Noël P. Comeaux, AICP, PMP is a senior transportation planner and economist with 18 years of experience. He has worked in every mode including short sea shipping to help reduce the number of commercial trucks on the road, on other freight issues, passenger transportation, with pedestrian/bicycle plans, determined economic forecasts, developed and reviewed other feasibility assessments, and supported critical issues for the Panama Canal Authority, White House Infrastructure Initiative, and U.S. Navy.

His background lends itself to policy, to help consider a healthier environment for an economic sector (transportation) that contributes heavily to housing, community development, air quality issues, modal conflict, and other factors which help determine current and future direct and indirect (social) medical costs.  A primary factor is risk including consequences which he assessed for pedestrian and vehicular access to CONUS U.S. Navy facilities.

He has also served in various leadership roles including with the American Planning Association and Transportation Research Board and recently joined The Tioga Group, Inc. as a Senior Associate.

Finally, he graduated from Tulane University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics.  He later completed a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of New Orleans, in 1997. To learn more overall, please see his professional profile on LinkedIn.

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Michelle Comeaux, MSHA, CPHQ is the Director of Regulatory Readiness and Performance Improvement for Inova Health System and has over 15 years of expertise in the quality and performance improvement arena. In Denver, Michelle served as a Quality Management Consultant for The Children’s Hospital, earning the Children’s Choice Award for Teamwork and the Award of Excellence for Quality and Safety. Later, Michelle worked as a Management Decision Support Analyst with Colorado Permanente Medical Group before relocating to the Mid-Atlantic in 2008. Once in the mid-Atlantic region; Michelle has held director of quality roles in the Medstar and Inova Health systems.

Michelle has also been a member of the Board of the National Capital Healthcare Executives since 2009, having recently completed a two year term as President. She has also served as a speaker or moderator for numerous events, including at the VAHQ Conference for the past two years, ACHE Chapter Leader’s Conference in Chicago in 2014 and recently as a panelist for the NCHE Diversity in Healthcare dinner in 2015. An advocate of ACHE’s belief in lifelong learning, Michelle earned her rank of Fellow in the College in 2013 and now serves as a mentor for candidates in the region. Michelle has been a member of VAHQ for 4 years and currently serves on the Board as the Newsletter Chair.

Finally, she holds a Masters in Science degree from the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis University in Denver and earned her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.  To learn more overall, please see her professional profile on LinkedIn.

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