Meet Our Staff

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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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Staff

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. 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 NHC 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, MDIC Patient-Centered Benefit-Risk Steering Committee, Community Health Charities Board of Directors, Healthcare Systems Research Collaboratory, and the North America Advisory Board to the Drug Information Association.

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, and the eHealth Initiative Leadership Council.

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 and the assistant editor of the Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy (JMCP). 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 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.