Meet Our Team


Jason Blanks

Executive Director
As Executive Director, Jason provides overall leadership to the organization and is responsible for setting CAHA's strategic vision and creating community partnerships to improve the health of the Capital Area. Email Jason at

Natalie Gottschalk

Administrative Assistant
Natalie re-joined the Alliance in 2021 as its Administrative Assistant. Natalie has previously worked with the Alliance in many capacities, including three years as its office manager. She has an extensive background in nonprofit business and finance management, office management, and human resources, with experience working in the healthcare field. Natalie holds degrees in business and journalism from Michigan State University and a law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Email Natalie at


Mary Anne Ford

Healthcare Consultant
Mary Anne Ford is an experienced analyst, strategic planner, evaluator and communicator who has worked with health organizations in Michigan and nationally to support their transformation efforts in the ever-changing environment of healthcare financing and delivery. She has been active in the development of numerous health information exchanges (HIEs) across the country, including providing research and analysis, tool development, business planning, provider outreach, and evaluation metrics. Before launching her independent consulting practice in 2002, Mary Anne spent 17 years at the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), moving from its government relations department to become the Director of the Department of Medical Economics and Health Care Delivery, and then serving on MSMS’s senior management team.