DOBI official joining NJBIA as vice president of health legal affairs

Eric Strauss//July 6, 2015//

DOBI official joining NJBIA as vice president of health legal affairs

Eric Strauss//July 6, 2015//

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The New Jersey Business & Industry Association has named a former member of the state Department of Banking and Insurance as its new vice president of health & legal affairs, replacing Christine Stearns, it announced Monday.Mary Beaumont, who had been DOBI’s director of legislation and regulation since 2010, started her new job Monday, NJBIA said in a news release.

“We are extremely happy that Mary is joining NJBIA,” Michele Siekerka, chief executive officer and president of the association, said in a prepared statement. “Her expertise in health care and her background as an attorney make her uniquely suited to represent our members before the Legislature in these two important areas.”

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Beaumont had developed DOBI’s legislative and regulatory initiatives in conjunction with the Office of the Governor, as well as managing DOBI communications with the Legislature and testifying before legislative committees. Before joining the department, she was chief counsel in the Assembly Republican Office, and has also served as lead counsel for the Office of Legislative Services.

“We welcome Mary to NJBIA with open arms,” Melanie Willoughby, chief government affairs officer for the association, said in a statement. “There are so many tough, important issues we are working on right now, particularly in health care. Mary’s expertise will be invaluable as we work with the Senate and Assembly on issues that will impact the state’s economic climate and the bottom lines of our members.”

Stearns left NJBIA in February after 11 years with the organization, joining the government affairs practice at the Gibbons law firm in Newark.


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