About the ASA Advocacy Division

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ASA's Advocacy Division is located in Washington, D.C. It monitors and engages in advocacy with respect to federal and state legislative, regulatory, and quality activities affecting the practice of medicine by the Society's members. Further, it is responsible for providing Practice Management assistance and advice for the membership, principally with respect to the Medicare program but also with respect to all "business" aspects of the delivery of anesthesia care. The American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee (ASAPAC), a separate segregated fund of the Society, is also administered in the Washington Office.

Federal Legislative and Regulatory Activities - Information on all of the federal legislative and regulatory activities relating to ASA priorities.   

Practice Management  - Practice management assistance as well as information on the Medicare program.

Washington Alerts - The latest news out of Washington.

Personnel of the Advocacy Division include:

Manuel Bonilla, M.S.  Chief Advocacy Officer

Administrative Staff

Erica Leake 

Senior Advocacy Administrative Assistant

Carmen McCormick 
Advocacy Operations Manager

Congressional and Political Affairs

Nora Matus 
Director of Congressional and Political Affairs

Amanda Ott 
Senior Governmental and Political Outreach Manager

Zorie Valchev 
PAC Specialist

Ashley Walton
Pain Medicine and Federal Affairs Manager

Payment and Practice Management

Sharon Merrick, M.S., CCS-P 
Director of Payment and Practice Management

Public Relations (located in Schaumburg, IL)

Theresa Hill
Director of Public Relations

LaSondra Cooper
Senior Public Relations Manager

Ashley Pekic
Public Relations Associate

State Affairs

Jason Hansen, J.D. 
Director of State Affairs

Erin Philp, M.A., J.D. 
State Affairs Manager

Additional staff in the Washington, D.C. office include: 


April Cheek, M.B.A.  
Senior Governance Support Associate

Analytics and Research Services

Nick Halzack 
Health Policy Analysis Manager

Office of Legal Counsel

Maya D. Grassi, J.D
Associate General Council

Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Matthew Popovich
Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Elizabeth Quill
Quality and Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Contact ASA in Washington

ASA Washington, D.C. Office 
1501 M Street, N.W. Suite 300 
Washington, DC 20005 
Telephone: (202) 289-2222 
Fax: (202)371-0384 
E-mail: advocacy@asahq.org