Director of Health Policy
Mary Wachtel is Voices' Director of Health Policy, based in Columbus.
Mary coordinates Voices
' health policy agenda in conjunction with Voices' Public Policy Partners
, advocacy partners and staff.
has had a long career and influential career in child and family advocacy, specializing in health policy and advocacy.
has successfully negotiated and secured bipartisan support for health-care coverage expansions for children and pregnant women, and for streamlining Medicaid enrollment and renewal processes.
Current health priorities at Voices
include children's coverage, access and quality; children's oral health; and health-care reform implementation.
serves on several advisory bodies, including Voices
for America's Children's Health Policy Committee, Ohio's Medical Care Advisory Council
, the BEACON Council
She co-convenes the Ohio Covering Kids and Families Coalition and co-chairs the statewide Children's Oral Health Action Team (COHAT).
previously worked with other non-profit organizations, including as health advocate and deputy director for the Childen's Defense Fund-Ohio
, as executive director of the Forum for Faith
in the Workplace (Columbus), as program director for the Association of Junior Leagues International
(New York), as assistant director, Northeast Region, for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF
(New York), and for Bread for the World (St. Louis).
Mary holds an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA from the University of Akron (Honors Scholar).
also holds a certificate in Education for Ministry from the Episcopal Seminary of the South
, Sewanee, Tenn.
grew up in Coshocton County, Ohio.
father still lives on the farm that has been in the family for more than 120 years.
and her husband, John Starkie, live in Columbus and are the parents of two young children, Sophia and Wyatt.