Meet Our Staff

Marc M. Boutin, JD

Chief Executive Officer
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Eleanor M. Perfetto, PhD, MS

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
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Kelly Garrity

Senior Director, Member Services and Development
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Eric Gascho

Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs
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Jason Harris

Manager, Public Policy
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Sharon Hwang

Governance Manager & Executive Assistant
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Carol Sadoff, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
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Jennifer Schleman, MPS, APR

Senior Director, Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations
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Rachel Stivers

Policy Associate
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Meagan Wiseley

Associate Director, Meetings and Conferences
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Marc M. Boutin, JD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Council. He has been a leading voice for greater patient involvement at every stage of the health care continuum, starting with the development of new drugs, to regulatory oversight of health care delivery, to shared decision-making at the point of care. Under his leadership, the National Health Council has convened a broad range of stakeholders to create and effectively implement pragmatic strategies and public policy that address diverse issues, such as enhancing patient engagement, advancing the development of new treatments, and developing a better health delivery system to meet the needs of people with chronic conditions.

Boutin has a long history of board and committee service. Currently he serves as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Patient Engagement Advisory Panel, FasterCures Benefit-Risk Advisory Council, and the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Patient-Centered Benefit-Risk Steering Committee.

Boutin has been actively involved in patient advocacy organization management, health advocacy, and both federal and state policy throughout his career. He is a founding member of the international Patient-Focused Medicine Development consortium and has served on the Governing Board of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations as a member and treasurer. He is also a former member of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Board of Directors, the Humana Cares Clinical Advisory Board, the eHealth Initiative Leadership Council, Community Health Charities Board of Directors, Healthcare Systems Research Collaboratory, and the North America Advisory Board to the Drug Information Association.

Eleanor M. Perfetto, PhD, MS, is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. She is also a professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland. Perfetto has previously served in various public policy and research positions, including work as the Senior Director, Federal Government Relations for Pfizer Inc; Senior Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The Weinberg Group; Director of Health Outcomes Assessment, Clinical Research and Development, for Wyeth-Ayerst Research; and Senior Pharmacoepidemiologist for the U.S. Public Health Service, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Center for Medical Effectiveness Research.

Kelly Garrity is the Senior Director of Member Services and Development. She has been with the National Health Council since July 2008. In her role, she functions is responsible for new member development, administration of the Standards of Excellence Certification Program (r), and fundraising. 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 is the Vice President of Government Affairs. He has been with the National Health Council since August 2009. In his role, Gascho 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. Gascho earned his BA degrees in government and business management from the University of Redlands in California.

Jason Harris is the Manager of Public Policy. Prior to joining the National Health Council in August 2016, he worked in the Public Policy Department at The ALS Association. Harris earned a BA in History from the University of Maryland.

Sharon Hwang is the Governance Manager and Executive Assistant. Prior to joining the National Health Council in February 2016, she worked as a legal assistant for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and as a research assistant for the Neurology Department at the National Institutes of Health. Hwang earned a BA in Policy and Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College in 2015.

Carol Sadoff, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer. She has worked for the National Health Council since March 2004. Sadoff’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, Sadoff worked as an audit manager with a national public accounting firm and as controller for profit motivated businesses. Sadoffl earned a BA degree from Dickinson College and an MBA from Rutgers University Graduate School of Business.

Jennifer Schleman, MPS, APR, is the Senior Director, Marketing, Communications and Public Relations for the National Health Council. Prior to joining NHC, she was Senior Associate Director of Media Relations for the American Hospital Association (AHA). She has also worked in a variety of communication roles for the International Food Information Council and for public relations firms based in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati. Schleman earned a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and is a cum laude graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 2007. Schleman has volunteered for PRSA on the national level and is currently a board member for the PRSA-National Capital Chapter. 

Rachel Stivers is the Policy Associate. Prior to joining the National Health Council in July 2016, she graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Criminology, Law and Society.

Meagan Wiseley is the Associate Director, Meetings and Conferences. Prior to joining the National Health Council in April 2014, she worked in higher education at Marymount University. In her role, she is responsible for planning the NHC's meetings and conferences. She earned a BA in communications and journalism from the University of New Mexico in 2011.