Meet the Board

The HPC's main responsibilities are led by staff and overseen by an 11-member Board of Commissioners. HPC staff and commissioners work collaboratively to monitor and improve the performance of the health care system.

Deborah Devaux, Chair

Headshot of Deborah Deveaux against a tan-colored background

Statutory Requirement: One member, designated as chairperson, with demonstrated expertise in health care delivery, health care management at a senior level or health care finance and administration, including payment methodologies. (Appointed by the Governor)

Deborah Devaux was appointed to Chair the HPC’s Board of Commissioners in July 2022, following 40 years of health care management experience with health insurers and providers in Massachusetts. Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer at Beth Israel Lahey Health where she was responsible for payor relationships and the system’s unified performance network of physicians and hospitals to advance new models of care. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, the largest insurer in the state and one of the largest non-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the county. In this role, she was responsible for divisions such as Performance and Improvement Management, IT, and Member Services. In addition to holding various leadership roles during her 18-year tenure, she served on many committees including the Mass Collaborative steering committee and the Commonwealth’s Special Commission on Provider Price and Variation in 2017.

She has taught at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health as an Adjunct Faculty Member in health payment systems and strategy and as a guest lecturer at Suffolk University, Boston University Graduate School of Management, and Harvard Business School. She earned an MHA from the University of Michigan and her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University.

Martin Cohen, Vice Chair

Statutory Requirement: One member with expertise in behavioral health, substance use disorder, and mental health services. (Appointed by the Attorney General)

Martin D. Cohen is the president/CEO of the MetroWest Health Foundation, a community health philanthropy serving the MetroWest area of Massachusetts. Mr. Cohen has more than 30 years of experience working with federal and state policymakers to plan and implement comprehensive strategies for improving public mental health services. Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Cohen served as the executive director of the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc., a national health and human services consulting firm. He previously served as a deputy program director and senior program consultant for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and was a deputy assistant secretary in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services. He serves on the board of advisors of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. Cohen holds both a BA and MSW from Boston University.

Dr. Donald Berwick

Statutory Requirement: One member with expertise in health care consumer advocacy. (Appointed by the Attorney General)

Donald M. Berwick was President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for nearly 20 years. In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a position he held until December 2011. ​He was formerly Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Berwick has served as vice chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM's governing Council and was a member of the IOM's Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. He is a recipient of several awards and author of numerous articles and books, including Curing Health Care and Escape Fire.

Barbara Blakeney, Committee Chair, Care Delivery Transformation

Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise in the development and utilization of innovative medical technologies and treatments for patient care. (Appointed by the State Auditor)

Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN, FNAP, is the past President of the American Nurses' Association, and has maintained a passion for providing access to high quality, affordable health care throughout her career. As a clinician, she focused her practice in poor communities, both urban and rural, and from that learned the power of resilience and the oppression of poverty. Barbara is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Pearl McIvor Public Health Nursing Award from the American Nurses’ Association, the Chief Nurse Award of the US Public Health Service,and is a Distinguished Alumni at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Barbara has served on the National Advisory Board for the Joint Commission and as a member of the advisory group for the first nursing sensitive quality indicators for the National Quality Forum. Barbara is a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. Barbara has served on many boards of directors including as a founding member and current Vice-Chair of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Health Care Without Harm, Practice Green Health, and the Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS). Barbara served as an Innovation Advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center. In that capacity, she led highly successful projects to improve care, decrease delays in care, and improve efficiency at the clinical Microsystems level. She is a co-author of a first of its kind study of equine assisted learning and Nurse Presence. (10.1177/0898010112474721

Dr. David Cutler, Committee Chair, Market Oversight and Transparency

Statutory Requirement: One member who is a health economist. (Appointed by the Attorney General)

David Cutler, P.h.D., is the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and holds secondary appointments at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health.  David served as Assistant Professor of Economics from 1991 to 1995, was named John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in 1995, and received tenure in 1997. Professor Cutler was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences from 2003-2008.

Honored for his scholarly work and singled out for outstanding mentorship of graduate students, Professor Cutler's work in health economics and public economics has earned him significant academic and public acclaim. Professor Cutler served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and has advised the Presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley, John Kerry, and Barack Obama as well as being Senior Health Care Advisor for the Obama Presidential Campaign and a Senior Fellow for the Center for American Progress.

Professor Cutler is author of two books, several chapters in edited books, and many of published papers on the topic s of health care and other public policy topics.   Author of Your Money Or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System, published by Oxford University Press, this book, and Professor Cutler's ideas, were the subject of a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, The Quality Cure, by Roger Lowenstein. Cutler was recently named one of the 30 people who could have a powerful impact on healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the 50 most influential men aged 45 and younger by Details magazine.

Professor Cutler earned an A.B. from Harvard University and his P.h.D. in Economics from MIT (1991).

Timothy Foley

Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise in representing the health care workforce as a leader in a labor organization. (Appointed by the State Auditor)

Timothy Foley is a Vice President for 1199SEIU, the state’s largest union of health care workers. He has worked for SEIU for 11 years, starting out as a political director, then being elected to a Vice President position. Mr. Foley has worked for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delaware and a masters’ degree in public affairs from the University of Massachusetts- Boston.

