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2006-2007 Board of Directors

Rene Cabral-Daniels, JD, MPH

Rene Cabral-Daniels is currently the Director of the Office of Health Policy and Planning (OHPP). She has been in this position since January 2002.  The OHPP is responsible for improving health care access to the residents of Virginia.  Offices within OHPP include the State Office of Rural Health, the Primary Care Office, and the Office of Minority Health. Programs administered within the OHPP are Telemedicine, Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS Act), State Loan Repayment, Nursing Scholarship, Critical Access Program, Small Hospital Improvement Program, and others.
Before coming to the Virginia Department of Health, Ms. Cabral-Daniels served as an attorney with the Department of Health and Human Services. She provided legal advice to senior staff in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on a number of programmatic issues such as non-physician practitioner payment, outpatient prospective payment systems, and rural health payments. Ms. Cabral-Daniels was also an attorney for the private firm of Stradley, Ronan, Stevens, and Young in Philadelphia.

She received a BS in Spanish and Mental Health from Tufts University, a MPH from Yale School of Medicine, and a JD from the University of Virginia.

Linda L. Chezem, JD

Linda L. Chezem creates educational opportunities between the justice systems, the health systems, and communities.  She is a Professor of Youth Development and Agricultural Education, School of Agriculture, Purdue University. Professor Chezem holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Law, IUPUI for the summer of 2006; and, at the Purdue University School of Science, IUPUI.

She serves as a special assistant to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism through an interagency agreement with Purdue University.  Her assignment includes serving as liaison to programs of other federal agencies such as:  Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws: Discretionary Grants to Rural Communities at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice; the Uniform Policy Provisions Law Research at Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), SAMHSA, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Injury Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Youth Development, National 4-H Headquarters CSREES, USDA. At the

Ms. Chezem works with other Institutes on trans-NIH issues. Within the Institute, her assignments include providing shared leadership for NIAAA work groups on the Ethical, Social, and Legal Implications (ELSI), Alcohol and Technology Development, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders focus on legislative and justice issues.

Her work through American University with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, US Department of Justice is focused on law and policy for the state and local public health and justice systems.

Professor Chezem served twenty-two years as a full time judge in Indiana and was on the Indiana Court of Appeals, serving as Presiding Judge of the Fourth District Panel.  She continued to serve as senior judge in Indiana until January 2004, and most recently chaired the Morgan County, Indiana Board of Health.

Patricia Elliott, JD, MPH

Patricia Elliott, JD, MPH, is the Policy Counsel for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Washington, DC.  Ms. Elliott manages ASTHO’s Public Health Law and Policy Initiative, a program to network state health agencies’ activities and staff on legislative and legal issues. In addition to her work on public health law issues, during her five-year tenure at ASTHO, Ms. Elliott has also overseen the organization’s work in environmental health, food safety, immunization, and infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza preparedness.

Ms. Elliott has worked with a variety of organizations in her career, including state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Notably, she was an assistant to the Secretary of Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she worked with state government agencies and the Governor’s Office (Baliles Administration) to track and implement new legislative initiatives.  At the Environmental Law Institute, Ms. Elliott worked in the Center for Public Health and Law evaluating the public health impacts of environmental laws and regulations.  Ms. Elliott has worked in private practice and for a state government relations consulting firm evaluating the impact of state legislative and regulatory actions on major corporate clients. Immediately prior to joining ASTHO in July 2001, Ms. Elliott was a senior project manager for the International City/County Management Association where she assisted local governments in developing and implementing public education and outreach strategies on environment, health, energy, and built environment issues. 

Ms. Elliott holds a BA degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary, a JD from the Catholic University of America, and a MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

Gene W. Matthews, JD

Gene W. Matthews serves as Senior Fellow at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, the outreach and service unit of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health (UNC). He also holds faculty appointments at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and the Georgia State University College of Law.

