Team

Horizon Government Affairs was founded over a decade ago by Joel White, a former staff director and policy advisor for the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our bipartisan team of professionals combines decades of advocacy and public policy experiences in the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and private sector and not-for-profit organizations.   


Joel White
President
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Joel White

President

Joel is the Founder and President of Horizon Government Affairs. He is the President of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage and its campaigns on transparency and medication adherence (Clear Choices and Prescriptions for a Healthy America) as well as a service organization called Arlington Bridge Builders. In addition, Joel is the Executive Director of the Health IT Now Coalition, an HGA effort to expand adoption and use of health IT to improve outcomes and lower costs. He is on the Board of Directors of the Newborn Foundation and Samaritan Inns.

Joel spent twelve years on Capitol Hill as professional staff, where he helped enact nine laws, including the 2002 Trade Act, which created health care tax credits, the 2003 law that established the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Health Savings Accounts, the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act, and the 2006 Tax Reform and Health Care Act, which reformed Medicare payment policies.

Joel served six years as staff on the Committee on Ways and Means, first as Professional Staff and then as Staff Director of the Health Subcommittee. Prior to his work on the Committee on Ways and Means staff, Joel worked for Congressman Jim Greenwood (PA) for two years and Congressman Chris Shays (CT) for four years.

He is also the co-author of the book, Facts and Figures on Government Finance (1992), which brings together data on public finance at all levels of government, with comparisons of taxing and spending levels spanning a half century. He holds a BS in Economics from the American University and is a member of the National Economist’s Club.

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Jeff Lemieux
Chief Economist
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Jeff Lemieux

Chief Economist

Jeff joined Horizon Government Affairs in 2017 as Chief Economist. He is an economist specializing in health care and public finance. He has been one of the nation's foremost cost estimators of Medicare and health reform programs, has written proposals for health coverage, Medicare reform, and balanced budgets, and created long-term projections of entitlement spending and federal budgets used by Congress and the policymaking community.

Jeff has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and other Committees in Congress on Medicare reform, tax-based proposals to expand access to health coverage, chronic care management, and other topics. Prior positions include research positions at the Medicare Office of the Actuary, the Congressional Budget Office, the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, the Progressive Policy Institute, America's Health Insurance Plans, CAQH, and Inforum/University of Maryland.

Jeff received an M.A. in economics from the University of Maryland.

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Sloane Salzburg
Vice President
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Sloane Salzburg

Vice President

Sloane joined Horizon Government Affairs in 2013. She specializes in health policies related to Medicare Part D, medication adherence, drug pricing, precision medicine and general health reform as well as third party alliance building and coalition management. Within Horizon, Sloane serves as Executive Director of HGA's managed campaign on medication adherence, Prescriptions for a Healthy America.

Prior to joining Horizon, Sloane worked as a Health Policy Fellow for U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA). She graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy. Prior to Georgetown, Sloane attended the University of Florida, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and completed a senior research thesis on American alligators. Sloane has also been an Adjunct Professor in Biology at Daytona State College and has worked as an Emergency Room Technician.

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Jennifer Bernstein
Executive Vice President
jbernstein@horizondc.com

 

Jennifer Bernstein

Executive Vice President

Jennifer joined Horizon Government Affairs in December 2008 as Vice President, focusing on legislative and regulatory developments within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device sectors. Prior to joining Horizon, Jennifer was Vice President of Healthcare Research at a mid-sized healthcare advisory and financial services firm. In this capacity, she managed over 100 clients, including hedge funds, mutual funds, investment advisers and healthcare corporations and was responsible for anticipating and translating legislative and regulatory catalysts within all sectors of the healthcare marketplace.

Jennifer also spent several years on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to former Congressman James Greenwood (R-PA). Prior to that, Jennifer served as professional staff on the Judiciary Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where she helped to develop Megan’s Law. She has held the Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 65 (Uniform Investment Advisor) and Series 87 (Registered Research Analyst) securities licenses.

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and Master’s Degrees in both American Government and International Relations from Temple University.

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Christine Pollack
Vice President
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Christine Pollack

Vice President

Christine joined Horizon Government Affairs in 2017 as Vice President. She is a public policy, advocacy and communications professional with 20 years of public and private sector experience. Most recently, Pollack served as Vice President of Government Relations for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), a role she held for more than six years. During her tenure, Pollack led the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (E-Flex) Coalition, spearheaded the industry's advocacy efforts on tax reform, and tackled many other business-sector priorities.

In her previous post at RILA, Pollack also served as the organization's political action committee (PAC) director, as an industry spokesman with national media outlets, and worked directly with C-Suite executives and Fortune 500 CEOs. Prior to that, Christine spent over four years with the American Medical Association, working extensively on Medicare reimbursement issues including reforms to the physician fee schedule.

Christine began her career on Capitol Hill where she worked for two senior members of the House Committee on Ways and Means. There, she handled a diverse portfolio over the years of health care, tax, Social Security, energy and environment issues and ultimately rose to the position of Legislative Director for the late Congressman Clay Shaw (R-FL).

Christine's federal government service also includes time at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services where she worked on budget and appropriations issues. Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from the University of Delaware and is originally from Wilmington, Delaware.

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Emily Shetty
Vice President, Advocacy
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Emily Shetty

Vice President, Advocacy

Emily Shetty, Esq. joined Horizon Government Affairs in 2018 as Vice President of Advocacy. Emily brings an insider’s perspective on Capitol Hill, as a former senior aide to a Democratic Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; a Committee Counsel to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; the Senior Director of Federal Legislative Affairs at a large cancer patient organization; and a Delegate-elect for the Maryland state legislature representing District 18.

