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Roberto Gonzalez Roberto Gonzalez
Medical Services International
pic Jim Pasco
Jim Pasco and Associates
Bill Pickle Bill Pickle
The Pickle Group
Jim Ramsey James L. "Jim" Ramsey
Medical Services International
Kathy Ruffalo Kathy Ruffalo
Ruffalo and Associates
Jeffery Weekly Jeffery Weekly
Capitol Health Solutions
John E. Tomlinson John E. Tomlinson
Tomlinson Strategies, LLC
Healthcare
Business Development
Roberto Gonzalez Roberto Gonzalez
Medical Services International

Roberto Gonzalez is the founder and CEO of RA Gonzalez & Associates, a Veteran Service Disabled, minority-owned small business, and a founding partner in Cornerstone Associates LLC. In these positions, he serves as the link for client management, government affairs, public relations, and is coordinator for certain business development efforts. Mr. Gonzalez has over 35 years of management experience in the health care (sector) industry - both public and private; national and international. Among his clients are Fortune 100 companies, such as McKesson, MITRE, Apria/CORMA, Aetna, Humana, HealthNet Federal Services, SAP and EMC2.


During the past 20 years Mr. Gonzalez has coordinated large-scale projects involving state and local governments to support new federal and state funded initiatives. Programs include TRICARE, State National Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare and Medicaid Managed Care program for clients, including leading Academic Institutions and Universities’ Medical schools.


Working with the government of Puerto Ricoand private healthcare sector companies and academic health institutions, under the President’s Affordable Care Act and other Health Reform initiatives for health informatics, he has been successful in delivering over $30 million in grants from the office of the National Coordinator at CMS. For example, Mr. Gonzalez has engaged in…

  • Aa health analysis of the residents of Vieques, related to the effects linked to the authorized test-bombing of the island.
  • He has consulted on the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program demonstration projects in Puerto Rico for the Department of Defense, TRICARE management activity.
  • He assisted the TMA with the program implementation and coordination, beneficiary orientation, education and enrollment, as well as with public and government relations.
  • Working with Humana Federal Service, he orchestrated the requirements and governmental affairs strategy for a winning bid for the TRICARE overseas for active duty and family members managed care contract for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

He has consulted on several projects for clients requiring public and government relations, business development and marketing with the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal government agencies. Developed formal business alliances with leading private sector companies to enhance capabilities and maximize resources in pursuing large healthcare contracts and e-business solutions within the healthcare sector and with Institutions of higher learning, i.e. Medical schools and Universities. Responsible for the design and development of special educational programs in support of the National Guard and Youth programs in area of English-language proficiencies and continuing education and career development.

Mr. Gonzalez is a retired U.S. Army.Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Services Corp. Among his assignments… Military Assistant and Senior Advisor for two Assistant Secretaries of Defense for Health Affairs; positions within joint military medical operations, health care recruiting, planning and training; and engagements in multiple international assistance programs and interagency collaborative projects.
He currently divides his time between Washington D.C. and Texas.

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Legislative and Media Affairs
Business Development
Jim Pasco Jim Pasco
Jim Pasco & Associates

Jim Pasco is a legislative and media consultant with over 28 years of experience within the federal government.

In addition to being the principal partner of a consulting firm, Mr. Pasco is the Executive Director of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) - with over 324,000 members, it is the oldest and largest police organization in the United States. In this position, Mr. Pasco is responsible for all operations of the Washington DC office including all legislative initiatives and oversight of programs/policies that impact police officers across the country.

Mr. Pasco began his federal career with the United States Customs Service in 1968. In 1970, he joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). During his tenure with ATF, he ascended to the Senior Executive Service, and held a number of key managerial positions, including Chief, Procedures Branch; Chief, Strategic Planning; and Chief, Alcohol Import-Export Branch. Mr. Pasco retired from the ATF in 1995 after serving 11 years as the Assistant Director for Congressional and Media Affairs.

As the principal partner in Jim Pasco and Associates, he works directly with various private and public sector clients - assisting with the development and implementation of their legislative and Executive Branch strategies.

