Meet Your TA Consultants

John Agosta

John Agosta serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has worked under contract for state and federal agencies on a variety of projects focusing on community integration for people with developmental disabilities. Dr. Agosta has conducted analyses of state…

D. Pearl Barnett, MPA

D. Pearl Barnett, MPA, serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She oversaw many functions including waiver writing, contracts, training, person-centered service authorization, self-directed service option and fiscal management services oversight, electronic visit…

Alexandra Bonardi

Alexandra Bonardi, MS(OT), MHA, serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She brings over 25 years of experience with HCBS for people with disabilities. Ms. Bonardi has managed disability and health research projects including community-based participatory research to…

Amy Coey

Amy Coey joined New Editions Consulting, Inc., in June 2019 and provides technical assistance to states expanding their HCBS services and to ensure compliance with the Settings rule. Previously, she was the Senior Waiver Policy Administrator for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in the Division of Medicaid Development and Administration where she provided…

Camille Dobson, MPA

Camille Dobson serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has experience in both the public and private sectors focused on Medicaid policy and compliance. Ms. Dobson’s key areas of expertise include Medicaid managed care, with particular focus on managed LTSS (MLTSS)…

Merle Edwards-Orr, PhD

Merle Edwards-Orr, PhD, serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. After a career in higher education and health care, Dr. Edwards-Orr, oversaw self-direction programs. He also worked on developing a self-directed option for all veterans needing LTC.

Jill Ferrington

Karen "Jill" Ferrington serves as an HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Jill has 27 years of experience working in publicly-funded systems including brain injury services and support and vocational rehabilitation. She was part of a core team that worked to develop and initiate the Health…

Rie Kennedy-Lizotte

Rie Kennedy-Lizotte serves as a HCBS TA Senior Analyst on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She has over 40 years of experience dedicated to advocacy and influencing public policy in support of the civil rights of people with disabilities. Ms. Kennedy-Lizotte is actively involved in a number of local,…

Colleen Kidney, PhD

Colleen Kidney, PhD is a Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has almost 15 years of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative methods with diverse populations. Her work often involves presenting data analysis findings in ways to promote data-driven policy making,…

Erica Lindquist

Erica Lindquist serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. With more than 20 years of experience working in the field of aging and disabilities at the local, regional and national level, she has most recently been helping to build the capacity of community-based…

Devon Mayer

Ms. Mayer joined New Editions Consulting, Inc. in May 2016 and provides technical assistance to states expanding their HCBS services and to ensure compliance with the Settings rule. Previously, she worked for the state of Maryland where she implemented systems changes through 1915(c) waiver and 1915(k) State Plan redesign, Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) expansion…

Molly Morris

Molly Morris serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She oversaw the development of numerous issue briefs, webinars, and publications on self-direction. Molly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and a Master…

Katherine Murray

Katherine Murray serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has deep expertise relating to regulatory compliance in Medicaid-funded self-direction programs. Ms. Murray is also a regular speaker at conferences around the country on the Home Care Final Rule and other…

Laura L. Nuss

Laura Nuss is a Project Manager/Senior Analyst for New Editions Consulting, Inc. Ms. Nuss has over 35 years of experience in home and community-based services (HCBS) including direct service delivery, HCBS waiver program and policy development and implementation, quality systems design and implementation, performance management, and stakeholder engagement.

Jami Petner-Arrey, PhD

Jami Petner-Arrey, PhD, serves as a HCBS TA Senior Analyst on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Her work includes developing evidence-based supports budgets, aiding in successful implementation, and working with various stakeholders including government officials, managed care organizations, provider…

Highsmith Rich

Highsmith Rich serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is involved in advancing the understanding of the self-directed service delivery model by developing content for state programs and stakeholders related to person-centered planning, service delivery, and other…

Mary Sowers

Mary Sowers serves as a HCBS TA Senior Analyst on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She specialized in Medicaid home and community-based services, managed long term services and supports (including strategies for reducing institutional reliance), self-direction, and strategies to design person-…

Teja Stokes

Teja Stokes serves as a HCBS TA Senior Analyst on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She provides a broad range of TA to states on issues related to Medicaid structure and quality, organizational success strategies, and effective service modalities. Ms.

Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor is a policy analyst with over five years of experience providing project management, data collection and analysis, and evaluation and strategic planning in service systems for individuals with disabilities. Brittany is highly skilled in longitudinal research, in systems planning and transformation, and in real-world problem-solving. She oversees project…

Damon Terzaghi

Damon Terzaghi serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has more than 15 years of experience working in Medicaid, long-term services and supports (LTSS), and aging and disability programs and policy at both the state and national level. Damon has focused his career…

James Toews

James Toews serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He started his career in direct services to people with disabilities in community settings. James worked concurrently on implementation of the HCBS settings regulation; on the implementation of new FLSA regulations…

Alena Vazquez, JD/MSW

Alena Vazquez, JD/MSW, serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She works on projects that focus on strategic planning, home and community-based services, and systems redesign centered on establishing individualized supports budgets for service recipients. Ms. Vazquez…

Laura Vegas, MPS

Laura Vegas, MPS, serves as a HCBS TA Senior Analyst on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has more than 24 years of experience working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Laura was part of a team that led the effort to close a sheltered workshop and connect…

Rebeccah Wolfkiel

Rebeccah Wolfkiel serves as an HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Rebeccah has 17 years of experience supporting state brain injury programs through advocacy and cultivation of government partnerships. She supports states with TBI Medicaid Waiver programs as well as those who are looking…

Rebecca Wright, MSW, LCSW

Rebecca Wright, MSW, LCSW, serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Her career spans more than 40 years in the field of developmental disabilities, aging and long-term care services, and has included policy development and implementation, management of large and complex…

Jeanine Zlockie

Jeanine Zlockie serves as a HCBS TA Senior Analyst on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has been working in the field of developmental disabilities (DD) for over twenty years, which provides her with a strong foundation and understanding of Medicaid Policy and DD systems.