Prior to taking these positions Mr. Matthews served as the chief legal advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta from 1979 to 2004, directing a legal staff that grew to 30 persons.  During that 25-year span, he handled a wide range of precedent-setting public health law issues and litigated key public health lawsuits and civil discovery cases.  Mr. Matthews is widely published and is frequently called upon to lecture on cutting-edge legal issues facing public health, such as emergency preparedness, federalism, and future trends in public health leadership.  
Since 1999, Mr. Matthews has also provided leadership in the development of CDC’s internal Public Health Law Program, and has guided this exciting effort to reach out to the legal community and to public health practitioners. 
Since leaving federal service, Mr. Matthews has worked closely with both CDC’s internal public health law program and the CDC Foundation in developing partnership opportunities with the private sector and in building new alliances focused on common legal preparedness topics.  In this regard, he is currently leading an innovative national private/public partnership initiative, based at UNC and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which is designed to develop common legal preparedness agendas regarding liability laws and sick leave policies during emergencies.

In June 2004, Mr. Matthews received the Distinguished Career Award of the Public Health Law Association “…in recognition of a career devoted to using law to improve the public’s health.”  Mr. Matthews is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, is a member of the North Carolina Bar, and also holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Georgia State University College of Law.

Anne M. Murphy, JD

Anne Murphy is the Senior Counsel to the Attorney General of Illinois. She is the former Chief Counsel for the Illinois Department of Public Health where her responsibilities included overseeing legal counsel to program areas such as health care facilities regulation, public health emergency preparedness and response, communicable disease control, health promotion, environmental health, human subjects research, data collection and analysis, and the state clinical laboratories.

Before joining the Department in 2001, Ms. Murphy served as Vice President for Health Law and Litigation at the American Medical Association and as a partner and head of the health care department at a Chicago law firm. Ms. Murphy has been a Visiting Professor at the Loyola University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law. She has chaired the governing boards of both the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association Health Care Section. 

Daniel O'Brien, JD

Daniel O'Brien is the Division Director for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and Principal Counsel to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Since 1980, Mr. O'Brien has served as counsel to a wide variety of Maryland public health agencies including the Mental Hygiene and Developmental Disabilities Administrations, the State's Certificate of Need Commission, and Medicaid and local health. He currently serves on the DHMH incident command committee for public health preparedness. 

Mr. O'Brien earned his BS from the University of Maryland and his JD from American University.

Jean C. O'Connor, JD, MPH

Jean O'Connor serves as Deputy Director of The MayaTech Corporation’s Center for Health Policy and Legislative Analysis where she plans, develops, and directs public health policy and law research and evaluation projects. She works on various grants and contracts for organizations, including CDC, NIH, and DOJ, analyzing state public health laws and policies.  Her projects include work on tobacco control, HIV, methamphetamine precursors, obesity, school health, physical activity, mental health treatment programs, and emergency preparedness. 

Prior to joining MayaTech, Ms. O’Connor was both a Health Policy and Legislative Attorney for the Governor’s Office of the State of Georgia and the Director of the State of Georgia’s Planning Grant for the Medically Uninsured, awarded by HRSA.  There, she was responsible for drafting health insurance legislation, counseling constituents on their legal rights, educating policy-makers and the media on developments in research and policy affecting insurance coverage, leading research to measure the uninsured problem in Georgia, and promoting the development of new strategies to reduce the number of uninsured.  Ms. O'Connor has also worked as a law clerk in the Office of the General Counsel at CDC, CDC's Office of Technology Transfer, the Office of the General Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, in the AIDS Unit of Atlanta Legal Aid, and has over five years of field experience in emergency medical services. 

She is currently a member of the Georgia Bar and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate courses on public health law, ethics, and policy. She earned her JD, MPH, and BS from Emory University.  She is earning her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to serving on the PHLA Board, she is on the Rollins Alumni Board and the Board of the Georgia Women’s Policy Group.   

Wendy E. Parmet, JD

Wendy E. Parmet is the George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the law school’s director of the dual JD/MPH Program with Tufts University School of Medicine. She teaches courses in health law, bioethics, disability law, constitutional law, public health law, administrative law, and federal courts. In 1998, she was the recipient of the William J. Fitzgerald Service Award for Faculty.

Professor Parmet is the author of numerous articles on public health law, health care, and disability law. She will be the author of an upcoming book, Populations, Public Health and the Law (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming 2007) and is the co-author of Ethical Health Care with Patricia Illingworth (Prentice Hall,  2005).

Professor Parmet received her law degree magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1982. She served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and as the executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Following graduation, she clerked for Chief Judge Levin H. Campbell on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She received a BA summa cum laude in Government in 1979 from Cornell University.

