NESCSO helps State agencies improve the effectiveness of publicly funded health and human services by investing in State employees

NESCSO helps State agencies improve the effectiveness of publicly funded health and human services by investing in State employees

Our Story

ABOUT US

Founded in 1998 by the Secretaries and Commissioners of the New England State Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies and the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, the New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting the capacity of state government Health and Human Service agencies to effectively respond to the needs of the people they serve. We deeply believe in the power of state government and its employees to improve the lives of the people they serve.

For over 20 years, we have accomplished this through the use of state-to-state collaboration, investing in state HHS employees, providing them with education and training, connecting them with peers in other states, and promoting the effective use of technology. We envision a publicly-funded health and human services system where the delivery of services begins with a focus on the whole person and not solely on the requirements of single programs.

NESCSO is also the convener of the Medicaid Enterprise Systems (MES) Community. Through year-round working groups and the yearly MES Conference, NESCSO supports Medicaid systems across the country. NESCSO is governed by the New England State Health and Human Services agencies and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

NEW ENGLAND MEMBER STATES LINKS

Explore the state organizations who are represented within NESCSO

Connecticut

Maine

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

Vermont

Meet Our Core Team

Elena Nicolella

Executive Director

401-952-4369
elena.nicolella@nescso.org

Elena Nicolella joined New England States Consortium Systems Organization as Executive Director in 2016. Elena previously worked for the State of Rhode Island for nine years in several positions, including Director of Policy and Innovation as well as Medicaid Director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and as a consultant to the Behavioral Health agency. Elena also worked for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services for eight years as a Health Insurance Specialist. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.

David Huffman

Director of Operations

509-365-7833
david.huffman@nescso.org

David Huffman is the Director of Operations at the New England States Consortium Systems Organization and has been with the organization since 2012. David previously worked in a leadership capacity for a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and a regional Health Maintenance Organization. David has two Master’s degrees in Non-profit Management and Health Care Administration, both from Worcester State University.

Michele Allan

Financial & Project Management

michele.allan@nescso.org

Michele Allan is an accounting professional with more than 15 years of experience in accounting auditing, and finance. Michele has worked with two regional audit firms is the Founder and Partner at Allpoint Accounting, LLC. Michele has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Becker College and a Master of Science in Accounting from Worcester State University.

Elena Nicolella joined New England States Consortium Systems Organization as Executive Director in 2016. Elena previously worked for the State of Rhode Island for nine years in several positions, including Director of Policy and Innovation as well as Medicaid Director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and as a consultant to the Behavioral Health agency. Elena also worked for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services for eight years as a Health Insurance Specialist. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.

David Huffman is the Director of Operations at the New England States Consortium Systems Organization and has been with the organization since 2012. David previously worked in a leadership capacity for a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and a regional Health Maintenance Organization. David has two Master’s degrees in Non-profit Management and Health Care Administration, both from Worcester State University.

Michele Allan is an accounting professional with more than 15 years of experience in accounting auditing, and finance. Michele has worked with two regional audit firms is the Founder and Partner at Allpoint Accounting, LLC. Michele has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Becker College and a Master of Science in Accounting from Worcester State University.

Meet Our Board Members

We are governed by the New England State Health and Human Services agencies and the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.

Connecticut

Mike Gilbert, Deputy Commissioner

Medical Care Administration

Maine

Molly Slotznick, Chief Operating Officer

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Massachusetts

Amanda Cassel Kraft, Acting Assistant Secretary for MassHealth

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

New Hampshire

Henry Lipman, Medicaid Director

Department of Health and Human Services

Rhode Island

Benjamin Shaffer, Medicaid Director

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

UMASS Chan Medical School

Terry Dougherty, Corporate Strategy Advisor

Commonwealth Medicine 

Vermont

Ena Backus, Director of Health Reform

Vermont Agency of Human Services

Our Consulting Partners

Amelia Mayme Consulting, LLC

Kate Ricker-Kiefert

kate@amhealthitconsulting.com

UNH, Institute for Health Policy and Practice

Jo Porter

jo.porter@unh.edu

National Academy for State Health Policy

Elinor Higgins

ehiggins@nashp.org

Coherance, Inc

Arvinder Singh

arvindersingh@coherance-inc.com

Health Policy Analytics

Gerard Goulet

 gerard.goulet@gmail.com

Health Systems Transformation

Joshua Slen

joshua.slen@health-system-transformation.com

UMass Chan Medical School

Bonnie C. Greenwood

Bonnie.Greenwood@umassmed.edu

Slusky Consulting, LLC

Richard Slusky

richardslusky@gmail.com

Milbank Memorial Fund

Rachel Block

rachelblock13@gmail.com