Christine focuses on generating funding from the government for her clients. She continues to lead the government relations and communications efforts for hospitals, universities and startups with a specific focus on identifying state and federal funding opportunities.
Christine works out of both the Cleveland and Washington, D.C. offices. The offices are located at: 600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 1701, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 and 20 F Street, N.W., Suite 850, Washington, D.C. 20001. She can be reached via mobile at (202) 281-0912.
Christine is a veteran grant writer and leading health policy authority who continues to focus on drafting grants and overseeing the grant process. Most recently, as the Chief Executive Officer of gHealth Solutions, Christine, along with Dr. Andrew Hertz, drafted the grant that won the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) HealthCare Innovation Challenge ($12.7 million) for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children of Cleveland. She also led the team winning the prestigious Department of Commerce “i6” competition ($1.5 million) for the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and the University of Akron Research Foundation.
She also has significant experience leading state and federal government relations efforts on health information technology issues related to telemedicine. She drafted a health IT grant for the University of Akron and has worked extensively on securing federal and state reimbursement for telemedicine.
Prior to Christine’s position at gHealth Solutions, she served as the Director of Government Relations and Development for the Austen BioInnovation Institute. She was responsible for all nonprofit fundraising, federal, state and local government relations, and grant prospecting writing, development and submission.
Christine spent a large part of her career on Capitol Hill, where she served as a Government Relations Executive for IBM, and as Legislative Director for one Member of Congress and two senators including Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator John McCain and Congressman Tom Sawyer. As Legislative Director for Senator Alexander, Christine was the Chief Policy Advisor responsible for legislative priorities including climate change, telecommunications, health care, innovation, technology and education. She created the legislative strategy, built bipartisan coalitions and messaging for the Internet tax debate and was the floor manager of Internet Tax for both Republican and Democratic senators. She then served on the Senate Health Labor Education & Pensions Committee as the Subcommittee on Education Staff Director where she drafted legislation to secure federal funding for schools hit by Hurricane Katrina as well as key provisions in the Higher Education Reauthorization Act.
After leaving Capitol Hill, Christine went on to serve as a Government Relations Executive for IBM. While with IBM, Christine was the lead lobbyist on the Affordable Care Act, drafting and advancing legislation including provisions on the medical home and health IT. She also advanced IBM’s key legislative priorities, drafted Congressional testimony, as well as talking points for the White House and the Senate. She also advanced and explained key health IT provisions in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
Christine graduated cum laude
from Ohio University in 1991, and magna cum laude
from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law in 1996 where she served as an editor of the law review.
Wrote and was awarded a grant for HopeWest Hospice, known as Medicare Care Choices Hospice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
. The grant will provide a new option for Medicare beneficiaries to receive palliative care services from certain hospice providers while concurrently receiving services provided by their curative care providers. (May 2015) http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Medicare-Care-Choices/