Founded in 2006, the Society of Health Policy Young Professionals (“The Society”) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-led organization designed to meet the diverse needs of DC-area young professionals interested in the health, health care, and health policy fields. The Society seeks to help young professionals forge meaningful and long-term professional relationships, offer a wealth of career-related information and tools, and provide regularly scheduled social and career-development events.
Our mission is to bring together professionals in health policy. Our organization seeks to provide opportunities for networking and professional development to create DC’s next generation of health policy leaders.
The Society is a unique organization aimed at:
- Fostering new relationships among young professionals in the health, health care, and health policy fields;
- Providing a forum for networking and socializing;
- Organizing professional development, educational, skill-building, and community service events; and
- Connecting young professionals to relevant career and networking opportunities, including access to senior-level health policy professionals.
As the inter-related fields of health care delivery and health policy grow, so does the need to identify and highlight future leaders in these fields. The Society, therefore, aims to create a sustainable, organization that forges meaningful and long-term professional relationships and provides career-development opportunities. To achieve this vision, the Society continues to actively recruit members, increase its visibility, and develop strategic partnerships.
Statement of Values on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
As a volunteer-led and nonprofit organization, The Society of Health Policy Young Professionals or “the Society” is only as strong as the individuals we serve. Together, we acknowledge and honor the fundamental value of diverse perspectives and lived experiences in our community.
To uphold the values of all members, we affirm our intention to prioritize inclusivity and uplift the voices of marginalized communities. As such, we strongly encourage black, indigenous, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and people with disabilities among those of all backgrounds and identities to be active members. Likewise, we encourage all members to make a concerted effort to befriend those with experiences that differ from their own.
The Society is passionate about establishing a professional foundation for the health policy community that challenges the status quo, showcases diverse perspectives and motivates action. Specifically, we commit to facilitating conversations around health equity and its role across policy topics, interest groups and all levels of government through deliberate incorporation among programming and as a result of informal networking.
We always welcome feedback and ideas from all members to continue advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the Society.
Matt Reiter is a Vice President at Capitol Associates, a bipartisan government relations firm in Alexandria, Virginia that specializes in federal health policy. Since joining Capitol Associates in 2014, he has helped the firm’s clients advocate on legislative and regulatory issues including provider reimbursement, value-based payment systems, administrative simplification, and efforts to reform the U.S. healthcare system. Before his election as SHPYP’s Chair for the 2020-2022 term, he served as its Secretary/Operations Director from 2018-2020 and as a Steering Committee Member from 2017-2018. Matt is active in Toastmasters and currently serves as the Vice President of Education for his club, Old Town Toastmasters. Matt spends his remaining free time pursuing his serious hobby as a musician. On weekends, he is often playing guitar with his Grateful Dead tribute band, Great Northern. Originally from New York, Matt is a graduate of American University and resides with his wife in Washington, D.C.
Mia Keeys is the first Director of Health Equity Policy and Advocacy of the American Medical Association’s Center for Health Equity. She is the former Policy Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and Health Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL). Previously, Mia has also been a Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar; a Fellow for the City of Philadelphia in the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Health and Opportunity; an HIV/AIDS researcher in South Africa; and a U.S. Fulbright Fellow to Indonesia, where she worked on education and public health initiatives on behalf of youth and their families for three years. The National Minority Quality Forum recognizes Mia as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health. The National Academy of Medicine features Mia’s children’s book on health equity—titled Cole Blue, Full of Valor—in their 2017 national exhibit, “Visualizing Health Equity.” Her work on youth and the imagination is featured in a TEDx Talk, titled “A Racial Imagination Quotient””.
Mia holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology from Cheyney University, and a Master of Arts degree in Medical Sociology from Vanderbilt University, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow through Meharry Medical College. She is currently a doctoral student at The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. Mia is also a creative non-fiction writer, with training from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA.
Collan Rosier has been providing strategic solutions at the intersection of business, public policy, and healthcare for a decade. He is Director of Government Affairs at Maxim Healthcare Group, a national medical staffing and home healthcare provider focused on skilled nursing care for medically-complex patients. In this role, he oversees Maxim’s relationships across the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, helps guide federal policy initiatives, and serves as liaison to coalitions advocating for innovative reforms within federal and state healthcare programs. Previously, he was a member of Maxim’s program management office focusing on community and population health strategies intended to address patients’ social determinants of health.
