Our Team

Leslie Dach, Founder and Chair

Founder and Chair Leslie Dach served in the Obama Administration as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and as the Department’s global Ebola coordinator. He was a member of the management committee at Walmart Inc, where he led the development of initiatives in sustainability, food and nutrition, women’s economic empowerment, and the Walmart Foundation. Dach was also the global vice chairman of Edelman, the global communications firm, and served in senior roles in six U.S. presidential campaigns.

Brad Woodhouse, Executive Director

Executive Director Brad Woodhouse is a longtime Democratic strategist, having previously served as President of some of the nation’s leading progressive groups including Correct the Record, American Bridge 21st Century, and Americans United for Change. Woodhouse took on these roles after a five-year (2008 to 2013) run as a senior strategist for the Obama campaign and Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee.

Luke Albee, Legislative Affairs Senior Advisor

Luke Albee, described as “the Dean of Senate Chiefs of Staff” by Politico, has served as chief of staff to Senators Mark Warner (2009-15) and Patrick Leahy (1993-2004), directing a broad array of legislative, policy, political and communications activities for both Members. From 2004 to 2008, Albee was a Principal at Ricchetti, Inc., a Democratic lobbying and consulting firm. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont.

Tanya Bjork, States Director and Senior Advisor

Tanya Bjork has more than 25 years of campaign, communications, advocacy and legislative experience. She has developed and implemented every aspect of successful political and issue campaigns. Tanya served as a Strategic Advisor to Biden for President, Senior Advisor to Hillary for America and both Obama campaigns as well as Director of Federal Affairs for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Regional Director for EMILY’s List, the AFL-CIO and worked in the Minnesota and Wisconsin legislatures. She resides in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Ellen Doneski, Legislative Affairs Senior Advisor

Ellen has three decades of legislative policy experience in the House and Senate. She was a senior leadership aide to Democratic Leader Harry Reid for tax, economic and labor policy. Ellen served as Senator John D. Rockefeller IV’s staff director of the Commerce Committee for six years leading the Committee’s work arguing for the Medical Loss Ratio and plain language explanations of health plan benefits in the ACA. Ellen was staff director of the Senate Finance Committee’s Health Subcommittee for more than a decade as well as Legislative Director for Senator Rockefeller.

Sean England, Digital Director

Sean England is the Digital Director for Protect Our Care. Prior to joining our team, Sean worked extensively in all facets of digital communications, advising progressive organizations and campaigns on website development, video content, social media strategy, and digital advertising. Over the years, Sean has worked with the Democratic National Committee and organizations like American Bridge, World War Zero, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Demand Justice, and Protect Our Care to advance progressive causes and fight for issues that he is passionate about.

Jesse Ferguson, General Strategist

Jesse Ferguson is a battle-tested Democratic Strategist and General Consultant with executive-level experience managing more than $200 million in major advertising and public-relations campaigns. He has served in senior roles at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee IE, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and at a variety of SuperPACs, Independent Expenditures and issue-focused advocacy campaigns, including Protect Our Care. The National Journal has described his work saying his “creative, out-of-the-box independent-expenditure ads, tailored to each district, are a bright spot” and Politico highlighted his digital advertising program for focusing on “the most persuadable voters with an online onslaught.” In 2019, Campaigns and Elections Magazine named him one of its 40-under-40 Rising Stars and the National Journal had featured him as one of its “35 and Under Power Set.”

Jason Ferrante, Press Assistant and Operations Manager

Jason joined Protect Our Care as a Press Assistant in August of 2020, initially working out of the Coronavirus War Room. In this role, he is responsible for assisting a diverse communications staff in distributing statements, research documents, and other media monitoring. Prior to joining Protect Our Care, Jason interned for the Center for Climate, Health, and Equity at the American Public Health Association along with a 2019 internship at the Office of Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. Jason graduated in 2020 with a dual-degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Allegheny College.

