NAHAC Board of Directors

NAHAC is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Their terms of office are from March to March of each year. The Board of Directors has nine voting members and two ex-officio non-voting members. It elects four Officers of the Association at the yearly annual meeting in March: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The current Board of Directors for 2014-2015 includes:


Sima Kahn, M.D. - Owner of Healthcare Advocacy Partners

Sima Kahn PHDA board certified physician, Sima Kahn has always been a passionate advocate for her patients and founded Healthcare Advocacy Partners in 2009 to fill a critical gap in the healthcare system. After almost 25 years of Obstetrics and Gynecology practice, Sima’s breadth of clinical experience has given her a deep understanding of the complexities of the medical system and the overwhelming confusion patients often feel when faced with significant health situations. Her strong abilities to help patients navigate these situations and to help them develop personalized treatment plans are some of the many reasons Sima consistently received high patient-satisfaction ratings while in clinical practice.


Elizabeth Bailey – Author, Filmmaker, Patient Advocate

Sima Kahn PHDElizabeth Bailey is the author of The Patient’s Checklist: 10 Simple Checklists to Keep You Safe, Sane and Organized (Sterling Publishing), called a “godsend” for patients and families by The New York Times. The book provides 10 user-friendly checklists to help patients and caregivers navigate and better manage and monitor the complexities of high tech hospital care. She has an MA in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and has worked as a Patient Representative at a major teaching hospital in New York City. She is a speaker on patient engagement in the hospital setting for both patient and provider groups and conferences.

In her first career she was the Head of Music Video Production for two major pop labels and executive-produced hundreds of music videos for a variety of musical artists. She has directed over thirty music videos and is currently at work on a documentary about palliative care.


Lee Mulert, MBA, MS, CSA

Lee Mulert, MBA, MS, CSALee Mulert is a Professional Health Advocate with more than 25 years of extensive knowledge and experience in the health care industry from business, reimbursement, clinical and psychosocial perspectives. In addition to her MBA, she has a Master’s degree in Counseling and is a Certified Senior Advisor, demonstrating knowledge across a range of issues critical to older adults. Her intuitive personality and problem solving skills help patients and families to work through crises and identify options that meet their needs. Lee is at ease with all levels of medical professionals. Her many years of experience conducting negotiations help to facilitate communications and mediate difficult situations for her clients. Lee’s goal is to ensure that her clients understand and feel that they are empowered participants in every aspect of their own health care.

Lee earned her Bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in Sociology/Science in Human Affairs (1980) and her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Chicago (1984). She was awarded a Master of Science degree in Counseling by National Louis University (2012). Lee is a member of the Board and the Treasurer of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) since March 2015. She is also a member of and is committed to the Codes of Ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA), the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and NAHAC.


Marsha Hyslop R.N, CSA, MBA - President of Liaisons for Healthcare

Marsha Hyslop R.N, CSA, MBAMarsha has over 30 years experience in the healthcare industry.Marsha's expertise includes a strong clinical and business background. After completing her undergraduate degree in nursing at The University of Texas she functioned as Head Nurse of Neurosurgery at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Upon completion of the Neuro Nurse Specialist program at The Methodist Hospital, she worked as a clinical nurse specialist for a group of neurosurgeons in the Houston Medical Center.In 1985, Marsha founded a durable medical equipment business with the goal of aligning herself with clinical professionals to ultimately expand into the rehabilitation field. After undergoing two back operations as a young woman, her personal and professional mission was to provide a patient centered, outcome focused, multidisciplinary center to help patients with chronic pain. Marsha founded the third CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilitates) accredited pain program in the city of Houston and eventually expanded to include six CARF accredited pain management and return to work programs as well as outpatient physical therapy, psychological, social and vocational services. She also obtained a CORF (Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility) license through Medicare to continue the business expansion into outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Marsha completed her MBA at Le Tourneau University in Houston while continuing to grow her businesses. After selling her businesses she has spent the last several years consulting in the healthcare and business industries.Marsha is continuing her mission to help patients achieve outcome focused treatment through her role in Liaisons for Healthcare LLC. Through her years of experience, compassion and commitment to excellence she is successfully bridging the gap between the patient and the healthcare team.

