Capt. Krista Pedley, Director, Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA)
CAPT Krista M. Pedley is the Director of the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Her office administers the 340B Drug Pricing Program, through which hospitals and certain Federal grantees are eligible to purchase covered outpatient drugs at discounted prices.
CAPT Pedley began her career as a pharmacist with the United States Public Health Service in 2000. She was assigned to the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Generic Drugs, as a Project Manager for Bioequivalence and then as Medical Affairs Coordinator reviewing topical drug protocol design. After five years, CAPT Pedley transferred to the HRSA and then the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, where she served as Senior Public Health Analyst for the National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP). In 2007, CAPT Pedley began working with OPA, where she led a national collaborative that focused on integrating clinical pharmacy services into primary care in order to improve the health of patients with multiple chronic conditions. She then became the Director of OPA in July of 2010.
CAPT Pedley received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and her Master of Science degree in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, with a Concentration in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management, from George Washington University in 2008.
Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent, NPR
Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC -- focusing on the White House and Congress -- and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.
Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster.
Prior to joining NPR, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter and print journalist. in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of California Edition, a California Public Radio nightly news program. She is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor's degree in American History.
Len Nichols, Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE)
Len M. Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since 2010. He has been intimately involved in health reform debates, policy development, and communication with the media and policy makers for 20+ years, after he was Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration. Since that time he has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, published widely and spoken to a very large number of hospital associations, physician groups, and health policy forums around the country. Len is often asked to provide technical expertise to members of Congress, governors, state legislators, and other policy officials around the country. He has consistently sought to add moral arguments to the technical health policy debate.