Jim Hester, Ph.D., is the director of the Health Care Reform Commission for the Vermont State Legislature. The commission is charged with overseeing implementation of comprehensive health reform legislation passed in 2006 and recommending a long-term strategy to ensure that all Vermonters have access to affordable, quality health care. Dr. Hester has 35 years' experience in the health care field, and has held senior management positions with MVP Healthcare in Vermont, ChoiceCare in Cincinnati, Pilgrim Health Care in Boston, and Tufts–New England Medical Center in Boston. He began his managed care career as director of applied research for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Los Angeles. Dr. Hester earned his Ph.D. in urban studies, and his master's and bachelor's degrees in aeronautics and astronautics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.