Staff

Thomas M. Leary,
Executive Director, HIMSS Foundation

Tom Leary is Vice President, Government Relations, where he leads the organization’s public policy initiatives and outreach to Congress, state legislators, and federal and state agencies. He guides a team that provides legislative and regulatory analysis and practical guidance on health IT policy development.  Prior to becoming Vice President, Leary served as the Senior Director of Federal Affairs.

Leary also serves as the Executive Director of the HIMSS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HIMSS, which offers non-partisan education and internship opportunities through the Institute for e-Health Policy; provides scholarship support to students in health IT-related fields; and free access to historical hospital health IT data through  The Dorenfest Institute.

Leary has dedicated a good portion of his Washington-based career on federal healthcare policy and regulation development. Prior to his arrival at HIMSS, Leary was a Division Manager for Science Applications International Corporation's TRICARE Division, where he was engaged in the coordination of healthcare administrative outsourcing solutions for the Military Health System.
He began his career in 1992 as a staff assistant to Rep. Les Aspin (D-WI). Upon the Congressman’s appointment to Secretary of Defense, his career transitioned to the Pentagon where he served as a Clinton Administration political appointee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Legislative Affairs office as staff assistant, then as Special Assistant for Health Care Policy. In 1997, his career’s focus expanded to federal healthcare policy as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, serving on the Assistant Secretary's senior management team that addressed medical readiness and peacetime healthcare delivery for the Military Health System.

Leary obtained his bachelor’s degree in History/Political Science from Rutgers University, his master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.  He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives, and has completed the Georgetown University Executive Leadership Certificate program.


David A. Gray
Manager, Congressional Affairs

David Gray is the Manager, Congressional Affairs for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In this role he focuses on education and outreach to Congress and provides legislative analysis on a number of public policy issues, including telehealth, cybersecurity, and health IT regulation. Prior to joining HIMSS, David was Manager of Government Affairs for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). Before he joined TIA, he worked in a number of positions on Capitol Hill, including in the House Democratic Cloakroom and for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME). He started his career in Washington, DC as an intern in the Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

David received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

Kathie Westpheling, MPH
Manager, Internships and Student Experiences

Kathie Westpheling, MPH, works as Manager of Internships and Student Experiences in the Institute’s Arlington Office.  Her duties include coordinating the Internship Program for the HIMSS Foundation’s Institute for e-Health Policy which offers students from various disciplines and levels of training an opportunity to learn more about advocacy, government relations, health information management, and e-health public policy.

From 1996 to her retirement in 2013, Ms. Westpheling worked for the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), a national organization of health professionals, health advocates and students united in a common mission to improve the health of underserved communities and to develop and support those clinicians who serve them. She served as the Executive Director from 2002 to 2013.

Prior to joining ACU, she worked for over 12 years at the American Medical Student Association Foundation as Director of the NHSC Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Project, which placed over 2,400 health professional students in five disciplines in the combined community health center systems. 

Ms. Westpheling served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Campbell Hoffman Foundation, a philanthropic foundation addressing access to health care in Northern Virginia.  She is a 2002 Fellow in the Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship in which she contributed to a policy statement on health information technology and community health centers.  Ms. Westpheling received her Masters of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and her Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition from Simmons College, Boston MA. 

 

Contact

Thomas M. Leary
Executive Director, 
HIMSS Foundation  
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22203
703.562.8814
tleary@himss.org

David A. Gray
Manager, Congressional Affairs
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22203
703.562.8817
dgray@himss.org

Kathie Westpheling, MPH
Manager, Internships and Student Experiences
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22203
703.220.9591
kathie@e-healthpolicy.org