Collan joined Maxim from a Washington, DC-based appellate litigation and strategic counseling firm where he was Director of Policy & Research, supporting the firm’s Corporate Governance and Strategy practice. He received a master’s degree in legislative affairs from the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in government and history from Georgetown University.
Collan has been a member of SHPYP since 2017. He is also Secretary of the GSPM Alumni Association, a member of the Candidate Selection Committee at Maverick PAC (MavPAC), and a mentor for StreetWise Partners in Washington, DC. A Michigan native, he now lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Quinn is a policy analyst at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget. Her primary role is to analyze public health and health care regulations, and the statistical rigor, utility, and quality in the information collected, disseminated, and relied upon by the Federal Government. Prior to OMB/OIRA, she was the Associate Research Director for Health Policy at National Journal’s Network Science Initiative. In that role, she advised clients regarding the social networks of influencers, policy makers, and organizations within health policy debates.
Originally from northern Illinois, Quinn has a BA in Public Health from American Univeristy and a MPH in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights from Boston University.
Monet Stanford, PharmD, manages the government relations and regulatory affairs for pharmacy matters at Kaiser Permanente. Her profile consists of a wide range of issues from third-party contract management, scope of practice expansion to drug pricing transparency. Within this organization, Dr. Stanford is tasked with translating public policy issues and associated research into a variety of synthesis products to offer insight and expertise in key areas to internal and external Kaiser partners.
Dr. Stanford received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and Public Policy and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland. She furthered her clinical education through community based residency training at Purdue University and received formal policy-based training via an executive fellowship with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Her professional experiences include serving in the Office of the Attorney General focusing on geriatric advocacy and as Clinical Policy Analyst with Centene Corporation. In the past, she has served as President of the Maryland Public Health Association Graduate Academy.
In her mentorship, she tutors fifth-grade girls weekly on STEM disciplines and serves as an annual judge at the DC STEM Fair which is the final round for all public intermediary school science projects. Aside from her professional interests, her personal time is filled with international travel, personal fitness and live music.
Ebunola Aniyikaiye is an attorney in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice at Epstein Becker Green. She focuses her practice on a variety of regulatory and transactional health care matters, including fraud and abuse issues, health care compliance, privacy and security, and regulatory issues impacting digital health and emerging technologies. She also advises public and private clients in the development of legislative and regulatory advocacy strategies involving government health programs.
Prior to law school, she worked as a policy associate at American Public Health Association (APHA) where she worked directly with 53 state and regional public health association leaders on their policy and advocacy issues.
Ebunola received her Juris Doctor and MBA from American University. She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in Public Policy Studies and graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting museums, and trying new restaurants.
I was born to first-generation immigrants from the Netherlands and Philippines and grew up on a dairy farm a bit out of Sacramento. Professionally, I have a BS in Economics and Master’s in Public Policy from Berkeley with a specialization is in Medicaid financing and health reform. My career has spanned from reporting to the CA Medicaid director for 3 years, interning at Kaiser government affairs, consulting for the CA Select Committee on Health Reform and public hospitals, and working for CMMI & HHS as their primary Medicaid financing analyst. I also do some research work on the side on the effects of national coverage expansion on physician & hospital utilization.
Nick Page is a research consultant at The Lewin Group where he helps the National Director of Purchased Long-Term Services and Supports for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In this role, he writes policy and improves operations, coordinates with internal VA and external government & private stakeholders, and supports around 750 field staff at the 150 VA Medical Centers nationwide. Nick also helps provide data and policy analysis for VHA’s Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, particularly with the implementation of the VA MISSION Act.
Nick received his B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior at Vassar College where he volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician, and played soccer and lacrosse. He grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts with a German Shepherd, and is an avid soccer fan, cook, and traveler.
Nikki Kanthety is a Case Investigator working with the Virginia Department of Health on their COVID-19 response. She is responsible for conducting patient interviews with people who have a laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspected diagnosis of COVID-19; in addition to providing health education and guidance in order to interrupt ongoing disease transmission.