Charity Scott, JD

Charity Scott is Professor of Law with a joint appointment in Georgia State University’s College of Law and J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Institute of Health Administration.  She is also the Director of the Center for Law, Health & Society at the College of Law.   Professor Scott teaches various courses on health care law and policy, bioethics, and tort law.   She has given public presentations and published articles on a variety of health law issues, including antitrust and the health care field, medical ethics and the law, medical privacy, and health policy. 

Professor Scott is a member of the American Law Institute. In 2006, she received the Jay Healey Distinguished Health Law Teacher Award from the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.  She earned her JD from Harvard Law School in 1979 (cum laude), and her BA with honors from Stanford University in 1973 (Phi Beta Kappa).

Jane Speakman, LLB

Jane Speakman is a senior solicitor in the Legal Department of the City of Toronto. Since graduating from law school, Ms. Speakman has practiced law in both the private and public sector. She has a special interest in public health and privacy issues and provides legal services to Toronto Public Health and to the Board of Health. She also provides advice on a variety of privacy issues affecting the City of Toronto. 

Ms. Speakman graduated from the faculty of law, Queen's University. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with a BScN degree from the University of Toronto and was employed as a public health nurse by the City of Toronto.

Lori H. Spencer, JD

Lori Spencer practices law with the Atlanta office of Smith Moore LLP, where she concentrates her practice in the area of health law. She represents a wide range of health care provider clients, including physicians and other provider groups, hospitals, and health systems. She recently served as project director for a component of the "Community Public Health Legal Preparedness Initiative" sponsored by CDC's Public Health Law Program, through the Public Health Foundation.

Before joining Smith Moore, Ms. Spencer practiced with another major Atlanta law firm and, before that, served as General Counsel for Emory Healthcare, Inc., the health care system at Emory University, and as Associate General Counsel for the University. In addition to being the immediate past President of the Public Health Law Association, Ms. Spencer is immediate past Chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and the former President of the Georgia Academy of Health Care Attorneys. 

Martin P. Wasserman, MD, JD

Dr. Wasserman is President Elect of the Public Health Law Association and Executive Director of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society.  In this position, he represents over 22,000 licensed physicians within the state of Maryland.

Immediately preceding his current position, Dr. Wasserman served as the Medical Director, Immunization Practices and Scientific Affairs for the Vaccine Division of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Wasserman is a Board Certified pediatrician as well as an attorney. He has spent the majority of his career as both a clinical and administrative physician in the public sector. After graduating cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College, he attended Johns Hopkins Medical School from which he was later elected into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He did his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, with the University of Rochester, where he served as Chief Resident in pediatrics. Subsequently, he went to Gallup, New Mexico., where he treated Navajo children during his stay in the Indian Health Service.

Before initiating a nearly 25-year career in state and local government health department leadership, Dr. Wasserman was an officer in the Federal government in a variety of positions including service as the second Director of the National Health Service Corps in 1974. He also directed the pediatric emergency room and outpatient department for the University of Maryland Medical School and was CEO of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore. During this period, Dr. Wasserman attended the University of Maryland School of Law, graduating with honors and was admitted to the Maryland Bar. He began his career in health department leadership in 1978 as Director of the Department of Human Services in Arlington, Virginia. and then went on to similar positions in both Montgomery County and Prince Georges County, Maryland. He subsequently was chosen to be the top state health official for both Maryland and Oregon. In addition, Dr. Wasserman has served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and was inducted into the public health honor society.

Dr. Wasserman has had a distinguished career in the public health service.  Included among his many accomplishments and community service activities are recognition by the Ford Foundation for Innovations in State and Local Governments in 1991 for "Project Deliver: Providing Care to Indigent Women" in Montgomery County, Maryland.  In 1999, Dr. Wasserman was the recipient of the Nathan Davis Award from the American Medical Association. While serving as Maryland's Secretary of Health, he was responsible for:

  • Creating HealthChoice, Maryland's Medicaid managed care program,
  • Leading a clinical investigative team to respond to symptoms in Maryland's watermen caused by Pfiesteria, an organism residing in the estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay, and Developing Maryland's aggressive tobacco control activities.

He also increased the immunization rates and oversaw the development of new HIV/AIDS policies while in Oregon. Dr. Wasserman served as President of the National Association of County Health Officials for four years, and just recently concluded a three year term as Chairman of the Public Health Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Partnership for Prevention.

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