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Senior staff

Karen M. Dale, R.N., M.S.N. Market President

Karen M. Dale is the Market President for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC), one of the largest Medicaid managed care organizations in Washington, D.C. Prior to leading AmeriHealth Caritas DC, Dale served as Executive Vice President of Health Care Management at DC Chartered Health Plan Inc. (Chartered). At Chartered, she led key initiatives that strategically positioned the organization as a market leader with innovative solutions for the critical challenges faced by its members.

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Lavdena A. Orr, M.D., FAAP Market Chief Medical Officer

Lavdena A. Orr is Market Chief Medical Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

Dr. Orr is responsible for overseeing the development of clinical policies, clinical programs, and quality initiatives to improve Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) performance, as well as interfacing with members, physicians, government representatives, and community-based organizations.

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Nathan Fletcher, D.D.S. Dental Director

Nathan Fletcher is the Dental Director for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

He is responsible for directing the oral health program for the health plan.

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Yavar Moghimi, M.D. Medical Director, Behavioral Health

Yavar Moghimi is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

Dr. Moghimi is responsible for improving behavioral health quality measures by enhancing the integration of behavioral health services with primary care and developing partnerships with community stakeholders to better reach AmeriHealth Caritas DC members with behavioral health and/or substance use needs.

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James R. Christian Director, Local Operations

James R. Christian is the Director of Local Operations for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

Christian is a health care professional with a total of 43 years of experience. He has had the opportunity to support organizations on an executive management level in the areas of hospital and managed care operations since 1988.

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Carl L. Chapman Sr. Director, Provider Network Management

Carl L. Chapman Sr. is the Director of Provider Network Management for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

He is responsible for managing AmeriHealth Caritas DC’s relationships with our provider network, which includes provider groups, facilities, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and various practitioners.  In addition, Chapman oversees recruitment and contract negotiations of all new providers who join the plan’s provider network as well as provider services and education.

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Terrence J. Cunningham Director, Finance

Terrence J. Cunningham is Director of Finance for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

He is responsible for all local accounting, finance, budgeting, and analytical support; financial reporting; and facilities operations for AmeriHealth Caritas DC.

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Brian Geesaman, M.A., C.H.C. Director, Compliance

Brian Geesaman is the Director of Compliance for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

Geesaman leads the Compliance program initiatives for the AmeriHealth Caritas DC Medicaid and Alliance programs.

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Stephanie Hafiz Director, Member Engagement

Stephanie Hafiz is the Director of Member Engagement for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

She is responsible for initiatives that improve health outcomes and member engagement that deliver ongoing value to members.

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Cheree Ingram, M.B.A., M.S. Director, Executive Projects

Cheree Ingram is Director of Executive Projects for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

She is responsible for overseeing and managing AmeriHealth Caritas DC’s portfolio of information technology programs and projects, leading various mobile initiatives, including developing mobile applications and text messaging services; tracking plan-level operational, project, and compliance tasks to ensure timely delivery; and defining data models and reporting metrics to support operational metrics and compliance requirements.

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Carla Lester, M.S.W., LICSW Director, Integrated Health Care Management

Carla Lester is the Director of Integrated Health Care Management for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

She is responsible for directing our care management programs, including the Bright Start® maternity management program, complex care management for members managing multiple health conditions, behavioral health, and early intervention.

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Keith Maccannon, M.B.A. Director, Marketing, Community Relations, and Outreach

Keith Maccannon is the Director of Marketing, Community Relations, and Outreach for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

He is responsible for the community health programs and marketing for the plan.

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Melanie S. Sage, M.S.N., R.N., CPHQ Director, Quality Management

Melanie S. Sage is the Director of Quality Management for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC).

She is responsible for regulatory compliance, performance improvement, quality of care, accreditation and certification management, performing root cause analyses, and developing plans for improvement, in addition to other oversight.

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Tracey Davis, Pharm.D. Director, Pharmacy

Dr. Tracey Davis, Pharm.D., is the Director of Pharmacy at AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC). She acts as the health plan's pharmacy liaison to the District's Department of Health Care Finance on matters related to the achievement of AmeriHealth Caritas DC's pharmacy-related quality and community outreach goals, as well as providing oversight of the plan's pharmacy benefits manager.

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