DC Metro - Healthcare Breakfast & Business Cards

Time: Tuesday, December 5 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: W&M Washington Center | 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW 7th floor | Washington, DC

Michael Steelman, Director of Alumni Career Management and Professional Networks

One Tribe. One Network.

Join fellow alumni professionals in the DC region for a networking breakfast featuring a discussion on healthcare policy issues today with alumni Mike Hoak '02, Director of Strategic Policy for Humana and Dr. Robert Saunders '00, Research Director, Payment and Delivery Reform at Duke's Margolis Center for Health Policy.

Whether you want to look for new business opportunities or simply connect with the W&M community in DC, don't miss this networking breakfast with alumni interested in the latest developments in healthcare.

Cost: $10 (includes breakfast)

Event Program:
7:30 – 8:00 AM – Breakfast and Networking
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Discussion
8:30 – 9:00 AM – Networking



Mike Hoak, '02 (MA History) is the Director of Strategic Policy for Humana – one of the nation's largest providers of health insurance and health and wellbeing services. He is currently responsible for the development and execution of Humana's state and federal public policy initiatives. Prior to joining Humana in 2012, he served as Legislative Director for Capitol Counsel, a leading DC-based lobbying and advocacy firm. In this role, he counseled a wide array of health care clients, including pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacies, health care provider organizations, medical device companies, and health insurers. Over his nearly 20-year career in Washington, Michael has also worked as a public policy analyst for organizations ranging from the National Football League to the port of Hong Kong. While at William & Mary, he specialized in 20th century American history and authored a thesis on the Civilian Conservation Corps. He is a lifelong Virginia resident and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Allison and his daughter Ella.


Dr. Robert Saunders '00 is Research Director, Payment and Delivery Reform at Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.  In this role, he manages the Center's portfolio for payment and delivery reform initiatives, including bringing together faculty from across the University for developing the strategic vision in this area. He also leads specific projects in digital health technologies, evaluation of new payment policies, and federal physician payment reforms.

Prior to joining Duke-Margolis, Dr. Saunders was a Senior Director and then Senior Advisor to the President of the National Quality Forum, where he managed a large federally-funded project that provided recommendations on more than 200 quality measures for 20 different federal programs in a period of two months. As Senior Advisor, he directed special projects on topics including data, payment reform, systems engineering, and future of healthcare quality measurement. There, he authored targeted communications to translate the organization’s technical work for a broad audience, including journal perspectives, white papers, and blogs and supported the development of new funding opportunities, including developing relationships with foundations and authoring concept papers and proposals. He was previously Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine and managed health care legislative affairs for Representative Rush D. Holt.   

Dr. Saunders received his B.S. (Physics) at the College of William and Mary and his PhD in physics and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Physics at Duke University.