For Immediate Release | December 19, 2011


Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has accepted 62 distinguished new members, bringing the total active membership to over 900. (See below for a complete list of new members and their affiliations.)

“It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished individuals to the NASI membership,” said NASI President Janice Gregory. “At a time when U.S. social insurance programs are continuously capturing news headlines and the attention of policymakers, NASI looks forward to recognizing, using, and sustaining the expertise of our new members.”

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

Reflecting significant and ongoing professional contributions to the field of social insurance, new members are nominated by current Academy members. NASI members volunteer their time in study panels, advisory committees, conferences, and they participate in NASI’s other research, education, communication, and leadership development initiatives. For more information about NASI membership, visit the “About NASI” section of the website.

Newly elected members and their affiliation at the time of election:

  • Edward J. Abes, Abes Bauman, P.C.
  • Roy Aragon, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Bonnie Austin, AcademyHealth
  • Janet Barr, Milliman, Inc.
  • Mary Nell Billings, Hilton Worldwide, Retirement Benefits the Americas
  • Steven Birnbaum, Law Offices of Steven M. Birnbaum
  • Philip S. Borba, Milliman, Inc.
  • Maria Brown, Syracuse University, School of Social Work
  • Steven E. Brown, Steven E. Brown, PLC
  • Barbara Burt, Independent Policy Analyst and Political Consultant
  • Sarah Byrne, Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Gina Cammarano, Farah & Cammarano, P.A.
  • Ngina Chiteji, Skidmore College, Economics Department
  • J. Michael Collins, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Financial Security
  • Sabrina Corlette, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
  • Hilary Dalin, National Council on Aging
  • Gail Dratch, AFL-CIO
  • Anne Dunkelberg, Center for Public Policy Priorities
  • Lisa Ekman, Ekman Advocates for Progress, LLC; Health & Disability Advocates
  • Sheila Everett, Social Security Administration
  • Richard Fiesta,Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Walt Francis, Economist and Policy Analyst
  • Lynn Franzoi, LLF Consulting
  • Monica Galizzi, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Department of Economics
  • Michael Glancy, The Law Offices of Kathleen Shannon Glancy, P.A.
  • Chris Godfrey, State of Iowa, Division of Workers’ Compensation
  • Ellen Golombek, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • Larry Good, U.S. Department of Labor, ERISA Advisory Council
  • Erica Hagensen, The Arc of North Carolina
  • Charles Hall, Charles T. Hall Law Firm, P.C.
  • Kevin Hassett, American Enterprise Institute
  • Brent Hatch, Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
  • Jim Hearn, U.S. Senate Budget Committee
  • Bradley Herring, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Heather Howard, Princeton University, State Health Reform Assistance Network
  • Thomas Kahn, U.S. House Budget Committee
  • David Lehrer, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Dennis Mealy, National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc.
  • Brandon Miller, U.S. Department of Labor, Longshore Division
  • Richard D. Miller, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education & the Workforce
  • Leticia Miranda, National Council of La Raza
  • Michael Okun, Patterson Harkavy LLP
  • Jason Olsen, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • Bernyce Peplowski, California State Compensation Insurance Fund
  • Carol Regan, PHI
  • David Riemer, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
  • Murray Ross, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy
  • Judy Schurke, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
  • Judy Scott, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Seth Seabury, RAND Corporation
  • Ellen Shaffer, Center for Policy Analysis
  • Alison Shelton, Congressional Research Service
  • Barbara Silverstein, Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
  • Laura Summer, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
  • Ramona Tanabe, Workers’ Compensation Research Institute
  • Jessamy Taylor, George Washington University,  National Health Policy Forum
  • Carol Telles, Workers’ Compensation Research Institute
  • Alan Weil, National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Reginald Williams, Avalere Health
  • Joy Wilson, National Conference of State Health Legislatures (NCSL)
  • Barbara Wynn, RAND Corporation
  • Robert Yee, Department of Health & Human Services

The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, 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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