At the request of the President, he served on the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee. He has been appointed to numerous boards and committees, including a Presidential appointment to the Federal Salary Council; the United States Marshals Service Advisory Board on Judicial Security; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Civilian Police International Board of Advisors.

Jim Pasco served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967.

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Government Affairs
Business Development
Bill Pickle
The Pickle Group

William Pickle is a government affairs/business development consultant with over 30 years of experience at senior levels within the federal government.

Most recently, Mr. Pickle served as the 37th Sergeant at Arms (SAA) of the United States Senate. Mr. Pickle was nominated for this senior position by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and elected by the Senate in March, 2003. He was re-elected in January, 2005. In this position, Mr. Pickle served as the Senate's Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Protocol, Chief of Security; and managed over 950 Senate employees and an annual budget exceeding $200 million. As SAA, Mr. Pickle worked closely with Senators, Committees and senior Senate staff on a daily basis. In addition, as the SAA, he served as Chairman of the U.S. Capitol Police Board with direct oversight for a 2200 person police department with a budget of $300 million.

Prior to his Senate service, Mr. Pickle served in several Senior Executive Service (SES) positions within the Executive Branch. He was the first SES Director of the Transportation Security Administration where he assisted in the formation of the agency and the federalizing of the Denver International Airport in 2002. Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Labor responsible for communications, evaluations, and legislative affairs.

TThe bulk of Mr. Pickle's career was spent with the United States Secret Service where he rose steadily through the ranks from Special Agent to Senior Executive. Mr. Pickle's strong legislative background was enhanced by his appointment as Executive Assistant Director responsible for the Congressional and Legislative Affairs program of the Secret Service. Mr. Pickle served in this position from 1991 to 1998. Mr. Pickle was responsible for numerous pieces of legislation that provided new authority and significant increases in appropriations to the Secret Service.

Mr. Pickle is a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran who served with the 1st Cavalry Division in 1968-69. Among his awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, 7 Air Medals for valor, 3 Army Commendation Medals, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Mr. Pickle currently serves on the President's Medal of Valor Award Committee as well as numerous University and Corporate Boards. He is a former member of the 2004 Presidential Election Advisory Committee.

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Healthcare
Business Development
Jim Ramsey
Medical Services International

Jim Ramsey is a well-established health care management consultant with a diverse background that includes over 30 years of experience in the medical arena.

Since 1992, when he founded Medical Services International, Inc. (MSI), Mr. Ramsey has been involved in various sectors of the health care field. MSI is a management consulting firm that has a unique focus on the federal health care sector, most specifically with The Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) and The Department Of Defense (DOD). MSI has focused on new business development, marketing, creating healthcare alliances, and project design and management.

In addition, Mr. Ramsey has served as the President of two medical companies with an emphasis on design and delivery of mental health and dental healthcare services. He has represented major corporations as a business development strategist in these two distinct areas.

Mr. Ramsey retired as a Major, having served 22 years in the United States Army Medical Department with experiences ranging from a combat medic in Vietnam on MEDEVAC rescue helicopters, service as the Executive Officer for the Command Surgeon (Medical Forces Europe) and as the Army Medical Department's first TRICARE health care representative.

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Government Affairs
Business Development
Kathy Ruffalo Kathy Ruffalo
Ruffalo & Associates

Kathy Ruffalo is a government affairs consultant who has had a broad, diverse, and bi-partisan career in public policy with 16 years of experience at both federal and state levels of government. She has extensive knowledge of the legislative processes and understands the steps necessary to successfully draft, negotiate and pass critical legislation. Ms. Ruffalo has strong working relationships with Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives - including those Members in leadership positions - and Committee staff directors and other key staff.

From 1989 to 1999, Ms. Ruffalo served as a senior advisor to the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee - reporting directly to the Committee Chairman, Senator Max Baucus. She had the primary responsibility for developing, drafting and negotiating all aspects of federal surface transportation policy. During that timeframe, she worked on three major pieces of transportation legislation.

From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Ruffalo was a Senior Policy Advisor to Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne - currently the United States Secretary of the Interior. During her tenure, she was responsible for developing state policy related to transportation, economic development, international trade, adult/juvenile corrections and law enforcement.

