News Release
January 14, 2021 

NAACOS Announces 2021 Board of Directors and Committee Members 

Washington – The National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) announced its 2021 Board of Directors, as the organization grows in prominence and ACOs become an increasingly critical part of how health care is paid for and delivered. The Board of Directors helps set NAACOS’ advocacy agenda and member services for its more than 370 ACO members. The 2021 Board consists of nine seats for single ACOs, six seats for organizations with multiple ACOs, one private payer ACO seat, and the CEO, Clif Gaus. An election was held in the fall for three open single-ACO representative seats and two open multi-ACO representative seats with the following result: 

Single-ACO Representatives:

  • David Carmouche, Ochsner Health Network (three-year term)
  • Rebecca Rohrbach, NOMS ACO (one-year term)
  • Nina Taggart, Lehigh Valley Health Network (three-year term) 

Multi-ACO Representatives (three-year term):

  • Tim Gronniger, Caravan Health
  • Anthony Reed, Ascension (reelected) 

The following board officers were appointed by the Board for 2021 in late 2020:

  • Past-Chair: Thomas Kloos, Atlantic ACO and Optimus Healthcare Partners
  • Chair: Rob Fields, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Chair-Elect: Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health
  • Treasurer: Stephen Nuckolls, Coastal Carolina Quality Care
  • Secretary: Emily Brower, Trinity Health
  • Member-at-Large: Kim Kauffman, Best Value Healthcare 

Continuing board members not listed above include: Gary Albers, Imperium Health; Travis Broome, Aledade; Lorri Havlovitz, Collaborative Health System; Melanie Matthews, MultiCare Connected Care and Physicians of Southwest Washington; Jamie Reedy, Summit Medical Group – New Jersey; and Clif Gaus, NAACOS President and CEO.  

For a complete list of the NAACOS Board of Directors as well as biographies for board members, please visit

NAACOS would also like to announce new members of its 2021 Policy and Quality Committees.  The NAACOS Policy Committee helps guide the NAACOS advocacy agenda to improve the long-term stability and success of the accountable care model. Policy committee members provide vital feedback to NAACOS on a variety of issues related to the accountable care model, including on policy changes, regulations and legislation under consideration by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress.  

Travis Broome, Aledade, has been appointed as the new chair of the Policy Committee and new members of the committee are:

  • Greg Dadlez, Ochsner Accountable Care Network
  • Rick Foerster, Privia Health
  • Jessica Landin, The ACO/Evolent Care Partners
  • Jennifer Meeks, West Michigan ACO, LLC
  • Gale Pearce, Millennium Physician Group
  • Louise Yinug, Caravan Health 

The NAACOS Quality Committee is comprised of board members and NAACOS members with direct involvement in ACO quality improvement efforts. The committee evaluates quality initiatives and requirements that relate to ACOs and focuses on the role of quality in population-based payment models. Committee members help develop and guide NAACOS quality strategy pertaining to Medicare ACO models such as the Shared Savings Programs and other payers with ACO contracts. 

New member of the Quality Committee:

  • Lori Schultz, Village MD 

ACOs are a market-based solution to help lower the cost of healthcare spending, where groups of doctors, hospitals and other providers take responsibility for the total cost and quality of care for their patients. ACOs are incentivized to lower costs by spending less than pre-determined targets and hitting quality measures, earning the right to share generated savings. 



David Pittman
NAACOS Health Policy and Communications Advisor
202-640-2689 or [email protected]