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The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Board of Directors consists of seven voting members and three ex officio nonvoting members.  The Governor shall appoint five voting members of the Board; the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint one voting member of the Board.  The voting members of the Board represent a range and diversity of skills, knowledge, experience and geographic and stakeholder perspective.  A voting member of the Board may not be a Legislator or hold any elective office in State Government.

Voting Members

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Florence Jameson, MD
Chair

Dr. Florence Jameson has spent her life dedicated to family, health care and community. She attended UCLA School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree and Cedar Sinai where she did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In 1985, she opened her private practice in Las Vegas and has been a solo practitioner for the last 27 years. She is an advocate for patients, their physicians and community health, having served as a member of the Clark County Medical Society for 27 years and as their past President. She is the immediate past President of the Nevada State Medical Association.  Her love for patients and medicine has inspired her to strive for quality healthcare for all Nevadans regardless of their economic situation…

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Valerie Clark, Vice Chair

Valerie Clark is the President of Clark & Associates Insurance Services, an insurance brokerage firm specializing in the development of creative health insurance plans for employer groups of all sizes. She joined Clark and Associates in 1993.

She is a Partner in Solutions At Work which helps companies focus on their core business strategies by providing high quality Human Resource Consulting Services, HRIS and Payroll Technology Solutions at a competitive price.

President of Altus Insurance Group, an affiliate of Clark and Associates, providing Commercial and Personal Insurance products to the Nevada market. Products include Worker’s Compensation, General Liability, Commercial/ Personal Auto, Homeowner’s, Professional Errors & Omissions, and Surety Bonds among an array of others.

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E. Lavonne Lewis
Board Member

Ms. Lavonne Lewis, a 45 year resident of Las Vegas is a Senior Executive with over 40 years of experience, possessing expertise in all Human Resources and Management functional areas in diverse domestic and international environments. Presently Ms. Lewis is the Director of Business for The Salvation Army Clark County where she uses her management expertise to coordinate the Business Activities of this diverse community organization. Ms. Lewis is responsible for the local operation of Finance, Human Resources and Grant Compliance.

Previously Ms. Lewis was Interim President/CEO for the Las Vegas Clark County Urban League. As President/CEO of the Las Vegas Urban League, Ms. Lewis was responsible for all of the operations of the agency, including Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Education, Public Computer Centers, Women, Infants, Children Centers, the William U. Pearson Community Center just to name a few. She received the Dedicated Service Award from the organization.

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José Meléndrez
Board Member

Mr. Melendrez currently serves as the Executive Director for the Office of Community Partnerships in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).  He is responsible for coordinating and building partnerships that support students and faculty initiatives including working with community-based organizations and public health agencies to support internships, research and educational programming.  Mr. Melendrez currently serves as the Chair of the Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition, board member to the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange – reappointed by Governor Steve Sisolak in 2020, a board of directors to the Southern Nevada Health District Community Health Center (FQHC), and Director with the Latin Chamber of Commerce, serves as a volunteer with the Hope Means Nevada Campaign, and a member of the United Way Latino/X outreach initiative.

Mr. Melendrez serves as the liaison for the School of Public Health to the Nevada System of Higher Education Title III-Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Institute, and Title V- Hispanic Serving Institute initiatives at UNLV. This includes service with the NSHE Hispanic Serving Institutional task force.  He currently co-chairs the UNLV Minority Serving Institution task force.

Sarah Friedman, Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Friedman is an Assistant Professor in Health Administration and Policy at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) School of Community Health Sciences. She studies and teaches health policy, policy analysis, and health economics, and is currently engaged in research funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and VA Health Services Research and Development. She also serves as an Evaluation Consultant for Project ECHO Nevada, an initiative of the UNR School of Medicine’s Office of Statewide Initiatives. Dr. Friedman earned a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2009, and a doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017, where she was a CTSI TL1 Translational Science Fellow.

 

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Jonathan Johnson
Board Member

Jonathan brings 14 years of experience to Distinctive Insurance, a full-service agency, and is responsible for strategic direction and continued agency growth. He consults with businesses locally with respect to employee benefits and other insurance needs. Jonathan is a 2005 graduate from UNLV, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Jonathan sits on the board of the Clark County Association of Health Underwriters, a nonprofit association that supports the insurance industry. Jonathan is a native Las Vegas resident, married with five children and family dog. He enjoys attending sporting events and boating on Lake Mead in the summer months. He currently volunteers with Boy Scouts.

 

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Quincy L. Branch
Board Member

Quincy is a second-generation insurance professional who started his insurance career working for his father’s agency. He would later expand on the family-owned business creating Branch Benefits Consultants.

A man with a heart for service, he is active as a deacon at his church and volunteers at various charities.  He has served in voluntary leadership positions on the Urban Chamber of Commerce, National Association of African American Insurance Agents and The Quiet Storm Foundation Board of Directors.  In 2011 he was appointed to sit on the IIABA’s National Young Agents Committee and served as Chairman He is recognized as one of Las Vegas’s 40 under 40, featured as one of Employee Benefits Advisors 10 Rising Stars, along with being honored as one of Insurance Business Americas Hot 100 for 2015. In 2016, he was also appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance. With all of his accolades in business and the community, Quincy continues to value family time with his wife of 16 years-Tamika and two children-Quamir and Sanai.