Services at the American Academy of Physician Assistants for 15 years. Hughes began her career as a radio and television reporter in Colorado covering politics and local government. She transitioned to the other side of the microphone to work as the deputy press secretary for Colorado Governor Dick Lamm. Nancy has also served as press secretary for Colorado Congressman David Skaggs, Vice President of Communications for the Denver Chamber of Commerce, and Public Affairs Manager for MCI-West Division.

Susan Lau has worked with the National Health Council since 2003 and currently holds the title of Vice President, Member Services. In that capacity, she oversees the Standards of Excellence Certification Program®, provides technical assistance to member patient advocacy organizations on management and governance issues, and develops member recruitment and retention strategy. Susan had a consulting practice for a number of years, providing a range of management and publishing services to clients including the American Diabetes Association, COPD Foundation, Spina Bifida Association, and United Telecom Council. Earlier in her career, she held the position of National Vice President of Publications and Publisher at the American Diabetes Association with full P&L responsibility for a $25 million publishing program including, periodicals, scientific journals, and books.

Donna K. O'Leary is Vice President of Organizational Affairs and Meetings. Prior to joining the NHC in April 1995, she was the computer system manager/executive assistant for one of Washington's top 10 lobbying law firms. Donna's background consists of more than 25 years in administration, data processing, meeting planning, and computer management. Donna has received her business of meetings certification.

Sarah Elizabeth Reid is the Members Relations Associate. Prior to joining the National Health Council in May 2014, she worked in Corporate and Foundation Relations at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Sarah earned a BA in the History of Art and Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2012.

Jillian Roberts is the Manager of Communications and New Media. Prior to joining the National Health Council in April 2013, she was the Social Media Specialist for The Campus Kitchens Project. Jill earned a BA in American Studies from Dickinson College in 2008 and a MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University in 2010.

Carol Sadoff, CPA, is Chief Financial Officer. She has worked for NHC since March 2004. Carol’s nonprofit health care work experience includes Director of Finance for the Stanley Medical Research Institute and the American Kidney Fund. Earlier in her career, Carol worked as an audit manager with a national public accounting firm and as controller for profit motivated businesses. Carol earned a BA degree from Dickinson College and an MBA from Rutgers University Graduate School of Business.

Meagan Wiseley is the Meetings and Administration Associate. Prior to joining the NHC in April 2014, Meagan worked in higher education at Marymount University. Meagan serves as the first point of contact for both Council members and the general public. She assists the Executive staff with organizational affairs and meetings, member services, communications and marketing, and finance and administration. Meagan earned a BA in Communications and Journalism from the University of New Mexico in 2011.