Cynthia Pernice joined the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) in 1996 as a policy analyst and has served as project manager of NASHP's SCHIP Implementation Center since November of 1998. In her current position, Cynthia manages the day-to-day operations of the Implementation Center, working closely with SCHIP directors and their staffs across the country. Cynthia serves as lead author of Charting SCHIP, NASHP's biennial report of its national survey of SCHIP programs. She has also been instrumental in the development of the SCHIP annual report framework, a tool approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and used by states to complete their annual reports to the federal government. Cynthia holds a B.A. in political science from Keene (NH) State College and a master's of public administration from the University of Maine.