The Council on Legislative & Regulatory Policy is responsible for identifying emerging legislative issues for consideration by MHA’s Executive Committee, and for providing high-level advocacy and strategic input on MHA’s annual legislative priorities, as well as other statewide issues expected to be addressed during the General Assembly session. The council provides guidance on advocacy opportunities and is responsible for recommending the approval of MHA’s legislative agenda to the Executive Committee. Council members work to expand the hospital field’s influence by strengthening relationships with elected state and federal leaders. 

Membership Roster

Leslie Simmons - Chair
Executive Vice President
LifeBridge Health, Baltimore

Timothy Adelman (Acting Member)
General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer
Luminis Health, Annapolis

Mark Boucot
President & CEO
Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland

Louis Damiano, M.D.
Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring

Michael A. Franklin
President & CEO
Atlantic General Hospital, Baltimore

Christopher Hall
Vice President Strategy/Chief Business Officer
TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, Salisbury

Donna Jacobs
Senior Vice President, Government, Regulatory Affairs & Community Health
University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore

Maulik Joshi, Dr.P.H.
President & CEO
Meritus Health, Hagerstown

Thomas Lewis
Vice President, Government and Community Affairs
The Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore

Edward Lovern (Acting Member)
President & Chief Executive Officer
Ascension Saint Agnes, Baltimore

Joseph Meyers
Chief Strategy Officer
Saint Agnes Healthcare. Baltimore

Nicki McCann
Vice President, Payer/Provider Transformation
The Johnson Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

Martha Nathanson
Vice President, Government Relations & Community Development
LifeBridge Health, Baltimore

Andrew Nicklas
Deputy General Counsel
Adventist HealthCare, Rockville

Ryan O’Doherty
Vice President, Marketing & External Affairs
Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Craig Rosendale
Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer
Frederick Health, Frederick

Bradley Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D.
President & CEO
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore

Thomas J. Senker
President, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Senior Vice President, MedStar Health

Lyle E. Sheldon
President & CEO
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System, Bel Air

Larry Smith
Vice President, Risk Management
MedStar Health, Columbia

Pegeen A. Townsend
Vice President, Government Affairs
MedStar Health, Columbia

Jennifer Wilkerson
Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
Sheppard Pratt Health System, Towson

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