Exciting News at Consumer Health First!

Kathy Ruben, M.S., Ph.D.

Kathy Ruben, M.S., Ph.D.

For over a decade Consumer Health First has built the reputation of putting the interests and needs of consumers first as Maryland has designed and implemented our health care reform initiatives. During that time, colleagues have described us as reliable, professional, honest, and fun. Today we are excited to announce a strong new team to address the future. (Read our press release) These appointments underscore the Board's commitment to our mission and to both the stability and sustainability of Consumer Health First.

  • Dr. Kathleen Ruben has taken up the position of Executive Director - effective December 4. Kathy has a Doctorate in Health Services Administration from the University of Maryland School of Public Health and she comes to us with a wealth and depth of experience that will serve to reinforce and expand the value of our work. Most recently she served at the Maryland Health Care Commission, first as an Advanced Health Policy Analyst and more recently as a Program Manager. In that position she worked on the just-released MHCC Report - Transforming Maryland's rural healthcare system: A regional approach to rural healthcare delivery - and on regulations for behavioral health facilities and services in Maryland. 
  • Beth Sammis, who has been serving as CHF Secretary, will become President of the CHF Board on January 1, 2018. She began her career in Maryland at the Department of Legislative Services and more recently served as Acting Insurance Commissioner. She brings not only a depth of expertise to CHF but also a strong sense of humor that will stand us all in good stead as we face both the challenges and opportunities ahead. Beth will be joined by Leni Preston as Vice-President; Mary Lou Fox as Treasurer; and Madeleine Shea as Secretary. With the other members of the Board, CHF continues to have a strong bench to lead the organization into its 13th year of operation.  

For much of Consumer Health First's history, I have been privileged to serve as both President and CEO. Our success has rested upon an outstanding team drawn from among Maryland's leading policy and advocacy experts. Some serve on the CHF Board. For those who may be interested in joining our Board please contact me. Our team also includes our national and state partners, Maryland's elected officials and decision makers, as well as a diversity of other stakeholders.

We are very excited to have Kathy at the head of CHF and we all look forward to joining forces with our many partners to forge a state where health equity is advanced through access to high-quality, comprehensive and affordable health care. 

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Leni Preston, President

leni@mdchcr.org; Cell: 301.351.9381