Secretary Michael J. Heffernan, Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Statutory Requirement: Secretary of Administration and Finance (Appointed by the Governor, Ex-Officio)

Michael J. Heffernan joined Governor Charlie Baker's cabinet as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance in August 2017. In his role, Secretary Heffernan is in charge of formulating the governor’s budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, and implementing the state government’s $40 billion operating and $2 billion capital budgets. Secretary Heffernan also manages numerous state administrative agencies including the Department of Revenue (tax administration and economic forecasting), the Human Resources Division (talent recruitment and management), the Group Insurance Commission (employee and retiree health insurance), the Operational Services Division (procurement), and the Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (state facilities).

Mike previously served as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he was responsible for administrating tax, revenue collection, child support, and municipal finance laws.

Following his campaign for Massachusetts state treasurer in 2014, Mike served on Governor Charlie Baker’s transition team and was appointed to the boards of Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM) and the MBTA Retirement Fund in early 2015.

In the private sector, Mike spent nearly two decades in increasingly senior roles at Citigroup and its predecessor firm, Salomon Brothers, as a managing director in its markets and banking division. He previously served as a Vice President in capital markets at NatWest Markets and EF Hutton & Co. Most recently, he co-founded the Massachusetts tech startup Mobiquity in 2011.

Mike has been involved with a number of non-profits focused primarily on education and healthcare. He holds an MBA in finance from New York University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University where he sits on the Georgetown College Board of Advisors and chairs the Georgetown Library Board.

Patricia Houpt

Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise as a purchaser of health insurance representing business management or health benefits administration. (Appointed by the State Auditor)

For over 40 years, Patricia Houpt has advised employers, from large corporations to small business owners, on how best to structure their employee benefits offerings to achieve their financial and retention goals. She recently retired after serving as executive director at the New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC) for eight years.  NEEBC is the region's leading source of unbiased employee benefits and total rewards education and information.  Before joining NEEBC, she was the founder and president of PMH Insurance Associates, a firm dedicated to providing integrated employee benefits consulting and brokerage services to a varied client base. In addition, she founded the Sudbury Military Support Network and has served on the board of directors for the New England Society of Association Executives. She is a graduate of Denison University. 

Dr. John Christian Kryder

Statutory Requirement: One member who is a primary care physician. (Appointed by the Governor)

Dr. John Christian Kryder is currently an Executive Partner at Flare Capital, a Boston-based healthcare technology investment group. In addition to chairing the Board of Directors at a telemedicine services organization, InfiniteMD, Dr. Kryder has also recently been an Advisor at GE Ventures, a venture capital subsidiary of General Electric that enables entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry. He spent twenty-five years as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine in the Medical Engineering and Medical Physics Program at Harvard Medical School, HST Division. Dr. Kryder currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Tufts Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Kryder spent over ten years at several Waltham-based healthcare organizations—as Chief Executive Officer at Verisk Health, Co-Founder of Generation Health and Chief Executive Officer and Founder of D2Hawkeye. Dr. Kryder received a Doctorate of Medicine from Georgetown University and completed his internal medicine residency training in the Harvard Primary Care Program at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. He also received a Master’s in Business Administration from the Sloan School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Buffalo.

Ronald Mastrogiovanni

Statutory Requirement: One member with demonstrated expertise in health plan administration and finance. (Appointed by the Governor)

Renato "Ron" Mastrogiovanni, President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthView Services, has more than 25 years of experience in management consulting, financial services and health care software design.  He is responsible for developing the HealthView platform, a solution-based planning system that integrates health care cost projections, Medicare means testing, long-term care expenses and Social Security optimization into the retirement planning process.  Mr. Mastrogiovanni has emerged as a widely respected thought leader in the area of health care costs projections, and has co-authored several white papers on such topics as the Annual Health Care Cost Data Report and the Impact of Medicare Means Testing on Future Retirees.

Prior to HealthView, Mr. Mastrogiovanni was the co-founder of FundQuest, one of the first fee-based asset management companies that provided financial institutions - including banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms – with wealth management solutions.  Mr. Mastrogiovanni, who designed the firm’s asset allocation and money management process, was responsible for overseeing the management over $12 billion in client assets.  The company was acquired by BNP Paribas, a global leader in banking and financial services.

HealthView Services and Mr. Mastrogiovanni have been featured in several national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and MarketWatch. Mr. Mastrogiovanni received a B.S. degree from Boston State College and an M.B.A. from Babson College.

Secretary Marylou Sudders, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Statutory Requirement: Secretary of Health and Human Services (Appointed by the Governor, Ex-Officio)

Appointed as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015, Marylou Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $19.4 billion state budget with 22,000 dedicated public servants, and oversees critical services that touch one in four residents of the Commonwealth. Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has dedicated her life to public service and to some of our most vulnerable citizens. She has been a public official, provider executive, advocate and college professor.

She was the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003, championing significant legislative reforms including insurance parity, fundamental patient rights and the first children’s mental health commission. In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) for her behavioral health expertise; she remains on this important Commission in her capacity as Secretary.

For almost ten years, she headed the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, promoting the rights and well-being of some 24,000 children and families. Just prior to her appointment as Secretary, Sudders was an associate professor and Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Sudders has served on many charitable boards throughout her career, including the Pine Street Inn, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Secretary Sudders’ talent and dedication has been recognized multiple times. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and was named Social Worker of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was also nationally recognized with the Knee-Whitman Outstanding Achievement for Health & Mental Health Policy from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.