Board of Directors & Team

Dr.-Jeremy-Nobel-500x700-e1398451439112Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH
Foundation President and Founder

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH is on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, where his teaching and research activities address the design of healthcare delivery systems that improve quality, cost-effectiveness and access. He also works in consultation with several major organizations to develop healthcare programs that are centered on the use of emerging information technologies, combining “high tech” with “high-touch” in meeting the needs of patients and those who care for them.

A published poet, Dr. Nobel has received several awards for his poetry including the Bain-Swiggett Prize from Princeton University, and the American Academy of Poets Prize from the University of Pennsylvania.

An avid arts supporter, Dr. Nobel has served on the Board of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company of New York City, the Board of Overseers of the De Cordova Art Museum in Lincoln, MA, and is a member of the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston Director’s Circle.

Dr. Nobel graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University within the Science and Human Affairs program. He received his medical education at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his internal medicine residency at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. Board-certified in both Preventive Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dr. Nobel also holds Master’s Degrees in Epidemiology and Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health, where he is an adjunct professor.


PickeringLaurel Pickering

Laurel Pickering is a leader and visionary, devoted to transforming healthcare at both regional and national levels. As President & CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), Ms. Pickering has built an employer-led coalition of healthcare leaders and other stakeholders with the mission of empowering members to drive excellence and value in healthcare and the patient experience. NEBGH currently has 170 members comprised of national and global self-insured employers based in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts; plus national health plans, major consulting organizations, regional hospital systems and other key stakeholders.

Under Ms. Pickering’s leadership, NEBGH has become one of the most active and influential healthcare-focused business coalitions in the country, focused on moving toward a value-based delivery system. NEBGH delivers educational and training programs for benefits executives, user groups designed to help them improve health plan and PBM performance, and guidance on private exchanges via the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC), of which Ms. Pickering is a founder.

Multi-payer efforts initiated by NEBGH include reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions, piloting an integrated approach to behavioral health in primary care in NYC, and developing innovative solutions to obesity, diabetes and other workplace health concerns through NEBGH’s Solutions Center.  Based on these efforts, NEBGH has been enlisted by New York State’s Department of Health to play a key role in promoting a new advanced primary care model funded by a federal State Innovation Model (SIM) grant.

On the national level, Ms. Pickering is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Leapfrog Group, and serves on the Board of National Quality Forum (NQF) and National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH). Regionally, she is Chair of the Board of Directors of the NEBGH subsidiary HealthPass, a health insurance exchange for small businesses, and is also on the Board of Health Republic, a nonprofit health insurance plan in New York.

Ms. Pickering received her BA in Anthropology from SUNY Albany and MPH from Emory University.


Robert GabbayRobert Gabbay, MD, PhD

Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD has over 35 years of clinical and research experience and is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center. His research focuses on improving primary care health care delivery to enhance diabetes outcomes and patients’ experiences.

Dr. Gabbay’s research program is focused on studying integrative approaches to Reinvent Diabetes Care. Much of his efforts are organized around improving diabetes care within the primary care setting where most patients with diabetes receive treatment. Dr. Gabbay helped to lead a unique, state-wide initiative aimed at transforming care in Pennsylvania to be aligned with the Chronic Care Model. The Chronic Care Model, developed by Dr. Ed Wager, is the best evidence-based approach to transform care from an acute and reactive system to a proactive, planned, and population-based system of care. This unique undertaking merges, for the first time, changes in reimbursement with incentives for Chronic Care Model implementation. This initiative holds significant promise to transform healthcare in other regions and establishes a potential national model for systematic chronic disease management.

Dr. Gabbay has championed guiding patients to make positive changes in their behavior and has worked extensively with a technique known as motivational interviewing. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and lead to the publication of over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts in a variety of high impact health care journals.

Dr. Gabbay, originally a native of New York City, completed his Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University. He then earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin where he studied insulin signaling mechanisms. After an Internal Medicine Residency at Cornell University – New York Hospital, he had a Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. From 1998 he served as Professor of Medicine in College of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Penn State University, and Founding Director of the Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity and Penn State Hershey Diabetes Institute. He joined Joslin Diabetes Center in 2013.  He is committed to the important role that creative expression can have to improve the lives of those with chronic diseases.


