Amy Melnick, MPA
National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care
Amy Melnick is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (Coalition). Amy’s career has focused on health care policy, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and coalition building with diverse stakeholders. Amy guides the Coalition efforts to better communicate, coordinate and collaborate within the organizations representing the interdisciplinary field of hospice and palliative care.
As the Coalition’s first Executive Director, Amy guides the Coalition operations and stakeholder engagement with various health care policy organizations such as Congress, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Institute of Health, National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine, National Quality Forum, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Patient Quality of Life Coalition and the Joint Commission.
Prior to joining the Coalition, Amy was the Vice President, Advocacy, for the Arthritis Foundation in Washington D.C. where she successfully advocated for the creation of a congressionally directed federally funded research program at the Department of Defense for arthritis research. Amy has also represented physicians, scientists, and nurses, while serving as the Vice President for Health Policy at the Heart Rhythm Society. She began her career on Capitol Hill as Committee Staff at the US House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Aging where she focused on issues affecting older Americans. Amy attended the London School of Economics and Political Science and received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College (BA) and her Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University (MPA).
Gwynn B. Sullivan, MSN
National Consensus Project
Gwynn Sullivan brings 30+ years of leadership experience developing award-winning national and international initiatives to transform health care delivery. Most recently, Gwynn was employed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for over 12 years where her responsibilities as Senior Director included implementing strategic planning and program development of national access initiatives; serving as the national pediatric liaison; creating national outreach and consumer engagement programs; serving as the primary lead for contracts with Department of Veterans Affairs; facilitating development of community partnerships and coalitions; and being a featured speaker at national and international conferences.
In addition to her responsibilities at NHPCO, Gwynn directed the strategic program development/expansion and re-branding of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA), now known as Global Partners in Care. Her role led to NHPCO receiving the American Society of Association Executives ‘Power of A’ Summit Award (their highest honor) for the We Honor Veterans program, as well as Global Partners in Care receiving the American Society of Association Executives ‘Power of A’ Gold Award – both in 2015.
Gwynn’s recent professional development includes completing the Women’s Leadership Experience from Center for Creative Leadership; and Appreciative Inquiry Certificate Program and Appreciative Leadership Development Trainer Certification from the Corporation for Positive Change.
Cozzie M. King
National Consensus Project/ National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care
Cozzie M. King has over 10 years has worked as the Manager of Professional Development for NCSEA. Prior to that, Cozzie was the Senior Manager of Access Programs for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Global Partners in Care. Over her eight years at NHPCO, Cozzie managed access-related programs working to ensure patients and families were aware of and had access to quality hospice and palliative care services on the national and local levels. Cozzie managed NHPCO’s Diversity Initiative and the work of the Diversity Advisory Council on their efforts. This work included collaborations with strategic partners, local universities, faith communities, and community engagement activities. Cozzie also managed the Global Partners in Care’s African Palliative Care Scholarship Program in partnership with the African Palliative Care Association.
Cozzie continues working with hospice and community organizations, sharing her expertise as a presenter working to help more patients and families understand hospice and palliative care and the importance of advance care planning.
As a member of the American Society on Aging, she participates in the Network on Multicultural Aging Committee and the Student and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group. Cozzie also volunteers as an Education Ambassador for SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which provides volunteers with resources to educate their communities about LGBT aging issues.