Our Team

Beth Tanzman, MSW | Executive Director

Beth Tanzman is the Executive Director of the Vermont Blueprint for Health. In addition to leading the statewide expansion of the Blueprint, Ms. Tanzman leads the Hub & Spoke program for opioid addiction treatment for the Department of Vermont Health Access. Beth recently led the development of the report to the Legislature on how the health services system could address Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Prior to joining the Blueprint, Beth served as Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health, leading the planning to replace Vermont State Hospital, supporting the development of intensive services for children and families, and the implementation of evidence-based services for adults with mental illness. Ms. Tanzman directed Adult Mental Health Services for the Department of Mental Health for over a decade.

Beth has an MSW from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany. She serves as Board Chair for Alyssum, Inc. a peer-run crisis residential program in Rochester, Vermont and is on the board of Pathways Vermont.

Jenney Samuelson, MS, MCHES | Associate Director

Jenney Samuelson is the Associate Director of the Vermont Blueprint for Health. She holds a Masters of Science in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.

Jenney leads operations for the Blueprint. She also works closely with Agency of Human Services leadership on health care policy design and planning. In 2016, Jenney convened groups of Women's Health providers and policy experts to co-design the Blueprint's Women's Health Initiative, aimed at supporting women's physical and psycho-social wellbeing and decreasing unintended pregnancies. The initiative launched to most of Vermont's women's health clinics and many social service agencies and community service organizations within the year, and has since expanded to include primary care providers interested in enhancing their screenings and services for women.

Jenney was previously an Assistant Director, administering the Blueprint's statewide expansion, coaching and mentoring local teams, guiding the Blueprint Expansion and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP) of trained practice facilitators who support continuous quality improvement in over 100 Vermong primary care practices, and overseeing the Blueprint's community-based self-management programs.

For a decade prior to joining the Blueprint, Ms. Samuelson administered diverse community and statewide public health programs including a four-county health careers workforce development program, quality improvement with health systems to support tobacco cessation in primary care practices, and the State of Vermont’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Jenney resides in Shelburne, Vermont with her husband, two daughters, and a minor zoo. Together, they have just completed a hike of Vermont's Long Trail.

Nissa Walke, PhD | Assistant Director

Nissa L. (James) Walke, Ph.D., is an Assistant Director with the Vermont Blueprint for Health. Dr. Walke dedicated her undergraduate studies to behavioral neuroscience after discovering that mental and physical health are intricately intertwined. Her undergraduate studies in neuroscience ignited a spark within her for further understanding and the need for amassing additional knowledge led to the pursuit and attainment of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2006. Dr. Walke strived to understand the physiological processes that influence human behavior and published her work investigating the effects of nicotine exposure during crucial periods of development in animal models in peer-reviewed literature. After traveling all over Europe, Dr. Walke joined a clinical research organization to further her understanding of the considerations of human participant involvement in clinical research. During that time, she recognized the substantial impact of the social determinants of health on the participants in her studies and returned to her roots practicing a community-development approach to the prevention of chronic conditions. Dr. Walke joined the Blueprint for Health in 2017.

Mara Donohue, MPP | Assistant Director

Mara Krause Donohue joined the Blueprint team in 2017 as an Assistant Director. Before moving to Vermont, Mara worked in health policy and health systems design in the public and private sectors in Washington, DC. Most recently, Mara served as a parent advocate for children with special needs, as a member of the Advisory Council of the District of Columbia Health Care Ombudsman, Co-Chair of the Advisory Council’s Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Special Needs, and as a member of the District of Columbia State Innovation Model Advisory Committee.

Previously, Mara served as the Director of Chronic Disease Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), working closely with federal and state public health officials to improve chronic disease and prevention programs. She was a Director of Policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA), serving as the lead policy analyst working on the passage and implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D). While working on Capitol Hill, Mara was a legislative analyst for Senator George Voinovich, working on health and early childhood legislative issues, as well as a budget analyst for the Congressional Budget Office. Before that, Mara worked as a senior policy analyst for the National Governors Association, and as a research associate for 3M Health Information Systems. Mara lives with her husband and two children in Shelburne, Vermont.

Matt Snodgrass, PhD | Health Services Researcher

Matt is a Health Services Researcher with the Vermont Blueprint for Health. He received a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Matt’s work focuses on the development and deployment of analytic methods for quantitative policy evaluation. Matt has performed policy evaluation across a diverse array of academic journals including Criminology, and presented to a variety of academic audiences including the National Bureau of Economic Research. When not in the office, Matt can be found in the woods, enjoying Vermont’s culinary scene, or spending time with his wife and young son.

Timothy Tremblay, MS | Blueprint Data Analytics and Information Administrator

Tim is the Blueprint Data Analytics and Information Andministrator. He received an MS from Syracuse University and BA from Dartmouth College. Tim's graduate studies included psychoeducational measurement, research design, applied statistics, and meta-analytic methods. His 17 years of data analysis and program evaluation for the State of Vermont has focused on on services related to disabilities and healthcare. Tim is a co-author on multiple peer-reviewed publications of program evaluation. He developed and validated the Medicaid data feed in SQL for Vermont's All-Payer Claims Database (APCD; VHCURES), developed data systems for processing Health Information Technology (HIT) Meaningful Use attestations, provided additional support for development and utilization of the State's APCD, a provider registry, a clinical data registry, and systems for patient attribution and payment calculations.

Tim currently supports multiple data systems and projects related to the State's healthcare reform efforts. Through a mix of contract management and direct data work, he assists in planning, negotiating, developing, and validating data systems used for program implementation, payments, and outcomes evaluations.

Candace Elmquist, MPP | Data Analyst

Candace works for the Vermont Blueprint for Health as a Data Analyst. This work includes managing the payment process for all Blueprint payments, including Patient Centered Medical Home per-member per-month payments from all insurers, Community Health Team payments from all insurers, Hub & Spoke and Women's Health Initiative payments from Medicaid, and SASH payments from Medicare. She distributes all Blueprint Practice and Community Health Profiles, manages the Blueprint portal, and leads the patient experience survey.

Prior to working for the Blueprint, Candace completed a Master’s of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Outside the office, she is the president and one of the founding members of the University of Michigan Spirit Group of Vermont. She also enjoys reading science fiction novels and figure skating.

Maurine Gilbert | Community Facilitator

Maurine contracts with the Vermont Blueprint for Health to provide Community Facilitation. This work includes research and writing, and helping communities use data to guide quality improvement projects. She developed the Blueprint’s Network Analysis study of multi-sector collaboration for population health improvement.

Maurine previously worked as a brand strategist in advertising agencies in Burlington and New York, using creative research methodologies and human centered design to help businesses understand and respond to consumer needs. Before that, she studied Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Outside the office, Maurine is on the board of directors of Lund and mentors through King Street Center. She also grows and arranges flowers for weddings and parties, and chases her hound dog around the woods of Huntington, Vermont.

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