Nikki previously worked as a Senior Health Policy Analyst at Logistics Management Institute (LMI) in McLean, VA. She supported clients such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM), and United States Postal Service (USPS). In this role, she supported federal customers with program oversight and monitoring to reduce risks and develop mitigation strategies that lessen the stakeholder burden. In addition, she supported these programs with her operational knowledge and contributed to the programs’ models of care to deliver cost-effective health outcomes to customers. Ultimately, her goal is to create and promote policy that addresses access to affordable care for all and increases equity in healthcare.
Originally from Texas, Nikki has a BS in Biology and Healthcare Studies from University of Texas at Dallas and a MPH in Health Policy from George Washington University. When not working, Nikki can be found running, hiking with friends, and exploring the arts and cultural scene in DC.
Andrew Burnett currently serves as Senator Richard Shelby’s (R-Ala.) Legislative Assistant, where he manages the Senator’s priorities within the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. He also works on healthcare issues as they relate to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee, and he is Senator Shelby’s Health Policy Advisor on all authorizing healthcare legislation.
Prior to joining Senator Shelby’s staff, Andrew served as a Health Research and Policy Assistant on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). In this role, his portfolio of issues consisted of public health, insurance and payment, health information technology, and delivery of care. Before moving to Washington, D.C., to concentrate on healthcare policy, Andrew worked in administrative roles at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and MEA Medical Clinics a Service of St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Miss.
Chien-Wei is a senior manager of market access & payment policy at the BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). In this role, he develops and advances advocacy strategies with payers and policymakers to drive adoption of BD’s surgical and interventional technologies. Prior to BD, Chien-Wei was a senior policy analyst at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). He served as AdvaMed’s lead representative on End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) policy issues and worked on a variety of other reimbursement and coverage issues, including Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System, quality measures, and coverage of telehealth and other digital technologies. Chien-Wei has also served as a tank commander in the armored division of the Taiwan Army.
Originally from Taiwan, Chien-Wei received his B.A. in Political Science from National Taiwan University and his M.A. in Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
Kelly Singel, PhD, (she/her/hers) is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She works to capture, communicate, and enhance the value of NIH research through stewardship activities including strategic planning, evaluation, and reporting. Her portfolio focuses on implementing mandates specific to the NIH in the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 and the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018. In this role, Dr. Singel prioritizes communicating the impact of NIH research on science, health, and society to NIH’s stakeholders, the American people.
Dr. Singel received her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Anthropology, with a minor in Chemistry, from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, with a focus in Tumor Immunology, from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her doctoral and post-doctoral work focused on identifying strategies to enhance the anti-tumor immune response in patients with metastatic ovarian cancer. In 2018, Dr. Singel was a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. There she gained experience translating her knowledge of biomedical research into health care policy recommendations.
Dr. Singel is proud to serve as an ambassador for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship and the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship by recruiting and empowering the next generation of scientists turned policy wonks. Aside from her professional interests, she enjoys traveling to wherever she can be on the water, hike a beautiful trail, or taste local wines.
Leo is currently the health, education, and labor Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and has worked on his staff for the past five years. He has a particular interest in telehealth, rural health, and workforce development issues. Prior to his time in the Senate, he interned with Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He studied abroad in Florence, Italy and misses all of the pasta. In his free time, he enjoys reading, learning Italian, running, and trying out new recipes.
Myles Goldman is the Communications Manager for 340B Health, a nonprofit organization of more than 1,400 hospitals and health systems participating in the federal 340B drug pricing program. Myles is responsible for managing 340B Health’s social media presence and developing multimedia communications content. This has included creating and producing the association’s podcast.
Prior to joining 340B Health, Myles worked at public relations agencies Golin and Sage Communications. He earned his B.A. in Political Communication with a minor in Public Health from The George Washington University.
Outside of his time with SHPYP, Myles is the 2021 chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter and also is a member of the chapter’s Pro Bono Committee. He is originally from Massachusetts and is a big Boston sports fan.
Ryann currently manages government relations and regulatory affairs for Cambia Health Solutions, a nonprofit company working to create a person-focused and economically sustainable healthcare system. In this role, she oversees Medicare and Medicaid policy at the federal and state level for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, a legacy health plan serving over 2 million members primarily in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah.
Ryann received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and her Masters in Public Health, specializing in Health Policy, from The George Washington University.
Ryann is an active member of the Junior League of Washington and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Originally from Chicago, she currently resides in Prince George’s County Maryland with her Husband, son, and dog.