Senior Researcher

Heather Onuma-Brennan, M.P.H., is a senior researcher at L&M, bringing twenty years of experience conducting public health research, planning, and health communications projects, with a primary focus on vulnerable populations.

Ms. Onuma-Brennan is skilled at directing fast-paced, complex, team-based qualitative research projects, while contributing thoughtful, creative energy and strategies to meet client needs and ensure representative samples of hard-to-reach populations. Her work touches a diverse set of health policies, health communications, and patient and provider audiences. She has extensive experience and expertise in qualitative research methods, including key informant interviews, focus groups and in-depth interviews, through both in-person and remote platforms.

Presently, Ms. Onuma-Brennan is a qualitative research project lead, currently working on the development of a disparities cost calculator for the CMS Office of Minority Health, while conducting interviews to support the evaluation of the CMS Home Health Value Based Purchasing initiative. In addition, she is developing communication strategies to increase awareness and use of pediatric quality measures for the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Ms. Onuma-Brennan recently managed a nationwide qualitative research project for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, exploring factors driving disparities in the use of preventive health services among diverse Medicare beneficiary communities who face low service uptake, and the healthcare providers who serve them. She has conducted research for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), assessing how elderly residents’ perceptions of health, well-being and satisfaction with housing and services are impacted by a new service coordination approach. Ms. Onuma-Brennan has contributed to several Department of Labor projects, including the evaluation of the United States Military Apprenticeship Program and an assessment of individuals’ impressions of the paid leave law in California.

Prior to joining L&M in 2012, Ms. Onuma-Brennan served in a variety of roles focused on cross-sector coalition-building, health communications, program and policy development to positively impact social determinants of health. She has also worked as a public health research and evaluation consultant for municipal, county, state and federal government agencies, academic institutions and private foundations. Ms. Onuma-Brennan holds an M.P.H. with a concentration in Community Health Sciences from the University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton University.

Nkhita Allam

Research Associate

Nkhita Allam is a Research Associate at L&M with experience in population health consulting, economic evaluation and health policy analysis, grant writing, and public health equity research.

Lauren Blatt

Senior Researcher

Lauren Blatt is a senior researcher at L&M. She has spent over 15 years using qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyses to inform, evaluate, and improve health care programs and performance.

Michael Cavanaugh, M.A.

Senior Researcher

Michael Cavanaugh is a senior researcher at L&M. Mr. Cavanaugh is an expert in community based participatory research, ethnography, working with tribal communities, and qualitative research methods.

Sally Crelia, M.P.H.

Senior Research Director

Sally Crelia, M.P.H., is a senior research director at L&M. She has extensive experience in various methods of qualitative research, including designing, conducting and analyzing results from cognitive and in-depth interviews, small group discussions and focus groups, and key informant interviews, in English and in Spanish.

Finn Dobkin

Research Assistant

Finn Dobkin is a Research Assistant at L&M with quantitative research experience in healthcare policy and public health. He has contributed to quantitative and qualitative analysis for government reports, as well as academic manuscripts.

Colleen Dobson, M.S.

Senior Researcher

Colleen Dobson, M.S., is a senior researcher at L&M. Ms. Dobson has nearly ten years of experience conducting qualitative research to support health care communications and evaluation projects, with a particular focus on elderly and low-income populations, individuals with chronic conditions and disabilities, health insurance consumers and the uninsured.

Julia Doherty, M.H.S.A.

Senior Research Director

Julia A. Doherty, M.H.S.A., is a Senior Research Director at L&M. Ms. Doherty has over 30 years of experience in health care management, policy, and research, and focuses on qualitative research in health care delivery and payment innovation.

Lisa H. Green, Ph.D.

Founding Principal

Lisa H. Green, Ph.D., is a founding principal of L&M and brings over two decades of experience as a health services researcher focused on health care access, quality and costs for populations covered under federal health care programs.

Patrick Hardy

Research Associate

Patrick Hardy is a research associate at L&M. Mr. Hardy has experience in program evaluation and health policy analysis and works on evaluation and program support projects for federal clients such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the CMS Innovation Center (CMS), and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Margaret Edder Johnson, M.B.A.

