Beth Tanzman, MSW | Executive Director
Beth Tanzman is the Executive Director of the Vermont Blueprint for Health. In addition to supporting the statewide expansion of the Blueprint, Ms. Tanzman leads the Hub & Spoke program for opioid addiction for the Department of Vermont Health Access. Beth 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 state Department of Mental Health for over a decade.
Beth has an MSW from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany.
Nissa Walke, Ph.D. | 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 the 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.
Erin Just, MA, BScOT | Project Administrator
Erin Just is a Project Administrator for the Vermont Blueprint for Health. She has a Masters in Healthcare Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. She has diverse experience working in health promotion, acute care, rehabilitation, and community care with a focus on quality improvement and health care reform. Prior to joining the Blueprint Team, she managed large interdisciplinary clinical teams and evaluation and quality improvement professionals at Fraser Health Authority. She has also served as a project coordinator with Alberta Health Services, working to improve the quality of care through implementation of clinical and service standards with community partners.
Outside the office, Erin is an active community volunteer and loves enjoying all of Vermont’s natural beauty.
Timothy Tremblay, MS | Blueprint Data Analytics, and Information Administrator
Tim is the Blueprint Data Analytics and Information Administrator. 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 services related to disabilities and healthcare. Tim is a co-author on multiple peer-reviewed publications on 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
Mary Kate M. Mohlman, Ph.D. | Health Service Researcher
Mary Kate Mohlman currently is a Health Services Researcher in the Blueprint for Health program. Her primary role is aligning research priorities with health care reform policies and assessing their impact. She returned to this role after serving as the state’s Director of Health Care Reform in the Agency of Human Services where she was responsible for coordinating health care reform efforts across state entities and ensuring alignment with the governor’s priorities. Before joining the Blueprint, Mary Kate worked at the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on modeling the effects of tobacco control policies on smoking-related morbidity and mortality rates. She holds a Ph.D. in Global Infectious Disease and a Masters in Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston College. Mary Kate has published papers in Maternal and Child Health, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Population Health Management, BMC Public Health, and Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Prior to her career in the health sciences, Mary Kate worked for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy as a member of his Judiciary Committee Staff. She currently resides with her husband and two children in Montpelier, Vermont.
Alexandra Frey | Project Administrator
She is a Master of Public Health candidate, class of 2019, at The Dartmouth Institute. Her MPH research focuses on the role practice facilitation plays in the scale and spread of team-based care in Ontario. Her undergraduate degree is in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Vermont, which is where she realized there is a need in the health care system to address the interplay of chronic disease and mental, social and environmental health. She has professional experience in health education, health promotion, practice transformation, quality improvement, and community and practice facilitation. She previously worked as a Quality Improvement Facilitator for the Middlebury Health Service Area, where she used quality improvement methodology to implement Vermont health care reform programs including; Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation, Integrated Care Management, and the Women’s Health Initiative. Through her work in Middlebury, she realized the power communities had on transforming how people experience the health and human service system.
Outside of the office and classroom, Alexandra spends her time with husband and lab-mix enjoying Vermont outdoors.
Maurine Gilbert | Community Quality Improvement Facilitator
Maurine contracts with the Vermont Blueprint for Health to provide quality improvement facilitation for communities. This work includes helping communities understand and use data from many sources for quality improvement. It also includes includes qualitative research to understand user experience. 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 of 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.