Mark B. Leahey
President & CEO
Mark Leahey is the President & CEO for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), a national trade association in Washington, DC that represents hundreds of research-driven medical technology companies. Mr. Leahey's responsibilities include advocating on behalf of the entrepreneurial sector of the medical device industry to Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and other federal and state agencies. He has lobbied for a more reasonable user fee for smaller companies, worked to open access to the hospital marketplace by challenging the exclusionary and anti-competitive nature of certain large group purchasing organizations (GPOs), as well as ensure that medical device technologies are reimbursed adequately. Mr. Leahey has been named one of the medical device industry's top lobbyists and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Medical Product Outsourcing. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a graduate of Georgetown University, the Georgetown Law Center and Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.
Vice President of Public Affairs
Brendan Benner is the Vice President of Public Affairs for the MDMA where he is in charge of communications, strategic outreach and grassroots development. Benner has extensive experience in the private and public sector, as well as working with non-profits. He began his career with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Public Affairs where he worked on education policy and other issues, interacting with elected officials and policy makers. He spent several years working in Congress, serving both as a Communications Director and District Director for former Congresswoman Melissa Hart (PA) and Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA) respectively. He oversaw and implemented aggressive media and outreach plans in these highly competitive congressional districts. Mr. Benner is also a veteran of numerous Congressional and Presidential campaigns as well. Mr. Benner is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and a graduate of Georgetown University and Temple University's Beasley School of Law.
Vice President & General Counsel
Carolyn Bruguera is Vice President & General Counsel for the MDMA. She brings extensive experience in the management of legal affairs and compliance for medical device manufacturers. Prior to joining MDMA, Carolyn served as Vice President of Consulting Services for R-Squared Services & Solutions, Inc. (acquired by IMS Health) where she advised dozens of clients in domestic and foreign antikickback and anticorruption compliance, data privacy, Open Payments and international transparency requirements. She also served as Vice President and General Counsel to Hansen Medical, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of robotics for intravascular procedures, and to Micrus Endovascular Corporation, from its initial public offering through its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson. Before joining the medical device industry, Carolyn was a corporate and securities attorney in private practice. She received her JD from the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, and her AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. She speaks French fluently and is a member of the California bar.
Vice President, Government Affairs
Prior to joining MDMA,
Clayton spent 12 years working on Capitol Hill
and served as Chief of Staff to three Members of the U.S. House of
Congressmen Jim McCrery (LA) and Anh "Joseph" Cao (LA), and
Congressman Tim Griffin (AR). McCrery and Griffin both served on the
powerful Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee in the
House, which has significant jurisdiction over federal health care policy.
Clayton managed a diverse portfolio of political and policy issues while he was
on the Hill, playing a major role in drafting numerous pieces of legislation,
including legislation to reform the federal regulatory regime, and Medicare
payment policies. Mr. Hall received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics
from Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
Heather Rosecrans brings more than 30 years of public health and medical device experience to MDMA. Rosecrans continues her commitment to public health at MDMA where she provides strategic consulting services and works with MDMA members to bring innovative devices to patients.
Prior to joining MDMA, Rosecrans served as Director of the 510(k) Pre-Market Notification Staff at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). In this role, Rosecrans was responsible for implementing administrative and regulatory policy for the 510(k) Program, the 513(g) Program, Classification and Reclassification, de novo petitions and other premarket regulatory requirements.
Senior International Advisor to Medical Device Community
An effective advocate and a well-known voice in government affairs, market access and reimbursement policy in the worldwide healthcare community. Maintains direct access to senior foreign health officials who welcome Ed's knowledge of comparative health care (payment) systems. At the same time, able to justify and secure increases in overseas reimbursement for a variety of medical technologies. Currently assisting the 300-strong members of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA).
Served as Intuitive Surgical's first VP for global government affairs and health economics. Prior healthcare organizations and Presidential committees served include: Stryker (as first VP of Govt Affairs), President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), St. Jude Medical, Rozynski and Associates, AdvaMed, PhRMA, USTR and the U.S. Virgin Islands Commerce/Economic Council.
In 2010, was awarded only the 10th Distinguished Alumni award granted by UNC-Greensboro’s School of Business and Economics.
Director, Federal Affairs
Elliott Warren is a Policy & Outreach Director at MDMA. Elliott first started with MDMA as an Administrative Assistant where he provided background research and also fulfilled administrative duties. Specifically, he researched implications at the state and federal level surrounding the implementation of the medical device tax provision included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He continues to provide background on a portfolio of policy issues as well as helps to maintain MDMA's communications with Capitol Hill. Elliott is also responsible for coordinating MDMA's business development efforts and assists with the Association's grassroots advocacy, outreach and public affairs campaigns. Prior to joining MDMA, Elliott worked in the government affairs divisions of two DC based lobbying firms and spent time on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Thad Cochran (MS). Elliott is a graduate of the University of Mississippi's Trent Lott Leadership Institute where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy & Leadership with a minor in History.
Director of Operations and Executive Assistant to the President
Sheri DeVinney is MDMA's Director of Operations and the Executive Assistant to the President. She brings more than 20 years of operational management and accounting experience to our association. In her current role, she is responsible for all office operations, programs, membership and serves as the Executive Assistant to MDMA’s President and CEO. Prior to joining MDMA, she held positions in the medical device, insurance, and real estate industries. Sheri also served in the United States Marine Corp for four years prior to attending Coastal Carolina Community College where she studied business and accounting.
Executive Assistant/Policy Analyst
Meredith is a Policy Analyst and Executive Assistant at MDMA. Prior to joining MDMA Meredith gained firsthand policy experience through serving as a Health Policy Associate at Jeffrey J. Kimbell and Associates, a Health Policy Intern for the US Senate HELP Committee Majority Office under Chairman Lamar Alexander, and as a Legislative Intern at Capitol Solutions Government Relations Consultants, LLC. While at Kimbell and Associates, Meredith analyzed federal rules and communicated changes through client-specific analyses detailing how new legislation would affect their products. Additionally, she created presentations to assist clients in understanding complex policy changes and participated in client meetings to discuss company strategies moving forward. Through her internships, Meredith spent time working directly with the Federal Budget and Appropriations process, CMS legislation, Department of Defense legislation, and covered committee hearings on Capitol Hill. Meredith graduated with Honors from Clemson University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Minor in Business Administration.