Director

Margaret Edder Johnson, M.B.A., is a director at L&M. She has over 20 years of experience in health care policy, research, and management. She brings skills in primary research data collection, including leading key informant interviews with providers, payers, consumers, and employers; conducting in-depth formative and cognitive interviews with consumers; and moderating focus group discussions with consumers and providers.

Ferhat Q. Kassamali, M.Sc., M.P.H.

Senior Researcher

Ferhat Q. Kassamali, M.Sc., M.P.H., is a senior researcher at L&M. He joined L&M in 2009 and has nearly 20 years of experience in financial analysis and modeling, strategic planning, business processes, data analytics, prospective payment systems, program evaluation, and general health care policy and research.

William Lane

Senior Researcher

William P. Lane, is a Senior Researcher at L&M. He has more than 25 years of experience in organizational strategy and operations, managed care operational assessments, and formative and evaluative research, including key informant interviews and case studies with consumer groups, providers, government agencies, and consumers across a range of health care topics.

Heather McPheron, M.P.H.

Director

Heather McPheron, M.P.H., is a Director at L&M. She has 15 years of health care consulting experience on a wide range of health care management and research projects ranging from provider-based operations and strategy to program planning and evaluation, policy analysis, and technical assistance.

Kelly Moriarty

Senior Research Director

Kelly Moriarty is a senior research director at L&M. She has spent two decades conducting health care research, focusing on consumer research and communications, quality measure development, and program implementation and assessment.

Alexandra (Rose) Nagele

Research Assistant

Alexandra (Rose) Nagele is a Research Assistant at L&M Policy Research. Ms. Nagele has research experience in the biological sciences as well as the humanities. At L&M, she assists with primary data collection and analysis for the evaluation of the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model, an initiative of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

Heather Onuma-Brennan, M.P.H.

Senior Researcher

Heather Onuma-Brennan, M.P.H., is a senior researcher at L&M, bringing twenty years of experience conducting public health research, planning, and health communications projects, with a primary focus on vulnerable populations.

Angel Rollo

Research Assistant

Angel Rollo, M.Eng, is a Research Assistant at L&M Policy Research. Ms. Rollo has experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and using quality and process improvement tools in the field of healthcare.

Monica Sarmiento, M.A.

Director

Monica Sarmiento, M.A., is a director at L&M. She has over 15 years of experience in the areas of project management, health care research, and monitoring and compliance activities.

Claudia Schur, Ph.D.

Senior Research Director

Claudia L. Schur, Ph.D., is a senior research director at L&M. Dr. Schur has more than 30 years of experience in health policy research, program evaluation, survey design and implementation, and quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Vladislav Slanchev, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher

Vladislav Slanchev, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at L&M. Dr. Slanchev brings research experience in quantitative analysis, evaluation design for assessing the performance of health care payment models, development of econometric models to explain the determinants of individuals’ decisions and outcomes, and survey design.

Myra A. Tanamor, M.P.P.

Founding Principal

Myra A. Tanamor, M.P.P., is founding principal of L&M and has spent more than 20 years working on health care financing, delivery, and health communication strategies. She has extensive project management experience, directing many small- and large-scale qualitative studies for the federal government, non-profit organizations, foundations, and professional associations.

Russ Tisinger, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher

Russ Tisinger, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at L&M. Dr. Tisinger’s work focuses on health-related consumer choice and social marketing messaging. He currently conducts both qualitative and quantitative audience research to support the development and evaluation of HealthCare.gov, the online portal for the federally facilitated health insurance exchanges.

Lisa Tomai, M.S.

Senior Researcher

Lisa Tomai, M.S., is a senior researcher at L&M. She has over 25 years of experience in healthcare analytics and research in both public and private settings. Ms. Tomai has worked extensively with large healthcare claims and administrative databases from sources including Medicare, Medicaid, Worker’s Compensation, and commercial carriers.

Alyson Marano Ward, R.N., M.P.H.

Senior Researcher

Alyson Marano Ward, R.N., M.P.H., is a senior researcher at L&M with more than twenty years of experience working on public health policy issues and conducting program evaluation for a variety of audiences, including Medicare and Medicaid eligible populations.

Emily Zhu

Research Assistant

Emily Zhu is a research assistant at L&M. Ms. Zhu has qualitative research experience in public health and has contributed to published literature reviews. At L&M, she provides research support to evaluation projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).