Chutes & Ladders—AHIP taps CMS Office of Minority Health director as chief health equity officer, and more

Welcome to this week's Chutes & Ladders, our roundup of hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry. Please submit the good news—or the bad—from your shop, and we will feature it here at the end of each week.



LaShawn McIver has been tapped as the new chief health equity officer at AHIP, the trade organization formerly known as America's Health Insurance Plans.

McIver is the current director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health. In her new position, she will lead AHIP’s health equity initiatives by designing strategies to improve health equity for marginalized communities. She will report directly to AHIP President and CEO Matt Eyles. The new appointment will take place immediately, according to a press release.

Before her work with CMS, McIver led government affairs and advocacy at the American Diabetes Association. With over two decades of experience, she will bring expertise in designing initiatives and public policy. McIver also served as the inaugural HIV/AIDS fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus’ Center for Policy Analysis and Research and as a program director at the Baltimore City Health Department.

Clarify Health

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Terry Boch has joined the executive team at Clarify Health as the healthcare analytics and value-based payment platform company’s new chief commercial officer.

Boch comes to Clarify by way of Diameter Health, where she held the same position and oversaw all go-to-market activities. She has over three decades of experience sales, operations and marketing, including time at IBM Watson and InformedDNA.

“We are thrilled to welcome Terry on board,” said Jean Drouin, M.D., founder and CEO of Clarify Health. “Terry’s passion for our mission, combined with her track record of fostering growth and scaling commercial organizations in healthcare, will play a crucial role in our journey ahead. We are in the early innings of unlocking the promise of AI-driven insights to personalize care, better support patients and clinicians and enable more effective payment models. Terry is ideally suited to help us accelerate the dissemination of innovative technologies that support our customers to deliver better healthcare.”

Walgreens Health

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Monica Reed has been named the new vice president of Walgreens Health Centers' strategy and operations.

In her new position, Reed will lead work on Walgreens Health Corners, in-store spaces where licensed clinicians provide health services ranging from preventive care and wellness checks to assistance with managing chronic conditions. She will also work to boost the chain pharmacy’s standing in retail, virtual and in-home healthcare services.

Reed brings 22 years of healthcare experience including her most recent role at CareCentrix, a fully owned subsidiary of Walgreens Boots Alliance. At CareCentrix, she worked as senior vice president of clinical operations. She previously spent time at Express Scripts and Medco. 


United States Public Health Service


Lt. Cmdr. Abigail has been named the first official mascot of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week.

Lt. Cmdr. Abigail is a black Labrador retriever named after the former First Lady of the U.S. Abigail Adams, who has a historical connection to the USPHS. The USPHS Commissioned Corps was founded on July 16, 1789, when Congress passed the act that created the US Marine Hospital Service. The original function of the service was to protect again the spread of disease from sailors returning from overseas.

In her new role, Lt. Cmdr. Abigail will provide therapeutic care to patients and Public Health Service Officers in her capacity as a trained facility dog. She is a Warrior Canine Connection dog. Lt. Cmdr. Abigail has been given an honorary rank equal to that of her primary handler. The rank does not include salary or benefits.



> Thomas Jefferson University announced that its president and interim dean of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia, Mark Tykocinski, M.D., resigned following controversy stemming from Tykocinski “liking” tweets that questioned the validity and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and called gender reassignment surgery "child mutilation."

> Priority Health named Rick Abbott as senior vice president of employer solutions.

> WPS Health Insurance tapped Nicole Oishi for vice president of execution and service delivery

> CVS Health elected Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, to serve on its board of directors.

> Northwell Health named Geeta Nastasi as its new vice president and chief nursing information officer.

> Covenant Health has named Joe Dolan as its next chief financial officer.

> Lifepoint Health picked Jennifer Peters as its new executive vice president and chief administrative and legal officer.

> Prolucent, a provider of healthcare workforce optimization software and services, announced the appointment of Patrick Gundersen as chief revenue officer.

> Feedtrail, an experience management technology company, partnered with Landing Exceptional Experiences Chief Experience Officer Toni Land as leader of advisory services.

> Perosphere Technologies, a private medical technologies company, welcomed Steve Ward as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

> Senda Biosciences welcomed Igor Matushansky, M.D., Ph.D., as chief medical officer.

> Silver Hill Hospital, a psychiatric hospital, has named Mark J. Russ as chief medical officer.

> Lewis Roca is pleased to announce the return of David Bixby to the firm’s healthcare industry team as a partner.