MHCC   Commissioners  

The Commission is composed of fifteen members appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a term of four years. A short biography of each Commission member follows:

Robert Emmet Moffit, PhD., Chairman, is Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Moffit served in President Ronald Reagan's Administration, where he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  Before his service at HHS, he was appointed by the Reagan Administration as an Assistant Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, with responsibilities for both federal personnel policy and Congressional relations.  He joined the Heritage Foundation in 1991, and became Director of Domestic Policy.  In 2003, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich appointed him to his first four year term as a member of the Maryland Health Care Commission.  In 2010, Modern Healthcare Magazine named him one of "the top 100 persons" in American Health care. Moffit earned three degrees in political science:  his Bachelors from La Salle University in Philadelphia, and his Masters and Doctorate from the  University of Arizona, where he graduated with Distinction.  He has received public service awards from several organizations, including The American College of Eye Surgery, the Great Lakes Association of Clinical Medicine and the National Hispanic Family Against Drug Abuse.  He is also president of the Buckley School Foundation, which promotes critical thinking, debate and public speaking skills.  He has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and the News Hour.  He has published in such professional and specialty journals as The Harvard Health Policy Review, Health Affairs, Health Systems Review, The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and National Affairs.  His articiles have also appeared in a wide variety of American daily newspapers, as well as The Hill, The National Review, The National Interest, The Irish Independent, and The Wall Street Journal.  Dr. Moffit lives with his wife, Barbara, in Severna Park, Maryland.  (Term Expires 9/30/2018)

Andrew N. Pollak, MD, Vice Chairman, earned his MD at Northwestern University School of Medicine. His internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery were accomplished at the integrated Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland Program. He went on to complete a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at University of California Davis Medical Center. Dr. Pollak is The James Lawrence Kernan Professor of Orthopaedics and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics within the School of Medicine. He also serves as Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical System. In the past, Dr. Pollak has served as Chair of the Board of Specialty Societies for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He currently serves as Treasurer of the AAOS and is Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. Dr. Pollak is a former Chair of the Extremity War Injuries Project Team for the AAOS, previously served as a Commissioner for the Maryland Health Care Commission from 2004-2008, and is a former Past President of the Maryland Orthopaedic Association. His current responsibilities include Executive Committee Co-Chair for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), Chair of the Publications Committee for METRC, Editor of the AAOS Orange Book Series, Medical Director of the Baltimore County Fire Department, and Special Deputy US Marshal.   (Term Expires 9/30/2020) 
 

Marcia L. Boyle, is the founder of the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), the national non-profit patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education and research (www.primaryimmune.org.) She served as president and CEO until her retirement in August, 2017. She grew IDF from 5 volunteers in 1980 to an organization with approximately $10 million a year in revenue in 2017 and a full time staff of 37. She was a co-founder of the International Patient Organization for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI), which currently includes representation of patient organizations from 60 countries around the world. She also served on the Board of Directors of the National Health Council from 2015 to 2017. She was honored as a White House Champion of Change in Precision Medicine in 2015.  (Term Expires 9/30/2018)


Elizabeth A. Hafey, is a litigator in Miles & Stockbridge’s Products Liability & Mass Torts Practice Group and the medical malpractice group within it. She defends doctors, hospitals and other health care providers in medical malpractice and professional liability cases and manufacturers and other businesses in a variety of commercial, product liability and premises liability matters. Elizabeth’s experience also includes environmental contamination litigation, including federal Superfund cost recovery actions and exposures to other allegedly hazardous substances.

A 2015-2016 graduate of the Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) Leadership Academy, Hafey is a now a Fellow of the MSBA’s Maryland Bar Foundation and serves on the MSBA’s judicial nominating committee. She is an elected board member of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, serves on its executive council, and chairs a committee focused on engaging young lawyers and reaching diverse professionals.

