AAHHSA Leadership

Executive Advisory Council

The Executive Advisory Council is the volunteer leadership body of the AAHHSA. It consists of four officers, six regional chairs, two representatives from each of the six regions, four at-large members and the past presidents of the AAHHSA.

Any member of the bar association of any district, state, territory, political subdivision or tribal entity who is actively engaged as an employee of a public welfare agency or an employee of an attorney general, or equivalent officer, is entitled to full membership. Any member who leaves public employment and any member of the Bar who is an employee of the federal government or an employee of a grantee of the Legal Services Corporation, or similar organizations, is entitled to membership, but may not vote nor hold office. View the AAHHSA Bylaws.

2021 Members

Chair

Karen Barber, General Counsel
VT Department of Mental Health

Vice-Chair

VACANT

Secretary

Carla Erickson, Chief Assistant Attorney General
State of Alaska

Treasurer

VACANT

Immediate Past Chair

Stacie Kraly, Chief Assistant Attorney General
AK Department of Law

Midwest Region: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI

Midwest Region Chair

Christoph Gange, General Counsel
IL Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Midwest Region Representative

Patricia Llacsa, Assistant General Counsel
IL Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Second Representative - VACANT

Midwest Region Alternates

Erin Lahr, Deputy General Counsel
IN Department of Child Services

Second Alternate - VACANT

Mountain Region: CO, KS, MT, NE, ND, SD, WY

Mountain Region Chair

Jonathan Alm, Attorney
ND Department of Human Services

Mountain Region Representatives

Beth Steffan
ND Department of Human Services

Aaron Webb, Attorney
ND Department of Human Services

Mountain Region Alternates

Timothy Austin, Attorney
ND Department of Human Services

Second Alternate - VACANT

Northeast Region: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, PR, RI, VT

Northeast Region Chair

Stuart Schurr, General Counsel
VT Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

Northeast Region Representatives

Deanna Jones, Legal and Policy Advisor
VT Department for Children and Families

Hubert Chang, Assistant Attorney General
MD Office of Attorney the General

Northeast Region Alternates

Meredith Van Pelt, Attorney
NJ Department of Human Services

Second Alternate - VACANT

Southeast Region: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, WV, VA

Southeast Region Chair

Michelle L'Hommedieu, Assistant Attorney General
VA Attorney General's Office

Southeast Region Representatives

Krisann Hodges, General Counsel
TN Department of Human Services

Andrea Sanders, General Counsel
MS Department of Human Services

John Finkbeiner, Attorney
AR Department of Human Services

Southeast Region Alternates

Bob Anderson, Executive Director
MS Department of Human Services

Second Alternate - VACANT

Soutwest Region: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

Southwest Region Chair

Katharine McLaughlin, Attorney
TX Department of Family and Protective Services - MR

Southwest Region Representatives

Michelle Bridges-Bell, Attorney
AR Department of Human Services

Second Representative - VACANT

Southwest Region Alternates

First Alternate - VACANT

Second Alternate - VACANT

Western Region: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA

Western Region Chair

Nicole Fries, Associate General Counsel
AZ Health Care Cost Containment System

Western Region Representatives

Christie Giusti, Assistant Chief Counsel
CA Department of Social Services

Wanda Hasadsri, Senior Staff Counsel
CA Department of Social Services

Western Region Alternates

Patti Dikes, Senior Staff Counsel
CA Department of Social Services

Michelle Ben-Hur
CA Department of Social Services