Most recently, Emily served as a Democratic consultant to a boutique bipartisan firm, where she provided Democratic messaging and federal government relations strategy advice to a variety of healthcare clients including patient groups, provider groups and life science groups. Prior to that, Emily managed the federal legislative affairs portfolio of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, focusing on ensuring sustainable access for patients to affordable, coordinated, quality healthcare.

Prior to joining LLS, Emily served as the Legislative Director to Congressman Ed Towns (D-NY), former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Emily managed the Congressman’s legislative agenda on the Subcommittee on Health, where she led the passage of bi-partisan legislation codifying and improving the Accelerated Approval pathway at the FDA as part of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012, resulting in the faster approval of innovative therapies. For this accomplishment, Emily received the Every Life Foundation’s RareVoice Award. An active member of the Democratic Party in Maryland, Emily was recently elected to serve District 18 in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Emily graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and a Certificate in Markets and Management. She then earned her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Emily is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

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Jonathan Frank
Communications Director
jfrank@horizondc.com

 

Jonathan Frank

Communications Director

Jonathan joined Horizon Government Affairs as Communications Director in 2017 after more than half a decade of service to Congressman Diane Black (R-TN), Chairman of the House Budget Committee and an active member of the GOP Doctors Caucus. His work with the Congressman included various stints as campaign manager, press secretary, and ultimately as communications director in a dual role with the House Budget Committee. During his time on Capitol Hill, Jonathan messaged key health policy issues including value-based insurance design (VBID), advance directives legislation, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement efforts. His work on behalf of the Congressman has been published in Time, Fox News, The Hill, Washington Examiner, Health Insurance Underwriters Magazine, and others.

A native of middle Tennessee, Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tennessee Tech University.

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Catherine Pugh
Sr. Director, Govt Affairs
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Catherine Pugh

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Catherine is Senior Director of Government Affairs for Health IT Now. Catherine joined Health IT Now in September 2014. Prior to joining Health IT Now, she spent three and a half years at the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), where she managed policy initiatives and formulated legislative and advocacy strategies in federal issue areas including Medicare, telehealth, and federal appropriations. At PAN, Catherine also helped coordinate a national network of volunteer grassroots advocates working towards better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s by educating the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s.

Catherine holds a BA in International Studies with a focus in US Foreign Policy from American University.

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Jennifer Steger
Sr. Director, Govt Affairs
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Jennifer Pielsticker Steger

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Jennifer joined Horizon Government Affairs in June 2014. Prior to joining Horizon, Jennifer spent seven years on Capitol Hill handling both operations and policy issues. First, serving as the Scheduler and then Legislative Assistant in the office of Representative Jean Schmidt (OH-02) for five years where her portfolio included Agriculture, Financial Services, and Judiciary issues. She then spent the last two years in the office of Representative Jim Gerlach (PA-06) managing operations as the Executive Assistant as well as the Financial Services legislative portfolio.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and American Studies from Miami University.

 
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Amanda Krzepicki
Manager, Govt Affairs
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Amanda Krzepicki

Manager, Government Affairs

Amanda joined Horizon Government Affairs in January 2018 as an intern and June 2018 as Manager, Government Affairs. Prior to joining Horizon, Amanda spent two and a half years at Neighborhood Health, a local federally qualified health center. At Neighborhood Health, Amanda managed the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) bus, a mobile dental clinic, and helped medically underserved children to enroll in Medicaid. Before her work on the WOW bus, Amanda served as an AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps Member also at Neighborhood Health.

Amanda holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech.

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Anne Rouse
Executive Assistant
arouse@horizondc.com

 

Anne Rouse

Executive Assistant

Bio coming soon

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Allison Wils
Vice President of Strategy
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Allison Wils

Vice President of Strategy

Allison Wils, Esq., joined Horizon Government Affairs in 2018 as Vice President of Strategy. In this role, Wils is tasked with building on HGA's record growth and recent extension into state health policy by enhancing the firm's visibility and reach, as well as managing HGA's offerings in state and regulatory affairs, among other responsibilities.

Wils brings to the role a wealth of strategic development experience, having launched and served as the first Executive Director of The ERISA Industry Committee's (ERIC) State Mandate Action Program - a resource providing ERIC members with real-time, actionable information on current and emerging state and local laws and regulations. As ERIC’s Senior Director of Health Policy, Wils monitored legislative and regulatory activity across the country, conducted analyses and advised members on appropriate policy responses.

Most recently, Wils served as Health Policy Advisor for Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies where she advised clients on healthcare matters at the federal and state level and led advocacy efforts before decisionmakers in Congress and the administration.

There, she was retained by HGA to help consult for the state of Wisconsin as it sought a Section 1332 waiver to address rising health insurance premiums. With Wils' invaluable support, HGA helped state leaders devise a $200 million state-based reinsurance program that was recently approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The program is expected to reduce Wisconsinites' premiums by an average of 11 percent, as compared to without the waiver.

Earlier in her career, Wils served as a Policy Specialist for the National Academy for State Health Policy and a Contracts & Grants Specialist for the Cover Oregon state-based exchange.

A graduate of Willamette University and Willamette University College of Law, Wils developed the law school's first certificate in law and government with an emphasis on health policy. Wils designed the course of study herself, becoming the first student to graduate with such a concentration. While there, Wils also gained key experience as a law clerk representing state regulatory boards before the Department of Justice and founded the school's Health and Law Policy Society.