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Members

The GMCB was created by the Vermont Legislature in 2011.  It is an independent group of five Vermonters who, with their staff, are charged with ensuring that changes in the health system improve quality while stabilizing costs. 

Nominated by a broad-based committee and appointed by the Governor, the Board includes:

Photo of Chair Owen Foster

Owen Foster, J.D., Chair 

Owen Foster served as an assistant United States attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont for eight years, where he was the healthcare fraud coordinator and ethics officer. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, he was a securities litigation associate for seven years at Dechert, LLP.  Owen was born and raised in Middlebury, Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2001, and from Columbia Law School in 2007. Appointed by Governor Phil Scott for a term beginning October 1, 2022, and ending February 29, 2024.

 

Jessica Holmes, Ph.D.

Portrait of Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes is a Professor of Economics at Middlebury College. Her teaching portfolio includes courses in microeconomics, health economics, the economics of social issues and the economics of sin. She has published several articles in areas such as philanthropy, economic development, health economics, labor economics and pedagogy. Prior to joining the Middlebury faculty, she worked as a litigation consultant for National Economic Research Associates, conducting economic analyses for companies facing lawsuits involving securities fraud, product liability, and intellectual property. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University and her PhD in Economics from Yale University. She is a past Trustee of Porter Medical Center, having served as Board Secretary and Co-chair of the Strategy Committee. Jessica lives in Cornwall, Vermont. Appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin for a term beginning on October 8, 2014, and ending on September 30, 2020. Reappointed by Governor Phil Scott for a second term ending in 2026.

 

Robin Lunge, J.D., MHCDS Portrait of Robin Lunge

Robin J. Lunge, JD, MHCDS, was appointed to the Board in November 2016. Prior to joining the Board, Robin served for almost six years as the State’s Director of Health Care Reform for Governor Peter Shumlin’s administration. Her past experience includes working as a nonpartisan staff attorney at Vermont Legislative Council, where she drafted legislation and provided support to members of the Vermont Legislature relating to health and human services matters, and at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. as a senior policy analyst on public benefits issues. Robin’s areas of expertise are federal and state public benefit programs, health care, and health care reform. Robin holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a Masters of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. Appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin for a term beginning on November 28, 2016, and ending on November 27, 2022.

 

David Murman, M.D.Photo of Member Murman

David Murman currently works as an emergency medical clinician at Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC). Prior to his current position, he was an emergency physician and co-director of emergency ultrasound at the University of Vermont Medical Center, an emergency physician at Baystate Medical Center, and completed emergency residency at Boston Medical Center. At CVMC, Murman has been active on finance and operations committees, medical student and resident education, and was a founding member of the diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. He received a B.S. in psychology and his Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University. Before attending medical school, Murman worked in non-profit education/intervention programs for underserved youth, cardiac surgery clinical research, and public health research in Botswana. Murman’s appointment begins October 1, 2022, for a term expiring September 30, 2028.

 

Thom Walsh, Ph.D., MS, MSPT   

Dr. Thomas Walsh is a professor of health policy who holds academic appointments at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Boise State University's College of Health Science. He is also a physical therapist and orthopedic clinical specialist who has practiced across the country, including at Dartmouth Hitchcock in New Hampshire. Dr. Walsh is an expert in health care systems, policy, and patient care. He is currently a senior expert on health system transformation at the Joint Commission - Center for Transforming Healthcare. In previous roles, he served as a high reliability organization expert for the Veterans Health Administration with Safe & Reliable Healthcare and as founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Cardinal Point Healthcare Solutions, whose clients included U.S. Navy Medicine, One Health Nebraska, the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation, Maine Medical Center among others. Dr. Walsh was appointed by Governor Phil Scott and will serve a six-year term. He currently resides in Colchester, Vermont.                                                                            

 

Susan J. Barrett, J.D., Executive Director

Portrait of Susan J. Barrett

Susan J. Barrett, an attorney, was formerly Director of Public Policy in Vermont for the Bi-State Primary Care Association. She joined Bi- State in 2011 after nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry with Novartis, Merck, and Wyeth. Susan’s health care experience also includes pro bono legal work and an internship with Health Law Advocates (HLA), a non-profit public interest law firm in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of New England Law Boston and Regis College. She lives in Norwich, Vermont.