Yvette Fontenot, Policy and Legislative Affairs Senior Advisor

Yvette Fontenot has nearly 25 years of Federal health care experience and has held senior positions on Capitol Hill as well as in the White House and at HHS. She is an expert on the Federal legislative and regulatory process and has longstanding relationships with lawmakers, regulators and thought-leaders. Yvette served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House as well as Deputy Director of the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services where she developed policy and coordinated and cleared all matters related to the Affordable Care Act and provided outreach to Congress and other stakeholders. Prior to her work in the Administration, Yvette served as Professional Staff with the Senate Finance Committee where she was a principle author of the Affordable Care Act and advised Chairman Baucus and Committee members on health insurance reform legislation.

Mitch Harle, Development Manager

Mitch Harle is the Development Manager at Protect Our Care. Prior to managing POC’s development program, Mitch served as Deputy Press Secretary and Director of Operations from January 2019 to December 2020. Prior to joining the organization, Mitch served in two roles at American Bridge 21st Century — first as a Tracker in West Virginia during the 2016 election and most recently as a Broadcast Media Monitor from 2017 to 2018. Mitch is originally from Katy, TX and holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Hendrix College in Conway, AR.

Adam Hoyer, National Organizing Director

Adam Hoyer has served as the National Organizing Director at Protect Our Care since 2017. In this role, Hoyer manages Protect Our Care’s key partnerships with allied groups at the state and national levels, organizes a coalition of dozens of health care and progressive organizations, and oversees Protect Our Care’s state team operations—which have executed grasstops organizing and earned media strategies in 23 states since 2017. Prior to joining Protect Our Care, Hoyer was a campaign and field organizing specialist, having worked on several state and national races—including both of President Obama’s successful presidential elections in 2008 and 2012. Hoyer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the men’s golf team, and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University. He currently resides in Washington, DC, but originally hails from Tampa, FL and remains a proud FloridaMan.

Rebecca Parks, Research Director

Rebecca Parks has over 10 years experience in opposition and policy research including work on both Obama campaigns and at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She served as Tracking Director at American Bridge and has been at Protect Our Care since February 2017. Rebecca holds a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan.

Kelsey Evans, Research Assistant

Kelsey started as a research assistant at Protect Our Care in August 2021. Prior to working at POC, Kelsey was a graphic designer for SBDigital where she worked to elect left-leaning candidates in the 2020 election cycle through digital advertising. Kelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.

Trentqual Rhone, Press Assistant

Trentqual Rhone joined Protect Our Care in August 2021 as a Press Assistant. He recently graduated from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is working toward a Master of Arts in Media & Strategic Communication at The George Washington University. Prior to joining Protect Our Care, he gained communication and advocacy experience with an array of organizations, including Rational 360, Common Cause, and the City of Montgomery, Alabama, at the Office of Mayor Steven L. Reed. Trentqual currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Tess Schleitwiler, Deputy Research Director

Tess is the Deputy Research Director at Protect Our Care. Prior to joining POC, Tess held roles at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Legislature. Tess holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master’s from the University of Montana.

Anne Shoup, Communications Director

Anne Shoup is the Communications Director at Protect Our Care. With nearly two decades of experience, Anne cut her teeth in health care communications and advocacy at groups like the Center for American Progress and American Bridge 21st Century. Anne has worked with national and local organizations on strategic communications, providing full-scale communications support, working closely with reporters, drafting press releases and statements, placing hundreds of op-eds and letters to the editor, coordinating press relations for high-profile events, and booking policy experts on TV and radio. Throughout her various roles, Anne media trained hundreds of policy experts and progressive activists, giving them the tools to craft their own message, write and pitch op-eds, and give successful interviews.

Maddie Twomey, Deputy Communications Director

Maddie is the Deputy Communications Director at Protect Our Care. Prior to joining POC, Maddie worked on the health policy team at the Center for American Progress, where she helped develop and advocate for policies to expand health coverage, lower costs, and improve quality of care. She began her work in health policy and advocacy while interning at AARP during congressional attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017. Maddie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the George Washington University.

Gabby Vice, Social Media/Digital Strategist

Gabby has nearly 10 years of communications, digital media, marketing, and design experience. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Communications Manager for a branch of Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and for some of the biggest publishing companies in the world — all the while being a local organizer and activist in her off-hours. Throughout the last few years, Gabby has helped launch progressive organizations and campaigns throughout the state of New Jersey, while helping organize for ballot initiatives, virtual events, and legislative action.