In 2005, Ms. Ruffalo returned to Capitol Hill at the request of Congressional leaders to work on the latest transportation legislation. She has been appointed by the United States Congress to be a member of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission. Since leaving Capitol Hill, Ms. Ruffalo began a government affairs consulting practice.

She has a range of professional expertise - covering highway, transit, transportation safety, environmental and transportation tax/financing issues. Ms. Ruffalo is a 1989 graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences.

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Federal Affairs & Healthcare
Business Development
Jeffery Weekly Jeffery Weekly
Capitol Health Solutions

Jeffery Weekly is a federal affairs consultant with over 25 years of experience within the federal government and the private sector business community. He is the Founder and Principal Partner of Capitol Health Solutions, a federal affairs consulting firm specializing in federal health care policy and advocacy.

In advance of his return to Capitol Health Solutions, Mr. Weekly served as the Staff Director for the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Veteran's Affairs, Subcommitee for Health. In that capacity, he reported directly to the Chairman (Congressman Steve Buyer) and was responsible for managing all subcommittee business. In addition, he was charged with drafting legislation, exercising oversight over the Department of Veteran's Affairs health care delivery, medical research systems and health-related infrastructure.

Prior to his tenure with the Subcommittee, Mr. Weekly was Vice President for Equities with the G7 Group, Inc. In this position, Mr. Weekly provided political and legislative counsel to various Wall Street equity firms.

Mr. Weekly has an extensive background in public policy matters. He has served as the Senior Pharmaceutical Consultant to the President's Task force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation's Veterans. In addition, he has held senior staff positions with two United States Senators - the Honorable Rod Grams (R- MN) and the Honorable Spencer Abraham (R-MI).

Prior to Mr. Weekly's government service, he worked as a cardiovascular disease management specialist with Merck & Co, Inc. In that capacity he was responsible for working with leading physicians and allied health professionals to develop best practices and treatment algorithms for coronary artery disease, hypertension and congestive heart failure.

Mr. Weekly received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in 1992 and attended the University of San Diego School of Law, Georgetown University and the United States Naval War College.

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Public-Private Partnering
Business Development
John E. Tomlinson John E. Tomlinson
Tomlinson Strategies, LLC.

John Tomlinson is a principal in Tomlinson Strategies, an enterprise designed to match needs with solutions. The approach integrates lessons learned, best practices, and viable options for the client in developing a path forward for addressing an issue or advancing an initiative. Mr. Tomlinson’s more than thirty (30) years’ experience in multiple government agencies provides a proven and reliable platform for creating and maintaining relationships, to include a range of successes in coalition building and execution. His membership in Cornerstone Associates represents access to a set of professionals, with complementary skills and an established networking apparatus.

Mr. Tomlinson, in his respective positions, has engaged in multiple government and private sector entities, both domestically and abroad. The strength of Tomlinson Strategies is in its willingness to mine for solutions and opportunity, its responsiveness to clients, and an acute awareness that success must be multi-dimensional for it to be sustained. Inherent in the process is a commitment to timely communication among those with equities in the issue or initiative.

Among his professional attributes are domestic and overseas operational expertise, senior level federal and local law enforcement credentials, threat assessment and managing credentials, oral and significant written communications to include electronic and print media expertise, and well-recognized integration and coalescing skills. This Cornerstone Associate retired from the U.S. Secret Service as the Deputy Assistant Director for Government Liaison and Public Affairs, having also served in multiple protective, investigative, liaison, and Director’s staff positions. After retirement, Mr. Tomlinson functioned as the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Senior Policy Advisor on Security. He later served in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as the Senior Policy Advisor on Security, within the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response. He was a member of both the Senior Executive Service (SES) and the Senior Level Service (SLS), and held Top Secret/SCI clearances until retiring from government on June 27, 2015.

Mr. Tomlinson is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and received a Master’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He is also a National War College graduate. Among his professional affiliations are the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), the National War College Alumni Association, and the Secret Service Retired Agents Association.

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