CPR Staff

Our team is small, but mighty

Together, we bring 100+ combined years of experience working in health care. Our team includes big picture thinkers, researchers, benefit consultants, academics, writers, and health care industry experts. To contact any staff, please visit our Contact Us page.

Andréa E. Caballero, MPA


Andréa E. Caballero is the program director and interim co-executive director for Catalyst for Payment Reform and has 20+ years of experience in the health care industry.  Andréa has a broad portfolio and specializes in measuring payment reform at the state and national level, identifying appropriate payment reforms based on assessments of local markets, and developing request for information (RFI) and model contract language for purchasers as they procure health care services. Additional skills include evaluating and reporting on price transparency resources for consumers and policymakers, assisting purchasers in direct contracting and pharmacy-related issues, and deep knowledge on a wide range of public policy issues.

Prior to joining CPR, worked in government affairs including as Vice-President, Enterprise and Health Services Policy for UnitedHealth Group, Director of State Government Relations for the Western Region for PacifiCare’s Public Affairs team, and as Regional Legislative Manager for Humana.  Andréa received her MPA from Brandman University and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Ripon College. Andréa is certified in professional mediation through The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the ILR School at Cornell University. In addition to her duties at CPR, Andréa currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Community Hospital of Long Beach Foundation.

Ryan Olmstead, MPH


Ryan Olmstead is CPR’s director of member services and interim co-executive director. In this role, Ryan’s primary responsibility is strategy and planning for the events CPR offers to its 30+ member organizations, including member strategy meetings and supplier user groups.  Ryan leads the annual effort to update CPR’s Aligned Sourcing & Contracting toolkit and believes that purchasers who align their demands send a louder signal to the marketplace about purchaser expectations.  Additionally, Ryan has lead multiple product evaluations as an output of CPR employer-purchaser collaboratives, recently including an evaluation of bundled payment administrators. Prior to joining CPR, Ryan was an assistant vice-president for health and benefits at Aon Hewitt and a senior associate in health and benefits at Mercer. He draws on his 12 years of experience in consulting to better understand and predict employer-purchasers needs.  Ryan received his MPH from UCLA’s School of Public Health.

Suzanne F. Delbanco, PhD


Suzanne F. Delbanco is a senior advisor for Catalyst for Payment Reform, an independent, non-profit corporation working to catalyze employers, public purchasers and others to implement strategies that produce higher-value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace. Suzanne helps CPR members and employers collectively push for improvements in the quality, affordability, and transparency of health care. In addition to her duties at CPR, Suzanne serves on the advisory board of the Source on Healthcare Price and Competition at UC School of Law SF. Previously, Suzanne was the founding CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Suzanne holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy and a M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Julianne McGarry, MPP


Julianne McGarry is CPR’s project and research director. In this role, she leads CPR research initiatives that help purchasers leverage data and insights to design and optimize their benefits procurement strategies.  Examples from her portfolio include a compendium analysis of payment reform programs within Medicaid MCO contracts, data-driven tools to evaluate alternative payment models and benefit design programs, and a roadmap for purchasers to maximize the value of hospital price transparency data.  You can find her insights on the promise and perils of narrow network strategies, predictions on the post-pandemic future of payment reform, and the rationale for standardized program evaluation in CPR’s blog.

Prior to joining CPR, Julianne was Chief of Staff for the department of Payment Innovation, then the Program Director for National Network Optimization at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. In these roles, she wore many hats including communications director, lead sales engineer, and strategy and operations consultant. From 2008-2013, Julianne worked for Kaiser Permanente – first in Quality and Operations consulting for The Permanente Medical Group, then as Chief of Staff for the department of Delivery System Strategy. Julianne holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kathy Flock


Kathy Flock manages operations and accounting for Catalyst for Payment Reform on a part-time basis.  Over the last 20 years she has been a small businesses consultant supporting operations, finance, contracts administration, human resources, and insurance and investor relations. For seven years she was director of operations for a boutique commercial real estate firm in San Francisco.  Kathy is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in business economics.

Lea Tessitore, MSB, MBA


Lea Tessitore is the Assistant Director of Projects and Research at Catalyst for Payment Reform. As a bioethicist, she uses formal principles of health care ethics, health equity, and health justice to inform CPR’s work. Lea led work to educate employers on the scope and value of palliative care and produce the Purchaser Toolkit for Serious Illness Care, which provides practical tools for developing palliative care strategies. Lea worked to develop a first-of-its-kind Consumer Empowerment Scorecard using quantitative metrics to measure progress on the status of consumer-focused policies statewide. She led a purchaser strategic collaborative on the challenges, opportunities, and solutions available in the mental health space. She also assessed and made recommendations for payment reform in the Tampa Bay and Orlando markets in her market assessment work. Additional projects include the 2020 Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws, and 2018 and 2019 New York payment reform scorecards and complementary leader perspectives report.

Lea received her Master of Science in Bioethics from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Clarkson University, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College, and Bachelor of Arts from Union College. Lea is certified in professional mediation through The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the ILR School at Cornell University.

Dayne Slay


Dayne Slay is a project and research associate with Catalyst for Payment Reform, where she provides project support and conducts research on health care policy, payment reform, and purchasing strategies. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at Avalere Health, where she provided evidence-based research and analysis and project management assistance to fortune 500 life sciences companies and health plans to support their strategic business initiatives. Dayne received her BS in Healthcare Policy and Management from Indiana University.

Torie Nugent-Peterson


Torie Nugent-Peterson is the marketing and operations manager with Catalyst for Payment Reform where she creates strategic marketing plans to promote CPR’s mission and work and provides operational support to the CPR team. Prior to joining CPR she was in the political organizing space, managing the media and messaging for several environmental justice organizations in the Greater New Orleans area. Before that she was an actor and artist in Chicago, Il. Torie is a graduate of the Florida State University with her BFA in Acting.

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