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June 2010 St@teside

Six Medicaid Directors Selected for Medicaid Leadership Institute


Six Medicaid directors have been chosen to participate in the 2011 class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute, the Center for Health Care Strategies announced today. This national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative is designed to enhance the leadership capacity of Medicaid directors so their programs can serve as national models for high-quality, cost-effective care.

Medicaid directors competitively selected to participate in this unique executive leadership development program are:

  • Thomas Betlach, Arizona

  • Theresa Eagleson, Illinois

  • Donna Frescatore, New York

  • Darin Gordon, Tennessee

  • Judy Mohr Peterson, Oregon

  • Michael Nardone, Pennsylvania

"Medicaid plays a huge, often underappreciated role in the U.S. health care system. At a time when national health care reform implementation will greatly affect their programs and responsibilities, these six remarkable leaders form an exceptionally talented class for the Medicaid Leadership Institute," said Tommy Thompson, Former Governor of Wisconsin, who chairs the program's national advisory committee. "These directors are well positioned to blaze a trail for their states and the nation in achieving better quality care for every taxpayer dollar invested in publicly financed health care."

The 2011 class of Fellows will build on the foundation created by last year's inaugural class. For more information about the Medicaid Leadership Institute, visit