Senior Policy Advisor
Dorie Seavey, Ph.D., PHI’s Senior Policy Advisor, lends her expertise to PHI's policy research and analysis on economic, financial, and policy issues affecting the direct-care workforce and the eldercare/disability services industry. Her recent work has addressed topics such as: the economic development role of direct-care jobs, the cost of frontline turnover, strategies for improving wages and benefits for direct-care workers, reforming Medicaid payment and procurement policies for home- and community-based services, and the intersection of family and paid caregiving.
Trained as a labor economist, Seavey received her Doctorate in Economics from Yale University in 1987. Over her career, she has specialized in workforce development and labor market problems for low-income individuals, including issues for frontline health care, social service, and childcare workers. Seavey has served as a senior member of several national evaluation and research teams investigating sectoral employment initiatives and employment brokering programs for low-income and disadvantaged job seekers. She is a former Senior Research Scientist at the Heller School at Brandeis University.
Director of Policy Research
Abby Marquand, M.P.H., is PHI's Director of Policy Research. In that role, she is responsible for research and analysis on policy issues affecting the direct-care workforce as well as the eldercare/disability service industry.
Abby's previous work experience and education are in the field of aging. Prior to joining PHI, Abby worked on reporting and analysis in New York City, first at the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, and then at NYC's Medicaid Homecare Services program. She also spent time at the Mental Health Association of NYC - Geriatric Mental Health Alliance supporting policy research and advocacy work on geriatric mental health issues. Abby earned a master's in public health from Columbia University, specializing in aging.
Government Affairs Manager
Gail MacInnes is PHI's Government Affairs Manager. She is responsible for analysis, writing, and advocacy on issues affecting the direct-care workforce, with the goal of influencing national policies affecting the quality of direct-care jobs and the quality of care for long-term care consumers.
Gail has over 10 years of policy analysis and advocacy experience focused on aging and long-term care issues. Prior to joining PHI, she worked as a public policy consultant on health care, long-term care, and care coordination policy for the Social Work Leadership Institute of the New York Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. For two years, she organized older adults to participate in public policy advocacy in Milwaukee with the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups. She also spent a number years working with the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care to train family members of nursing home residents on how to advocate for improved quality of care within facilities. Gail holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of Richmond.
NY Policy Director
Carol Rodat is the New York Policy Director for PHI. She is responsible for strategic advocacy, research, and analysis on behalf of the state’s direct-care workers and long-term care consumers, improving the health care delivery system by emphasizing the policy and practice learning derived from PHI and its affiliates. She works closely with a variety of stakeholders in New York’s health care system, including consumers, workers and their representatives, and providers.
Carol has over 20 years of policy experience, having worked first in the field of child welfare policy for the Child Welfare League of America in Washington, D. C., and then as executive director of Hospital Trustees of New York State, where she initiated one of the first quality improvement projects in the state’s hospitals. She was also a contributing editor to Health System Leader, which studied the development of integrated health systems. Most recently she served as president of the Home Care Association of New York State, a statewide not-for-profit organization active in state and federal home care policy. While there, she published reports and studies on the importance of the workforce in long-term care and testified frequently on the role of the direct-care worker. A founding board member of the Direct Care Alliance, she holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Oklahoma.
Hollis Turnham is the Michigan Manager for PHI. In this role, she researches and coordinates PHI’s activities to implement PHI’s elements of a quality job and quality care in Michigan, with specific attention to policies and practices that improve direct-care worker compensation and strengthens training and skills for this workforce. She is the author of Michigan’s Care Gap: Our Emerging Direct Care Workforce Crisis.
Hollis has over 30 years experience in poverty and aging issues, first as a legal services attorney in Adrian, Michigan and, then, as Michigan’s State Long Term Care Ombudsman for almost 16 years. Prior to joining PHI, Hollis was the 1999-2000 John Heinz Senate Fellow in Aging working on aging and long-term care issues for then-Chairman James Jeffords (R-VT) of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. She has a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
Tameshia Bridges Mansfield
Tameshia Bridges Mansfield, MSW, is the Midwest Director for PHI. In this role, she is responsible for developing and executing cross-cutting strategies for state and national policy initiatives, and leveraging organizational development, curriculum and training efforts in support of policy goals in the region, with specific attention to Michigan and Illinois.
Tameshia has over 15 years of health care and policy experience in various capacities, including state policy research and development, work with women who are HIV-positive, and public policy advocacy. As a health insurance specialist in the Region V office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, she was an analyst for the home and community based services (HCBS) waiver program, where she was responsible for assisting states in the development and evaluation of their HCBS waiver programs. She participated in a cohort the National Women’s Law Center’s Progressive Leadership Advocacy Network for emerging leaders, and currently serves on the advisory board for the National Center for Elder Abuse. Tameshia has a master of social work degree with an emphasis in health policy and community development from the Washington University (St. Louis) Brown School of Social Work.
Policy Research Assistant
Stephen Campbell is PHI's Policy Research Assistant. He contributes research, analysis, and writing on issues affecting the direct-care workforce with the goal of impacting state and national policy. He reports to the Associate Director of Public Policy.
Prior to joining PHI, Stephen accrued two years of policy experience in Washington, DC where he managed grassroots programs and state government affairs for an organization representing people with kidney failure. Stephen earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Political Science and Chinese.
Project Lead, Special Initiatives
Hadas Thier, Project Lead, Special Initiatives, works closely with staff across programs on research, project coordination, data collection, and analysis efforts on PHI's special initiatives.
Hadas brings years of communications and outreach experience related to the direct-care workforce, including prior roles for both Direct Care Alliance (DCA) and PHI. In her most recent role at DCA she conducted outreach, education, and enrollment to link home care workers with new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. Hadas graduated from the City College of New York with a major in history.
New York Policy Associate
Allison Cook, MPH, is PHI's New York Policy Associate. She is responsible for strategic advocacy, research, and analysis on behalf of the state's direct-care workers and long-term care consumers. She works closely with the New York Policy Director to help accomplish PHI's goal of improving the health care delivery system by emphasizing the policy and practice learning derived from PHI and its affiliates.
Allison has a variety of experience in the field of long term care and aging. Prior to joining PHI, Allison worked as an Education Associate at the Medicare Rights Center, where she distilled complicated Medicare information in educational programming and materials. Additionally, her work at PHI is greatly informed by her experience working as a home health aide while still in college. Allison graduated with her Master of Public Health, with a focus on aging, from Brown University.