Patricia is the former State Associate Director for AARP New Jersey and a longtime New Jersey health care policy expert. Prior to joining the Quality Institute, Patricia consulted with nonprofits working primarily in the area of patient safety and worked nationally with Consumers Union on issues of affordability, transparency and access. In 2013 she also facilitated the launch of a patient safety public-private partnership in Connecticut. As AARP New Jersey’s Associate State Director, she advocated for health care reform, long term care, financial security and consumer protection for Garden State seniors. Kelmar served on the New Jersey Department of Health’s Quality Improvement Advisory Council which advises the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and she was appointed to Governor Chris Christie’s transition team for health issues, serving with team chairman David Knowlton.