NCSL Legislative Summit

August 8-11, 2011

San Antonio, Texas


Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee

Speaker Biographies

Strategies for States and the Military to Share Health Information

Colonel Ralph Franco
Director-Total Army Medical Department Systems Management
U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Center and School
San Antonio, Texas
Colonel Ralph Franco has an MBA and an MHA. He is board certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a Diplomate of the Society for Health Systems. He is currently the President of the San Antonio chapter of HIMSS. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Ralph has a quarter century of military experience and has served in various CIO positions in the US Army Medical Department, ranging from a small integrated delivery network (IDN) with a hospital and three clinics to a large IDN with a medical center and 440,000 covered lives. He has also worked as a healthcare administrator, a software requirements manager and in a futures cell.

Tony Gilman
Chief Executive Officer
Texas Health Services Authority
Austin, Texas
Tony Gilman is the chief executive officer of the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA), a nonprofit corporation created by the Texas Legislature in 2007 to promote and coordinate the development of electronic health information exchange in Texas. Prior to joining THSA, Gilman served as the executive officer for the Texas Health Care Policy Council in the Office of the Governor and was responsible for the strategic operations, planning, and coordination of all meetings of the Council. Gilman also served as an advisor to Governor Perry and his senior staff on health care issues, including health workforce and regulation, health information technology, health system transparency, and health system reform. Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, Gilman served as the Austin Director for the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations from 2001 to 2005. From 1999 to 2001, Gilman served as a policy advisor to Governor George W. Bush, and from 1994 to 1999, he served as a Policy Advisor in Governor Pete Wilson’s Washington, D.C. office. Gilman received a Bachelor of Political Science degree with an emphasis on political processes and institutions from the University of Kansas.

Overcoming Barriers to Using Health Care Technology

John D. Blum
Professor of Law, Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Chicago, Illinois
John Blum is Professor of Law and John J. Waldron Research Professor,, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Professor Blum‘s courses include Health Law Field Study, Health Care Payment & Policy, Introduction to Health Law, Law and Public Health and International Public Health Law. He has published more than twenty articles in various law and health journals and a book, Achieving Quality in Managed Care: The Role of Law,  published by the American Bar Association. Prior to coming to Loyola, Professor Blum held positions on the faculties of Penn State and Boston University, and he was a teaching fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also was a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall and the University of British Columbia Faculties of Law under the auspices of the U.S.-Canada Fulbright program. Professor Blum has served as a consultant to USAID in Indonesia where he worked on the development of a curriculum in public health law for use in schools of public health. He has many years of experience in health law and policy, and is very active in research in these areas, with a particular focus on legal issues in medical quality assurance. Professor Blum also is an adjunct professor of medical humanities in Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine, Department of Medicine. Professor Blum received his J.D. from Notre Dame and a Masters in Health Science from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Rick Cimerman
Vice President, External and State Affairs
National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
Washington, DC
Mr. Cimerman is Vice President of External and State Affairs at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association where his primary responsibility is to aid state cable associations and cable companies in working with state regulators, legislators and policymakers. He also is responsible for outreach to think tanks, the academic community and various policy advocacy organizations. Mr. Cimerman is a recognized expert on broadband and telecommunications policy who has testified across the country before numerous state public service commissions and legislatures. He also served as an adjunct faculty member of Michigan State University’s NARUC Annual Regulatory Studies Program.   He is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force, the past president of the National Coalition for Technology and Education in Training (NCTET), former co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s Broadband Task Force and former program chair for the three NARUC/NECA National Summits on Broadband Deployment. Prior to joining NCTA he worked for nearly three years as the director of the Telecommunications Division of the Maryland Public Service Commission. He also worked for two and one-half years at the Florida Public Service Commission with an emphasis on issues related to competition and emerging competition. Mr. Cimerman holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Economics from the University of Florida where he studied public utility economics in association with the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida. Mr. Cimerman also is a former Jeopardy TV game show winner.

Kemp Hannon
State Senator
Albany, New York
Senator Hannon is Assistant Majority Whip in the Senate Conference, and he chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Health and the Health Budget Subcommittee. Regarded widely as an expert in health care public policy, Senator Hannon was instrumental in developing programs such as Child Health Plus (CHP), Family Health Plus (FHP), and the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program to improve the quality of health care for all New Yorkers. He created landmark legislation with the Patient Health Information and Quality Improvement Act, which extended patients' access to information about health care providers. Senator Hannon is responsible for numerous laws recognizing the importance of preventive medicine, medical research and treatment of disease. He spearheaded the establishment of the Senate Medicaid Task Force, cosponsored the women's health care and prevention bill providing direct access to OB/GYN, and improved screening for cancer and osteoporosis. Before his Senate service, he was Minority Leader Pro Tempore in the Assembly. Senator Hannon serves on the NCSL Executive Committee, is a member of NCSL’s Health Policy Forum and the Task Force on Federal Health Reform Implementation, and he serves on the Steering Committee for the Transforming Health Care Through Technology (THCTT) FSL Partners Project. Senator Hannon is a graduate of Boston College and Fordham Law School and is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Farrell Fritz, PC.

Lisa Wallmeyer
Executive Director,Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS)
Senior Attorney, Division of Legislative Services
Virginia General Assembly
Richmond, Virginia
Lisa Wallmeyer is a Senior Attorney at the Virginia Division of Legislative Services and serves as the Executive Director of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), a permanent, 12-member legislative commission. JCOTS work focuses on examining and developing policy on a wide variety of technology-related issues, including nanotechnology, traffic safety technology, and science and math education. When the General Assembly is in session, Ms. Wallmeyer also serves as counsel to the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, and the Senate Finance Committee. She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.  Ms. Wallmeyer serves as staff vice chair of the NCSL Standing Committees and on the Steering Committee for the Transforming Health Care Through Technology FSL Partners Project. She previously served on the NCSL Executive Committee and as staff chair of the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee. Ms Wallmeyer completed her undergraduate work at Washington and Lee University and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in print journalism. She then attended the University of Florida, where she concurrently completed a law degree and a Masters degree in mass communications with high honors. Her masters thesis focused on public records and meetings laws in the fifty states, and she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Using Technology to Get More Bang for the Buck

Frank Muehleman, Vice President and General Manager
North American Public Business Group
Dell Inc.
Frank Muehleman serves as vice president and general manager of the Public Business Group for the North America region of Dell, Inc. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and customer service activities. Prior to joining Dell, Mr. Muehleman was the president of Psion Inc. where he was responsible for sales, marketing, operations, technical support, and customer service for the US and Canada. Mr. Muehleman also worked at Bain and Company and was a consultant to large and small business accounts, including two years as a consultant for Dell. Prior to Bain, he held several management positions with Procter and Gamble. Mr. Muehleman earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Frieda Yueh, Senior Solutions Executive
Public Sector Strategic Trends and Directions
IBM Americas
New Paltz, New York
Frieda Yueh is an IBM senior solutions executive, specializing in the public sector. Frieda has more than 30 years of experience in business information technology, with the last 15 years devoted to the government, education and health industries. She leads a team of strategy experts, supporting IBM clients in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. In her current role, Ms. Yueh is responsible for formulating responses to the emerging strategic, business and technology needs of the public sector industry. She consults with and advises customers and IBM teams on the potentials, challenges and best practices in the evolving use of new technologies in the public sector. Prior to 2007, Ms. Yueh led several different solution areas and regions for IBM. From 2004-2006, she led IBM’s government consulting sales for the Northeast U.S. From 1999-2003, she was the Executive for ERP Sales and Services across North America, responsible for consulting with public sector clients. In this role, she advised executives in education, government and health industries on financial, human resources, asset and operations management solutions, implementation and best practices. She convened annual conferences for IBM’s clients and facilitated workshops to discuss critical success factors, governance issues, new industry requirements and strategic directions. Between 1979 and 1999, Ms. Yueh held a variety of sales leadership positions and was responsible for implementing IBM’s major transformation initiatives in the mid-1990. Frieda Yueh is currently involved in a number of organizations including the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers; the National Conference of State Legislatures; the National Governors Association; the Western Governors Association and the Council of State Governments.

Surplus Lines After SLIMPACT

Dan Maher
Excess Lines Association of New York
New York, New York
Dan Maher is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Excess Line Association of New York (“ELANY”). The association is a statutorily created industry advisory association responsible for facilitating and encouraging compliance with New York’s excess line law. Mr. Maher is also an attorney licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York and a number of federal courts. Prior to joining ELANY in 1997, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel with Lancer Insurance Company for fifteen years. Mr. Maher is a registered lobbyist in New York State and has influenced a number of changes to the New York State insurance law. Mr. Maher holds the professional insurance designation Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance (ASLI) and is a frequent speaker on current issues affecting the property and casualty insurance industry.

Rick Masters
Special Counsel
Council of State Governments
Rick Masters is Special Counsel to the Council of State Governments and an expert in the field of interstate compacts who also provides legal guidance to a number of compact governing agencies, including several of which all 50 states are members. Rick has testified before many state and congressional legislative committees about interstate compacts and has litigated compact law issues in state and federal court. He has also authored numerous publications on the subject including the largest existing compendium of legal authorities on compacts published by the American Bar Association in 2007.

Steve Parton
Insurance Regulator Consultant
Steve Parton was the General Counsel of the Office of Insurance Regulation (the “Office“) since the Office’s inception in 2003 until February, 2011. As the Office’s General Counsel, Mr. Parton directed the Legal Services Office which consists of 22 lawyers that are divided into two broad functional areas, specifically Regulatory Actions and Litigation. In addition, he provided legal counsel to the commissioner and the governor and cabinet, sitting as the Financial Services Commission, regarding all matters related to the regulation of insurers. Mr. Parton was significantly involved in the creation of the Non-Admitted Insurance Multi-State Agreement (NIMA) while with the Office. After leaving the Office, he continued to work on NIMA on behalf of the Office, without cost, until shortly after Florida, Mississippi, and Hawaii executed NIMA in June 16, 2011. Mr. Parton had previously headed the Property and Casualty Section of the Legal Division in the former Department of Insurance. That Section was responsible for legal oversight of all matters related to property and casualty including licensing and acquisition of companies, opinions related to property and casualty issues, and all litigation arising from property and casualty issues, including rates, forms, and administrative actions taken against companies and their directors and officers. He originally came to the former Department of Insurance in 1997 as its Special Litigation Counsel because of his extensive litigation and trial experience. In that position he was responsible for all major litigation of the Department as directed by the treasurer and commissioner of Insurance. Mr. Parton is now a consultant on insurance issues and regulatory compliance.

CFPB: The Unique Bureau

Robert Cook
Partner, Hudson Cook, LLP
Robert Cook, managing partner of Hudson Cook, LLP, has practiced in the area of consumer financial services throughout his career and is experienced in all areas of this practice. He represents nationwide lenders and investors in establishing new programs and products, conducting due diligence and compliance reviews. He also advises with regard to class action lawsuits based on alleged violations of consumer protection statutes. Robert is a member of the American Financial Services Association Law Committee where he serves as Counsel to the Mortgage Subcommittee, has served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Counsel and was the Chairman of its Consumer Credit Committee. He is a past chairman of the Truth in Lending Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee, and the co-editor of the book Truth in Lending, published by the American Bar Association. He also is a founding member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and a member of the Conference on Consumer Finance law. In 2009 Robert received the American Financial Services Association Distinguished Service Award. Robert is a founding member of the, LLC, which publishes HouseLaw®, a monthly Internet publication of recent developments in real estate finance that covers legislative, regulatory and case law developments at the federal level and in all 50 states, and the CounselorLibrary® state law databases, a series of interactive databases of state lending laws. Robert is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1981) and Washington and Lee University (B.A. 1975).

John “Buz” Gorman
General Counsel, Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Washington, D.C.
Buz Gorman currently serves as General Counsel for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. He is responsible for analyzing legislation and its impact on the state banking system and lobbying for the dual banking system. Before coming to the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Buz worked for Senator Connie Mack from 1986 to 1996 (which included two years in the House of Representatives) with responsibility for Senator Mack's Banking Committee work and environmental issues. Buz earned his Undergraduate Degree (B.S. in Business Management) from the University of South Florida and a Law Degree from Catholic University.

 Gail Hillebrand
Associate Director, Office of Consumer Education and Engagement
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Washington, D.C.
Gail Hillebrand is the Associate Director for Consumer Education and Engagement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Prior to joining the CFPB, she served as a Senior Attorney and the Financial Services Campaign Manager at Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Ms. Hillebrand is the 2004 recipient of the National Consumer Law Center’s Vern Countryman Award. She is a member of the American Law Institute. She was the founding chair and a longtime board member of the California Reinvestment Coalition. Ms. Hillebrand has served on the Council of the American Law Institute, the Consumer Advisory Council to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and on the boards of the Oakland-based Public Interest Law Project, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and the San Francisco Women Lawyers Alliance.