She was honored in 2015 by the Monumental City Bar Association and chosen by the Baltimore Business Journal for its 2016 “40 Under 40” list, which honors professionals under the age of 40 in the Greater Baltimore area who are excelling in their fields and engaging with the community.   (Term Expires 9/30/2019)
 

Margaret B.  Hammersla, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Senior Director for the DNP Program at University of Maryland School of Nursing and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Hammersla has worked in a variety of clinical arenas including perioperative care, emergency medicine, long term care, and dementia management. She currently maintains a clinical practice in internal medicine in Eldersburg Maryland. Dr. Hammersla has had extensive experience in both simulation development, interprofessional education and curriculum development. Dr. Hammersla was a member of a project to develop 6 simulation-based learning experiences to provide health care students (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dental, social work, and law) with the opportunity to learn both about each other’s discipline as well as how to better communicate utilizing a TEAMSTEPPS based approach funded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. In addition, she has work on many individual projects to provide students APRN programs with IPE opportunities with other schools on the UMB campus such as pharmacy and dental students. Dr. Hammersla received her PhD, a post-master certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions, and an MS Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. (Term Expires 9/30/18)


Jason McCarthy,  is Vice President for Operations at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States. In his role, Jason is responsible for ensuring that Kaiser Permanente is appropriately and effectively aligned to implement high quality care to its members throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition, Jason is responsible for overseeing Kaiser Permanente’s growth in the Baltimore service area, which currently includes ~500 employees and 10 Medical Office Buildings that service 125,000 members.

From 2014-2016, Jason served as the Regional Pharmacy Director for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, with oversight of 29 pharmacies, a mail-order facility, infusion services, and a wide range of pharmacy support functions. Prior to joining Kaiser, Jason served as a District Manager with CVS Pharmacy, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. He was accountable for the District’s operational performance, total store revenue, customer service, expense control, and asset management. 

Jason received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy in 2002 and his MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016. He currently resides in Bowie, MD, with his wife and daughter.  
(Term Expires 9/30/2020) 
 

Jeffrey Metz, MBA, LNHA, is President and Administrator of Egle Nursing and Rehab Center located in Lonaconing, Maryland. He is also a founding partner in Foundation, Rehab, an affiliate of Egle that provides long term care rehabilitation services., Mr. Metz previously served as Vice-Chair for the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. A graduate of Frostburg State University, he has a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and also a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Metz resides in Allegany County.   (Term Expires 9/30/2018)
 

Gerard S, O'Connor, MD, is a surgeon in private practice in Chestertown Maryland.  In addition to his private practice, Dr. O'Connor has served as Chief of the Medical Staff and Chief of Surgery at Chester River Hospital Center now University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.  Dr. O'Connor received his undergraduate medical education at Georgetown University and completed a residency in general surgery at George Washington University.  Dr. O'Connor will bring to the Commission the perspective of a physician that serves a rural Maryland community.   (Term Expires 9/30/2019)
 

Michael J, O'Grady, Ph.D a Principal of O'Grady Health Policy LLC, a private health consulting firm and a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. His current research is concentrated on the interaction between scientific development and health economics, with a particular concentration on diabetes and obesity.

From 2003 to 2005, he was the assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS. Dr. O'Grady worked directly with the Secretary on such critical policy issues as implementing the new Medicare drug benefit. Prior to his Senate confirmation as the Assistant Secretary, he served as a senior health advisor to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a senior health economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Dr. O'Grady also held senior staff positions with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress.