MonsonMichael Monson

Michael Monson is the Corporate Vice President of Long Term Care & Dual Eligibles at Centene Corporation.  Operating in 21 states and with revenue of more than $21 billion, Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that provides programs and related services to the rising number of under-insured and uninsured individuals. Michael has national product responsibility for Centene’s Medicaid Managed Long Term Services & Supports products and its Medicare-Medicaid Plans (CMS Dual Demonstration).   These products operate in eight states and collectively comprise more than $4 billion in revenue.

Previously, Michael was the Chief Administrative Officer & Vice President of Residential Services at Village Care of New York where he had responsibility for a $60 million P&L as well as multiple corporate functions.  Village Care is a New York City based integrated health system with more than $200M in revenue.

Michael joined Village Care after having spent more than eight years working at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY).  With $1.6 billion in revenue, VNSNY is the country’s largest not-for-profit home-based healthcare company.  As both a payer (Medicare Advantage, Medicaid Long Term Care) and a provider (homecare, hospice, long term care), VNSNY services more than 140,000 individuals a year in the metro New York City marketplace.  At VNSNY, Michael was the Senior Vice President of Performance & Innovation.  In this role, reporting to the CEO, he was responsible for VNSNY’s overall corporate strategy and innovation platform.

Prior to joining VNSNY, Michael spent six years working for McKinsey & Company where he worked primarily with media and nonprofit clients.  Prior to working for McKinsey, Michael was the Finance Director for then Congressman Robert Menedez’s campaign.  Michael has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


GosuleLes Gosule

Leslie C. Gosule received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bentley College in 1969 and his Masters of Science in Taxation degree from Northeastern University in 2001. Mr. Gosule earned the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst in 1995 and is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He is an Investment Advisor Representative, a partner in Mainsail Advisors Services, LLC. Mr. Gosule has been licensed in both the security and life insurance industry for over 15 years. He is involved in business valuations, estate and succession planning, litigation support and all other aspects of business consulting for closely held business entities. Mr. Gosule was an instructor at Northeastern University for over 30 years. He is also on the Criminal History Board and is a board member/treasurer for the Garden of Peace. Mr. Gosule is working diligently to pass the habitual offender bill, named for his daughter, “the Melissa Bill”.


ObalilDeborah Obalil

Deborah Obalil has twenty years of experience as a leader in the national arts and culture industry, having led multiple highly acclaimed organizations and served as a well-regarded management consultant to the field. She currently serves as the President & Executive Director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), leading the organization in achieving its mission of strengthening and connecting its members schools, thus advancing art and design education.

Prior to her appointment with AICAD, Deborah operated a successful boutique arts management consulting firm, Obalil & Associates. The firm provided consultation and facilitation in strategic planning, marketing research and planning, and board development for non-profit arts organizations, independent artists of all disciplines, and creative for-profit ventures.

Deborah’s career has included leadership roles with the Alliance of Artists Communities, Arts & Business Council of Chicago, and the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. She has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors including Res Artis, the international network of artist residency centres; New Urban Arts, one of the country’s premier youth arts organizations, and Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts, a statewide advocacy organization, among others. In addition to the Foundation, Deborah currently serves on the board of Clinica Esperanza, a free clinic in Providence, RI that provides linguistically appropriate, culturally sensitive care to those in need.

Deborah received a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in History and Dance, and a certificate from the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders – Arts at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Murphy_Robert-2694Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy has over twenty-five years of hands-on marketing experience in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, retail, and political campaigns.

In healthcare specifically, he has led product development teams focused on patient-centric platforms for personal health management and chronic condition management, plus monitoring and intervention tools for provider teams.

Robert’s consulting practice, Marketing Navigators, is currently working with Performance Clinical Systems and Healthy Communities Institute, both offering components for providing population health management solutions.

He has contributed marketing, communications and branding guidance to the Foundation since its start. Robert lives in Southern California and has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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