December 20, 2017 | Press Release



Hamilton, NJ, December 20, 2017 – The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) announces the appointment of Estelle Richman as Chairman of its Board of Trustees, effective immediately. Ms. Richman, who joined CHCS’ Board in 2013 and has served as its Secretary since June 2016, is the former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Ms. Richman succeeds Jesús M. Amadeo, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at MDRC, who joined CHCS’ board in 2002 and served as Chair for 10 years.

In addition, CHCS announces the appointment of Trustee Dennis Morrone to serve as Board Secretary and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is Partner-in-Charge of the National Not-for-Profit and Higher Education Audit Practice at Grant Thornton.

“Over several decades of committed public service, Estelle Richman has amassed extensive real-world experience with complex health and social policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels,” said Stephen A. Somers, PhD, CHCS President. “We are delighted to have her guidance as CHCS responds to the nation’s ever-evolving challenges in improving community health and health care services. During this transition, we also express our utmost gratitude to the steady hand and wise counsel of Jesús Amadeo, who made vital and lasting contributions to CHCS during his 15-year Board tenure.”

At the federal level, Ms. Richman was formerly senior advisor to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for health and human services issues. While at HUD from 2010-2016, she also held the positions of chief operating officer and acting deputy secretary, overseeing goal setting and outcomes measurement for all major departments as well as authority over regional offices. Prior to HUD, Ms. Richman dedicated more than 30 years to public service at the state and local levels. She was appointed secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in 2003, a position she held for seven years. She also served as the managing director for the City of Philadelphia and director of social services as well as Philadelphia’s commissioner of public health and deputy commissioner for mental health, mental retardation and substance use services. She earned her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1965 and her master’s degree from Cleveland State University in 1978.

Mr. Morrone has broad experience in non-profit accounting practices. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in May 2002, he was part of Arthur Andersen’s Metro New York Not-For-Profit Practice. He is a member of Grant Thornton’s National Not-for-Profit Leadership Team and part of Grant Thornton’s Professional Excellence and Technical Committees. Mr. Morrone received his bachelor of science, cum laude, in accounting from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey, New York, and Washington D.C. and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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About the Center for Health Care Strategies
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans. It works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations to develop innovative programs that better serve people with complex and high-cost health care needs. For more information, visit www.chcs.org.