National Health Council Announces New Officers and Board Members

WASHINGTON, DC (December 18, 2014) – The National Health Council (NHC) has elected its officers and new Board members for 2015. The new officers are as follows:

Randy Beranek
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Psoriasis Foundation
Portland, Oregon

Elizabeth Fowler
Vice President, Global Health Policy
Johnson & Johnson
Washington, DC

Tracy Hart
Chief Executive Officer
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Jim Greenwood
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Washington, DC

Vice Chairperson
Cynthia Zagieboylo
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
New York, New York

The membership of the NHC also elected the following individuals to its Board of Directors.

Representing Voluntary Health Agencies:

Marcia Boyle
President and Founder
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Towson, Maryland

Bob Gebbia
Chief Executive Officer
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
New York, New York

Eric Hargis
Chief Executive Officer
Colon Cancer Alliance
Washington, DC

Barbara Newhouse
President and CEO
ALS Association
Washington, DC

Ann Palmer
President and CEO
Arthritis Foundation
Atlanta, Georgia

Steven Taylor
Chief Executive Officer
Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation
Bethesda, Maryland

John Walsh
President, CEO and Co-Founder
Alpha-1 Foundation
Coral Gables, Florida

Representing Professional and Membership Associations:

John Castellani
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Washington, DC

Representing the Other Member and Counselor Categories:

Paul Pomerantz
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Schaumburg, Illinois

Michael Rosenblatt
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Kenilworth, New Jersey

In the coming year, the priority issues for the NHC will include:

  • Championing health insurance marketplace improvements, conducting a state-by-state analysis of how “patient friendly” the exchange requirements are, and educating people with chronic conditions about picking the right exchange plan by promoting an online out-of-pocket health costs calculator at
  • Encouraging the development of new treatments and diagnostic tools for people with chronic conditions through passage of the MODDERN Cures Act.
  • Serving as the united patient voice before the bipartisan 21st Century Cures initiative, spearheaded by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to ensure Congress addresses the unmet medical needs of patients, increases patient engagement in the drug development continuum, and improves data sharing to make knowledge gleaned at the point-of-care more available to researchers.

The National Health Council (NHC) is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Made up of more than 100 national health-related organizations and businesses, the National Health Council’s core membership includes the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations, which control its governance. Other members include professional and membership associations, nonprofit organizations with an interest in health, and major pharmaceutical, medical device, health insurance, and biotechnology companies. To learn more, visit the NHC website at


Jill Roberts