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Quintero to Healthsperien; Pullen lands at Georgetown

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The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at [email protected].

Congratulations to Ray Quintero, now a principal at Healthsperien, LLC, a D.C.-based consulting and legal services firm focused on strategic issues operating at the intersection of public policy, business strategy and government affairs. The company helps organizations navigate the complexities of health care policy, politics and regulation.

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Ray Quintero

Quintero has a wide range of expertise in health care, spanning the care and management spectrum including patients, providers, educators, payers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Prior to joining Healthsperien, he served as senior vice president of Public Policy at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in D.C. and Chicago. As part of the senior leadership team, he led and executed the overall strategic vision of the AOA, a national membership organization comprised of nearly 130,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students nationwide. He oversaw the AOA’s diverse Federal & State government relations program. During his tenure at the AOA, Quintero led the association’s efforts on many issues, including Medicare physician payment, medical liability reform and graduate medical education. He also represented the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians as its director of government relations.

Quintero has also held government relations positions at Merck Pharmaceuticals, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and served as vice president of Strategic Alliances at SevenTwenty Strategies, where he provided grassroots and public affairs counsel to a range of health care clients.

Quintero is a native of Arizona. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona, where he served as student body president and on the Arizona Alumni Association Board.

Congratulations also to Bill Pullen on his new position at Georgetown University as program co-director, Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program. The coaching program is housed in the Institute of Transformational Leadership. Pullen will also continue to run his own company.

Pullen is president of BPA Coaching and Consulting. He is an executive coach and organizational development consultant who provides executive coaching, team coaching and leadership development services to both public and private organizations. His work focuses on developing current and emerging leaders, building leadership capacity within organizations and aligning leader behavior with organizational strategy and mission needs. He has delivered individual and team coaching to a wide range of organizations.

Pullen is known for his straightforward, insightful approach to helping people and organizations identify behaviors that promote or detract from leader effectiveness. Taking a systematic approach, he uses a cycle of assessment, challenge and support to accelerate development, enhance performance and build leadership identity, presence, behaviors and skills. Through the use of various assessment instruments, he is able to give targeted feedback and create development plans that align with the needs of both the individual and the organization. His approach reinforces coaching and feedback, by creating a cycle of action and learning that leads to sustained, effective improvement in performance.

Pullen has a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and a master’s in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. He has done advanced coach training in adult development, neuroscience and consciousness and systems and team coaching.

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Suhas Subramanyam wins Democratic primary in Va. 10th Congressional District

Former Obama advisor vows to champion LGBTQ rights in Congress

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Virginia state Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Fairfax County) (Photo courtesy of Subramanyam's campaign)

Virginia state Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Loudoun County) on Tuesday won the Democratic primary in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) in Congress.

Subramanyam won the Democratic primary in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District with 30.4 percent of the votes. The Loudoun County Democrat who was an advisor to former President Barack Obama will face Republican Mike Clancy in November’s general election.

“I’m thrilled to be the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 10th, and to have won this election during Pride Month,” Subramanyam told the Washington Blade on Wednesday in an emailed statement. “As I have done in the state legislature and as an Obama White House policy advisor, I will always stand as an ally with the LGBTQ+ community.”

Wexton, who is a vocal LGBTQ rights champion, last September announced she will not seek re-election after doctors diagnosed her with progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurological disorder she has described as “Parkinson’s on steroids.” Wexton is a vice chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus and a previous co-chair of its Transgender Equality Task Force.

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Baltimore

Police say they didn’t spray a chemical agent at Baltimore Pride. Why don’t those who attended believe it?

Attendees allege city failed to adequately respond to emergency

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A parade participant is photographed clutching on to a rainbow flag at Baltimore’s Pride Parade held on June 15, 2024. (Photo by Ronica Edwards/Baltimore Banner)

BY BRENNA SMITH and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | A chemical agent that disrupted Pride Parade festivities last weekend continues to cause confusion and raise suspicion among many in the Baltimore LGBTQIA+ community, who question the police account of what happened.

The Baltimore Police Department said Tuesday that they had determined the released substance was Mace, but did not say how they came to that conclusion. A BPD spokesperson said that the chemical was released after two groups of people got into an altercation. Three people were treated and released from a nearby hospital because of injuries from the spray.

The rest of this article can be read on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Baltimore

Carlton R. Smith: LGBTQ advocate, ‘mayor’ of Mount Vernon, passes away

‘The Duchess’ died on May 29 in his sleep

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Carlton R. Smith, an LGBTQ advocate, died May 29. He was 61. (Photo courtesy of Carlton R. Smith)

BY JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | Carlton R. Smith was affectionately called “The Duchess” in a nod to royalty, because of his unofficial role of mayor of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. He was a “walking billboard” for Calvin Klein, with a love for purple, Batman, cooking, house music, Prince, and Diana Ross.

“If you said Duchess, you knew who that was,” said his close friend of 25-years, Carrietta Hiers.

The rest of this article can be found on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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