Dr. O'Grady also serves on a number of Commissions and Boards including the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and the Board of Directors of the Patient Access Network and Academy Health. He received his PhD. in political science from the University of Rochester. Commissioner O'Grady resides in Montgomery County.  
(Term Expires 9/30/2019) 
 

Candice Peters, MD, is in private practice at Advanced Primary and Geriatric Care in Rockville, MD. Dr. Peters is a Board Certified Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She attended Howard Medical School and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. In conjunction with her residency program, Dr. Peters completed acupuncture training at the Helms Acupuncture Institute at UCLA. 
(Term Expires 9/30/2021) 


Martha G. Rymer is the partner/ owner of Rymer & Associates PA., located in Calvert County Maryland. She has been a professional in the practice since 1998. Prior to joining the practice she was the Chief Financial Officer at Calvert Memorial Hospital for 13 years. Martha has brought to the practice her extensive knowledge of health care. In addition, Martha works with a wide variety of business clients in the construction, printing, real estate, restaurant and retail industries. In addition to tax preparation, she also consults on business practice management issues and assists various businesses with analysis of financial performance and planning. In addition to her responsibilities running her business, she is the Treasurer of her local Chamber of Commerce and on the finance committee of the local hospice and her church. Martha graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 1983 with a BS degree in Accounting. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the State of Maryland.  (Term Expires 9/30/2021)
 

Randolph S. Sergent is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, where he has been employed since 2010. Prior to joining CareFirst, Mr. Sergent was a partner at Venable, LLP. Mr. Sergent also has served in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office as Deputy Counsel to the Maryland Insurance Commissioner and as Assistant Attorney General in Civil Litigation Division. Mr. Sergent is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association, and has served as Chair of the MSBA’s Health Law Section. Mr. Sergent holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Mr. Sergent resides in Howard County.  (Term Expires 9/30/2020)

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is the director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the University of Maryland School of Public Health and a professor of health services administration at the School. Dr. Thomas is an internationally recognized, African American leader in minority health research and community engagement and as been a lead investigator of multiple studies investigating racial differences in health outcomes. Dr. Thomas resides in Prince George's County.  
(Term Expires 9/30/2017)
 

Cassandra Tomarchio, works at the US. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. She currently serves as the point person coordinating the Software Engineering Center’s Human Capital Program. Past roles have included Executive Officer, Corporate Communications and the CECOM Commander’s Initiatives Group. Prior to her employment with the US Army, Ms. Tomarchio held several positions in public affairs including as Director of Communications for Coventry Health Care of Delaware and Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association. Ms. Tomarchio lives in Havre de Grace, MD and serves her community as a member of the Havre de Grace City Council. She is a graduate of Ursinus College with additional study at Johns Hopkins University and the College of Notre Dame.  (Term Expires 9/30/2019)

Marcus L. Wang, Esq. is the Co-Founder, President and General Manager of the Baltimore-based ZytoGen Global Genetics Institute, a CAP-accredited genetics testing company driving successful pregnancy outcomes for patients worldwide through its proprietary preimplantation genetic screening platform.

Mr. Wang’s international business and legal experience covers both the U.S., where he practiced corporate law at the Manhattan office of DLA Piper, as well as China, where he spearheaded the development, execution and launch of Under Armour’s China market entry in 2011. Mr. Wang continues to advise U.S. businesses concerning China market entry and partnerships, providing guidance on go-to-market strategy, regulatory issues, brand development, and product localization.

In 2011, Mr. Wang was recognized by the Maryland Daily Record as one of Maryland’s “20 in their 20s,” based on “professional accomplishment, civic involvement, and impact of achievement.”

Mr. Wang’s leadership experience also encompasses the educational and governmental sector.

Currently, Mr. Wang sits on the President’s Roundtable at the University of Maryland Baltimore, joining a select group of senior advisers to the President. In addition, he sits on the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as Co-Chair of the Development Committee. There, he is also the founder of the Leadership Scholars Legacy Endowment, a scholarship fund for deserving students. Mr. Wang also serves on the Board of Trustees at Gilman School, as well as the Board of Directors for the Baltimore County Revenue Authority.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Wang graduated from Gilman School before going on to earn a B.A. cum laude from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  Mr. Wang also holds a Certificate in International and Comparative Business Law from the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, and a Certificate in Genetics and Genomics from Stanford University.  Mr. Wang is licensed and admitted to practice as an attorney in the State of New York.  (Term Expires 9/30/20)


Last Updated: 7/18/2018