Bea Grause began her tenure as President of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) on July 1, 2016 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems for 14 years. In that position, she successfully led Vermont hospitals through a variety of reform initiatives, including the state’s single-payer debate, continuously and intentionally building the hospitals’ brand as trusted, competent leaders.
Bea recently completed a three-year term (2012 to 2015) as an at-large member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, including a 2015 term on the AHA Executive and AHA CEO Search Committees. As part of her AHA Board responsibilities, she also served as chairperson of the AHA Allied Advisory Committee on Medicaid.
Before moving to Vermont, Bea worked for ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of positions. She began her D.C. tenure as a Legislative Assistant; first in the Office of U.S. Representative Norman Y. Mineta and then for U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II. After she left Capitol Hill, Bea simultaneously held senior governmental affairs positions with the Tennessee Hospital Association and Massachusetts Hospital Association. She spent the last three years working as counsel with the law firm of Foley Hoag. In this role, she developed tailored legislative and regulatory strategies for many healthcare clients.
Before coming to Washington D.C., Bea spent ten years in California. She worked as a registered nurse, primarily in the emergency room and intensive care areas at Santa Clara Valley of California. During this time, she earned her Juris Doctorate in 1991 from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Bea earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College in 1979 and is currently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a 2003 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.
Chief Operating & Innovation Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Courtney Burke oversees all of HANYS’ operations and ensures optimal alignment of the Association’s various functions—from healthcare policy and advocacy to quality improvement and data analysis.
Ms. Burke comes to HANYS with an extensive background in healthcare operations and policy, with a career that has included executive positions in government and the healthcare provider sector.
Most recently, Ms. Burke served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Albany Medical Center. Before that, she served as New York State’s Deputy Secretary for Health. In that role, Ms. Burke provided oversight for the state’s health and mental hygiene agencies, including the Department of Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Office for the Aging, Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and the Justice Center.
Ms. Burke previously served as Commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, an agency of nearly 20,000 employees. Before that, she served as Director of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government’s New York State Health Policy Research Center, and as the senior research scientist in the Rockefeller Institute’s Health and Medicaid studies program. Before joining the Institute, Ms. Burke worked at the New York State Department of Health and as the Senior Policy Analyst at the New York State Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabilities.
She has a Master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the School of Public Health, University at Albany, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Connecticut.
Senior Vice President, State Policy
Jim Clancy joined HANYS in September 2016 after 20-plus years in state government, where he gained experience in local and state government relations, state budget negotiations, stakeholder engagement, policy implementation, and messaging. Mr. Clancy spent seven years in the New York State Department of Health as Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Governmental and External Affairs and Director of the Center for Healthcare Facility Planning, Licensure, and Finance. He built a solid reputation through his relationships with healthcare providers and decision makers. Before joining DOH, he served as Director of Legislative Affairs for Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, and served on the staffs of New York State Senator Neil Breslin and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as stints in the New York State Assembly and Senate. His transition out of state government began when he joined the law and lobby firm of Brown & Weinraub as a senior healthcare consultant. Mr. Clancy is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Darren has a long and varied career in communications. He started as a reporter with the Gannett newspapers and later became a correspondent for the Associated Press. He then joined the administration of Governor Mario Cuomo and served in several communications and government affairs roles. After that, he served as Communications Director for the Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly. He was Communications Director and Senior Advisor to the Attorney General of New York for eight years. He concluded his public sector career as the Communications Director for Governor Eliot Spitzer. Before joining HANYS, Darren was a communications consultant working on public policy campaigns ranging from same sex marriage to medical marijuana. He has also represented major health institutions, public sector unions, and patient advocacy groups. He is a graduate of Binghamton University with a B.A in Economics, and the American University with an M.A. in Public Affairs.
Senior Vice President and Special Counsel, Insurance and Managed Care
Jeff Gold works with the payer community, state and federal regulators, and New York State government to address provider issues related to managed care. Mr. Gold has drafted, negotiated, and helped secure major packages of managed care reform legislation that impact external appeals, administrative denials, claims processing, and payer practices. He designed HANYS’ highly regarded Managed Care SWAT Training program and coaches hospitals on claims denial management and contract negotiation. Before joining HANYS in 2000, Mr. Gold was Special Counsel for Health Care to the New York State Attorney General. Mr. Gold served four Attorneys General in New York and was the founding Chief of New York’s Health Care Bureau. Previously, he worked at two private law firms in New York City, with a focus on civil litigation. Mr. Gold has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Sandi Toll is responsible for overseeing all of HANYS’ legal, compliance, and contractual matters, including those of HANYS’ affiliated organizations and for-profit subsidiaries. She joined HANYS as General Counsel in February 2018 after serving as First Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, a position she attained in July 2015, after serving nearly two years as Assistant Counsel to the Governor, where she advised the Governor and policy staff on legal matters related to a variety of health issues.
Before that, she was a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block LLP. As a member of the firm’s healthcare litigation and complex commercial litigation practices, she represented clients on healthcare fraud and abuse matters, supervised and conducted internal investigations, and maintained an extensive pro bono practice. While at Jenner & Block, she was named an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in healthcare.
Ms. Toll began her career as an elementary school teacher (second grade) in Compton, California, from 1997 to 1999 as part of Teach for America.
Ms. Toll has a J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction from Cornell University.
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Western New York Healthcare Association
Kenneth Schoetz began his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Western New York Healthcare Association in July 2017.
For more than three decades he has pursued an extensive and wide-ranging career in law, government, and public policy.He served as Erie County Attorney, Director of the Buffalo Office of the New York State Attorney General, Chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority, Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Village of Hamburg, and held executive positions under three New York State Governors with Empire State Development.His early experience included work on Capitol Hill with Congressmen Jack Kemp and Richard Gephardt.
During the six years before being chosen to lead WNYHA, he served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Development for Innovative Health Services of America (IHSA).In that capacity, he advised physician staffing companies, urgent care centers, and non-emergency transportation companies.At IHSA he worked extensively with Western New York hospitals to implement collaborative relationships focused on patient care and streamlining costs.
A native of Western New York, he attended Canisius High School and Williams College.He is a graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Law Review.