Teja Stokes is the Director of Contracts & Strategic Partnerships for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). In this role, she provides a broad range of technical assistance (TA) to states on issues related to Medicaid structure and quality, organizational success strategies, and effective service modalities. Before joining NASDDDS, Ms. Stokes served as a Director in the Government Health and Human Services division at IBM Watson Health. Ms. Stokes has more than 25 years of experience in home and community-based services (HCBS) program development, implementation, quality and policy. At IBM Watson Health, she was the Project Director for the Health and Welfare Special Reviews Team and the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) TA Center – both CMS-funded contracts to provide direct TA to states. Ms. Stokes was involved in numerous projects at IBM Watson Health focused on beneficiary engagement and quality of care. She has held various positions within Virginia state government, where she supported Medicaid policy development, community-based behavioral health services and provision of developmental disabilities services. She has more than 25 years of experience in change management, including quality improvement, process mapping, strategic planning, process improvement and group facilitation. Ms. Stokes holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership/Quality Management from Upper Iowa University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College.