Arizona State Medicaid Advisory Committee (SMAC)

The State Medicaid Advisory Committee (SMAC) reviews and advises the Medicaid agency on the operations, programs, and planning for Arizona's Medicaid program.

Mission and Purpose

The SMAC advises the Director of AHCCCS on policy, operations and administrative issues of the Medicaid program, including issues of concern to the community.


The SMAC operates in accordance with 42 CFR 431.12 (Code of Federal Regulations) and the Medicaid State Plan.


The bylaws for the SMAC were created in September 1992 and are reviewed annually, or on an as needed basis.

SMAC Bylaws

State Medicaid Advisory Committee (SMAC) Members

The SMAC shall include the AHCCCS Director or designee, the Director of the Arizona Department ofHealth Services (ADHS) or a designee, and the Director of the Department of Economic Security (DES) or a designee.

The remaining authorized members shall be no less than seventeen (17), as follows:

Health care providers or professionals with a direct interest in the AHCCCS program;

Members of the public, (e.g. a Medicaid recipient, a consumer advocate, a representative of a tribal community, or a representative of the educational community, etc

Members are appointed for a two-year term and may serve three consecutive terms. After serving three consecutive terms members must wait 24 months before re-applying for a committee position.

  • Public Members
    • Daniel Haley, Chief Executive Officer, H.O.P.E.
    • Marcus Johnson, Director of State Health Policy and Advocacy, Vitalyst
    • Zaida Dedolph (Proxy for Siman Qaasim), Director of Health Policy, Children's Action Alliance
    • Vince Torres, Sr. Director, First Things First
    • Dina Norwood, Managing Attorney, Community Legal Services
    • Angie Rodgers, President/CEO, Arizona Food Bank Network
    • Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, CEO, Native American Connections
    • Melissa Kotrys, CEO, Health Current
    • Greg Corns, Vice President Development & Strategic Alliances, Solterra Senior Living
    • Serena Unrein, Director, Arizona Partnership for Health Communities
  • Provider/Professional Members
    • Gina Judy, COO, Easterseals
    • John Hogeboom, CEO/President, Community Bridges, Inc.
    • Debbie Johnston (Proxy for Greg Ensell), Executive Vice President , AZ Hospital and Healthcare Association
    • David Voepel, CEO, AHCA
    • Elizabeth McKenna, M.D., Co-Owner, Healing Hearts Pediatrics
    • Arjelia "Argie" Gomez, CEO, Open Hearts Family Wellness
    • Dr. Jessica B. Peterkin, Dentist & Founder/CEO, Ministry of Dentistry, Inc
    • Vicki Staples, Director of OP Behavioral Health, Valleywise Health
    • Jennifer Carusetta, Executive Director, Health System Alliance of Arizona
    • Mary Jo Whitfield, VP of Integrated Health, Jewish Family and Children's Services
  • Ex-Officio Members
    • Jami Snyder, Director, AHCCCS Administration
    • Virginia Rountree, Deputy Director of Community Services and Managed Care, AZ Dept. of Economic Security
    • Cara Christ, Director, AZ Dept. of Health Services

Membership Information

SMAC is always accepting nominations to serve. Committee member voting sessions take place annually during the October quarterly meeting as stated in the SMAC bylaws.

  • Public member positions (e.g. a Medicaid recipient, a consumer advocate, a representative of a tribal community, or a representative of the educational community, etc.)
  • Professional member positions (e.g. health care providers or professionals with a direct interest in the AHCCCS program)

If you would like to serve or nominate someone to serve on the SMAC, please fill out the nomination form below and send it to

Nomination Form

For additional information on membership please contact Brenda Morris at 602-417-4029 or by email at

Meeting Information

The State Medicaid Advisory Committee (SMAC) meets quarterly, chaired by the AHCCCS Director. SMAC meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period at the end of the agenda. For the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency, all SMAC meetings will be held via webinar/telephone. Presentations and/or meeting materials are available in PDF format and posted by meeting date below.

2016 Meetings

AHCCCS Document Archive

If you are looking for previous summaries, please visit the AHCCCS Document Archive.