Team Profiles

Steven Lutzky, PhD, President

Steven Lutzky has extensive experience designing, implementing and evaluating home and community-based systems for older adults, individuals with disabilities and long-term illness for the federal government, states, and private sector clients.


He served as the Director of Division for Advocacy and Special Issues (DASI), within the Disabled and Elderly Health Program Group, Center for Medicaid and State Operations (CMSO), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


Steve has also served as the Chief of the Office on Disabilities and Aging within the District of Columbia's Medical Assistance Administration and was a Senior Manager with The Lewin Group.


He received his doctorate in Gerontology and Public Policy from the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology.

Andrew Cieslinski, Associate

Andrew Cieslinski has extensive experience with assessment tool development, federal financial participation (FFP), policy/waiver analysis and development, stakeholder interactions, literature reviews, and grant writing.


Andrew has supported waiver development, developed assessment instruments,conducted policy analysis, provided IT support, managed pilot efforts, and conducted research for clients in Texas, Oregon, Nebraska, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Alaska. He received his Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan.


Prior to joining the HCBS Strategies team, Andrew worked as a clinical research assistant at the University of Michigan’s Institute of Gerontology. He also has experience working as a lead resident care provider in an adolescent residential psychiatric facility and as a resident aide at an assisted living facility.

Kristy W. Michael, Consultant

Kristy Michael has extensive project management, meeting logistics, product development, marketing, and grant writing experience. She has conducted statistical data analysis, database creation, policy analysis, and research and literature reviews. She also has extensive experience working with fiscal management services (FMS) to enhance operations.


Prior to joining HCBS Strategies as a consultant, she managed the development and implementation of projects for nonprofit organizations at a knowledge management software company.

Kathy Koontz, R.N., Consultant

Kathy Koontz has over 30 years of health care experience in both the public and private sectors. Her areas of specialty are in analyzing and redesigning systems of care, project management, program development, implementation and evaluation.


She has extensive experience in performance & quality improvement, Medicaid managed care, home and community based waiver and special needs populations, and children's mental health systems.

Shirley Patterson York, Consultant

Shirley York specializes in the human services areas of policy development, funding and reimbursement, service planning and delivery, financial/operational management, quality initiatives, and organizational leadership/governance.


She has over 30 years of experience in human services. Prior to her consultancy, she held a 10-year tenure as Director for Disability Services and HIV/AIDS at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

Sutep Laohavanich, Consultant

Sutep Laohavanich conducts policy and fiscal analysis, systems/process and quality management development, and IT consultation in the areas of home and community-based systems. He has also held roles in the areas of management information systems.


He has Masters of Science in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology.