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Forty-Five New Members Elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2014

Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) announced the acceptance of 45 distinguished new members.  See below for a complete list of new members and their affiliations. 


Academy members are recognized experts in Social Security and retirement security, Medicare and health coverage, workers’ compensation, private employee benefits, unemployment insurance, and related social assistance programs. Individuals selected for membership have distinguished themselves by improving the quality of research, administration, or policymaking in one or more of these areas.


“Members are the core of the Academy,” said Larry Atkins, the Academy’s President. “Our new members bring us a wealth of expertise, experience and public policy engagement in issues that affect every person and family in America.  We look forward to recognizing their contributions to social insurance policy and engaging their expertise and enthusiasm in the work of the Academy.  It is with great pleasure that we welcome them.”


New members are nominated by current Academy members in recognition of their significant and ongoing professional contributions to the field of social insurance. NASI members volunteer their time in study panels, advisory committees, and conferences. Members make significant contributions to NASI’s research, education, communication, and leadership development initiatives. For more information about membership in NASI and a full list of members, visit www.nasi.org/about/membership.


Newly elected members and their affiliations at time of election:


  • Jean Accius, AARP
  • Gretchen Alkema, SCAN Foundation
  • Roselyn Bonanti, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group
  • Thomas Buchmueller, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
  • Maria Cancian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • Marc Cohen, LifePlans, Inc.
  • Martha Coven, Office of Management and Budget
  • Charles Davoli, Davoli, Krumholt & Price
  • John Duncan, U.S. HealthWorks
  • Timothy East, California Self-Insurers' Security Fund
  • Margo Edmunds, AcademyHealth
  • Gary Franklin, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
  • William A. Galston, Brookings Institution
  • Thomas Geoghegan, Depres, Schwartz and Geoghegan, Ltd.
  • Thomas Hungerford, Economic Policy Institute
  • Dori Rose Inda, Salud Para La Gente, Inc.
  • Sophie Kasimow, U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
  • Stephen Kay, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Michael Lind, New America Foundation
  • Enrique Martinez-Vidal, AcademyHealth
  • Gerald McIntyre, National Senior Citizens Law Center
  • Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University, Department of Government
  • Scott Muller, Social Security Administration
  • Joseph Paduda, Health Strategy Associates, LLC
  • Sharon Parrott, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Harold Pollack, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
  • Gregory Presmanes, Bovis, Kyle & Burch, LLC
  • Don Redfoot, AARP
  • Peter Rousmaniere, Journalist
  • Steven Schoonveld, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Jason Schultz, Social Security Administration
  • Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan, School of Social Work
  • Dorothy Siemon, AARP
  • Damon Silvers, AFL-CIO
  • Daniel Skwire, Milliman, Inc.
  • Jack Smalligan, Office of Management and Budget
  • Brenda Spillman, The Urban Institute
  • Paul Spitalnic, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Catherine Stanton, Pasternack, Tilker, Ziegler, Walsh, Stanton & Romano
  • T.J. Sutcliffe, The Arc of the United States
  • Benjamin Veghte, Social Security Works
  • Pat Vinkenes, Office of Management and Budget
  • Timothy Waidmann, The Urban Institute
  • Lina Walker, AARP
  • Robert Weathers, II, Social Security Administration

The National Academy of Social Insurance is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security.

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