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CCHF is organized as an independent 501(c)3 national, non-profit, health policy organization.

It was co-founded by CCHF president Twila Brase, RN, PHN and Chairman Emeritus Martin Kellogg and incorporated by the State of Minnesota on August 10, 1998.

In October 2010, the organization’s name was changed from Citizens’ Council on Health Care (CCHC) to Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).

For over two decades, CCHF has been a powerful force in promoting the mission of health freedom by providing useful resources, policy research, and unique initiatives. CCHF monitors Congress and state legislatures and testifies on proposed legislation.

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The Mission of CCHF

CCHF exists to protect patient and doctor freedom.

Recognized as the leading free-market voice for patient-centered care and medical privacy rights, CCHF’s primary focus is health care policy, with an emphasis on freedom and free-market principles.

For over two decades, CCHF has been a powerful force in promoting the mission of health freedom by providing useful resources, policy research, and unique initiatives. CCHF also monitors Congress and state legislatures, and testifies on proposed legislation.

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CCHF Staff

Twila Brase, RN, PHN
Twila Brase, RN, PHN

President & Co-founder

Karen Markowitz
Karen Markowitz

Director of Operations

Matt Flanders
Matt Flanders

Legislative and Policy Director

Kristin Matheny, MPA
Kristin Matheny, MPA

Communications Specialist

Stephanie Auran
Stephanie Auran

Donor Relations Manager

Kelly Zahara
Kelly Zahara

Executive Assistant to the President

Officers and Board of Directors

Twila Brase, RN, PHN

President & Co-founder

Public Health Nurse

Wayne King

Chair

Twin Oaks Realty

Kay Nickelson, RN

Treasurer

Registered Nurse

Mike Melnychuk

Vice-Treasurer

Founder – HR Simplified, Inc.
Nigel Clemonds

Secretary

Senior Project Consultant

Saga Stevin

Director

Founder – Floridian Future

Mary Aszmann

Director

Electrical Engineer
Marketing and PR 
Keith Meyer

Director

Former CFO of Cemstone Products
Company and Twin City Concrete Materials – Retired 
Jeremy Munson

Director

Business Analyst,
Former MN State Representative 

In Memory Of Martin N. Kellogg

Martin N. Kellogg, who co-founded CCHF with Twila Brase, passed away on March 21, 2019. We honor his memory and appreciate all he did to make CCHF the powerful force for patient and doctor freedom that it is today.

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