Maryellen Jachimowski - MSN, RN – Private Patient Healthcare Coordinator

Maryellen JachimowskiA physician and three attorneys in Maryellen’s family have been the initial and steady influences bringing her to the field of patient advocacy. Her 35 years in nursing began with undergraduate studies at Loyola University in Chicago, followed by graduate studies at Boston University, after which Maryellen focused her clinical work on psychiatric-substance abuse nursing for five years. Since then her professional experience has included staff nursing in a medical ICU; teaching basic nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital; and psychiatric liaison nursing positions in several hospitals where she evaluated and helped create revised care plans for distressed patients and families on general hospital units. Maryellen was recruited into corporate positions for two multi-state railroads based in Chicago, establishing their drug and alcohol screening program required by federal regulation. When those companies moved out of Chicago, she transitioned into the field of risk management, consulting for three Midwestern states; and later worked as a risk manager in a large Chicago hospital. While working in risk management she became certified as a Legal Nurse Consultant - a credential which opened doors for her at both plaintiff and defense law firms and, finally, at the Illinois Judges Foundation where she administered all business functions including planning major fund-raising events. Throughout all these experiences Maryellen has served as a patient advocate for family and friends, resulting in referrals to others in need of guidance in navigating the current healthcare system.

Beth Droppert, RN, BSN - CEO of Allied Health Advocates LLC

Beth Droppert, RN, BSNBeth founded Allied Health Advocates after a 35-year career in nursing, which began at the University of Pennsylvania hospital in direct patient care. Beth specialized in Intensive Care Nursing, working in management at the University of Washington Hospital. She co-founded a clinical research site management company, called Pacific Coast Clinical Coordinators Inc., which helped companies manage clinical trials. For the past 18 years she has been working with Biopharmaceutical companies to provide training that helps them set up and manage clinical trials. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Washington and became a registered nurse in 1971. She was a founding member of the Women’s Bioethics Project and is a past board member of the Northwest Children’s Fund. She is a founding member and board member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC); is currently serving on the board of the Providence Hospice Foundation and is involved in the Puget Sound Health Alliance Consumer Engagement Committee.

Teri Dreher, RN CCRN iRNPA

Teri DreherWith over 36 years of clinical experience in Critical Care nursing, home based healthcare and expertise as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, Teri is well acquainted with the complexities of the modern healthcare system. She has served as a nursing leader, mentor, educator and consistent patient advocate throughout her career in some of the best hospitals across the country. Her passion for patient safety and drive to keep the patient at the center of the American healthcare system led her to incorporate North Shore Patient Advocates in 2011, serving clients throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago. She is also an inspirational speaker, writer and private patient advocate who helps young and old alike navigate personal health challenges successfully, saving lives, financial resources and time. She specializes in complex multi system health management, positive collaboration and provision of premium health referrals.

Teri is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants, the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, and the NAHAC Best Practices/Standards committee that develops national standards for industry.

Linda Koebner – Advocate, Author, Non Profit Management

Linda KoebnerLinda Koebner advocates for patient and care providers through direct support and the written word. She is especially interested in encouraging dialogue about palliative and end of life care.

With the tools of medical narrative and animal assisted therapy, Linda supports the medically fragile. Currently she is a patient representative in a major New York teaching hospital as well as supporting seniors through life transitions in her private practice.

A graduate of the Health Advocacy Masters program at Sarah Lawrence College, Linda continues her advocacy work through action and education. She has authored numerous articles including a chapter in Our Changing Journey to the End, The Health Advocate in End of Life Care and Imagine in PULSE, Voice from the Heart of Medicine.

Prior to her current vocation, Linda was an advocate for non-human animals. In 1974, she became co-director of the Great Ape Protection Project. Funded through the National Science Foundation, Rutgers University and private support, she created a sanctuary for a dozen laboratory chimpanzees in Florida. Years later, as Executive Director of Chimp Haven, she established a consortium of organizations to focus on the creation of the CHIMP Act (Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance and Protection) mandating the National Institutes of Health to retire chimpanzees no longer needed in biomedical research. Chimp Haven was named the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary System and is currently home to 200 chimpanzees.

Linda was Director of Development for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, has worked with The Wildlife Conservation Society, and developed programs and materials for major national cultural institutions. She is the author of numerous books and articles. Her work has appeared on national television programs.

L. Bradley Schwartz – Attorney | Advocate

L. Bradley SchwartzFor more than 20 years, L. Bradley Schwartz represented insurance companies. As a courtroom litigator he defended hundreds of lawsuits in jury trials across northern Illinois, His years of experience as an insurance defense attorney exposed Mr. Schwartz to many aspects our healthcare system, including unfortunate instances of medical malpractice. He has deposed thousands of healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and hospital staff on issues ranging from personal injury recovery, insurance coverage, malpractice and medical-error prevention. His knowledge-base includes a comprehensive understanding of many types of insurance policies and he has the litigation credentials to ensure compliance.

In 2004 Mr. Schwartz presented to the local emergency room with a worsening headache. Over the course of many hours, he gradually became septic and comatose. He was hospitalized for 6 months and lost his limbs due to medical negligence. He currently uses prosthetic legs and arms. In 2012 Mr. Schwartz left his law firm and started a solo practice. He began volunteering his services to the Chicago Legal Clinic, a non-profit legal services clinic serving the indigent and in 2014 he was honored with the James D. Jacobson Award for his “outstanding efforts in making the legal system accessible to those in need.“ Brad is a member of NAHAC (National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants) and various health and insurance law committees. He is a member of the ACA (Amputee Coalition of America) and) and he maintains professional relationships with many doctors, attorneys, nurses, therapists, advocates and counselors.

Today, L. Bradley Schwartz represent clients in medical malpractice, personal Injury and insurance litigation; In addition, he utilizes his legal skills and his insurance experience to advocate for proper medical care and coordination of care in complex medical cases. Mr. Schwartz provides peer support for amputees and assists individuals with disabilities overcome barriers to access, including ADA violations.

Deborah Jones – Health Advocacy Consultant

Deborah JonesDeborah Jones brings an extensive corporate background in strategic planning and change management, particularly with respect to employee health and welfare benefits, to the field of health advocacy. A recent graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College Master's program in Health Advocacy, Deborah consulted with Indiana University Health in the creation of a program of healthful eating in the network's retail food venues. Prior to her graduate studies, she held managerial roles in employee communications at Cummins Inc. and United Airlines; she has also produced cable television programming for the American Medical Association. Deborah is currently consulting on issues of aging and end-of-life planning at the community level in the state of Indiana.

Anne Jacoby

As a healthcare advisor and private-case manager, Anne’s extensive nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings provides a keen awareness of the challenges an increasingly complex healthcare system poses to consumers, healthcare providers and educators. Her professional career spans working with attorneys as a legal nurse consultant, as an educator and administrator in a variety of academic settings, as a supervisor of home healthcare teams, and as a nurse clinician with patients in the critical care unit.

Anne received her Ph.D. in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, her BSN and MSN from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing, and her certification as a cardiovascular nurse specialist from The Methodist Hospital (Houston, TX).

Anne joined Healthassist in 2014 and offers expert help in demystifying healthcare and medical insurance, helping clients achieve a 360-degree view of their healthcare issues with information, education, advocacy and other services. Healthassist puts the client at the center of every interaction with the healthcare and insurance systems. Her years of experience has afforded Anne the skills to offer consulting, coaching, information and assistance to help empower clients to make the best decisions regarding their healthcare. This partnership with clients, their families and interdisciplinary healthcare members facilitates informed decision making and holistic care.

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