NIHCM Foundation Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
J. Bradley Wilson
President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; former President and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; former General Counsel to Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. of North Carolina; former practicing attorney with a Juris Doctorate degree from Wake Forest University School of Law; also holds a BA degree from Appalachian State University and an MA from Duke University; serves on the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University School of Law, as well as several other boards of directors.
Vice-Chairman of the Board
Chairman and CEO, Florida Blue; former President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; former Senior Vice President, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; formerly served in leadership positions with Prudential Insurance Company. Former advisory panel member, Deloitte Center for Health Care Solutions; former chair, American Conference on Diversity. A graduate of Colgate University, he is a frequent speaker on a range of health care topics.
Board of Directors
H.R. Brereton (Gubby) Barlow
President and CEO, Premera Blue Cross comprised of Blue Cross of Washington & Alaska and Medical Services Corporation of Eastern Washington; former COO, Premera Blue Cross; former CFO, AHI Healthcare Systems, Inc.; former CFO, Health Net, a subsidiary of Health Systems International; former partner, Deloitte & Touche.
President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; former EVP, Health Care Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; served on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Special Commission on the Health Care Payment System; former President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation; former EVP, Massachusetts Hospital Association; former Massachusetts Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.
John D. Forsyth
Chairman and CEO, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield; former president and CEO, Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Hospitals, and Director of Medical Center Personnel for the University of Michigan Health System; board member, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Inter-Plan Programs Committee; member, BCBSA Health Policy and Legislation Committee and District X Plan President's Group; chair of the board and executive committee for 2001, Greater Des Moines Partnership; chair of the board and executive committee for 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, United Way of Central Iowa; President, Federation of Iowa Insurers for 2001 and 2002; chair, Investment Committee, Association of American Medical Colleges; member, board of directors of Des Moines Development Corporation, Greater Des Moines Committee, Choose Des Moines Committee, Iowa Business Council, Health Services Foundation Board of Directors, and Society of Health Service Administrators; president and treasurer of the Michigan Health Corporation; chair of the M-CARE Board of Directors; member of the Administrative Board of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals, COTH representative to the AAMC Assembly and chair of the AAMC Investment Committee.
William M. Gracey
President, CEO and former COO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; former Executive Vice President and COO, LIfepoint Hospitals; extensive board service and professional memberships including American College of Healthcare Executives, Federation of American Hospitals and the Tennessee Hospital Association. Bachelor's degree, University of Texas; Master's degree in health care administration, Trinity University (San Antonio).
Michael J. Guyette
President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; former President, Southeast Region at AETNA; former Senior Vice President, Diversified Business Unit, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida; former Senior Vice President, BlueCross BlueShield of Florida; former Vice President of Sales, former General Manager, AmeriHealth of Texas; former Director of Sales, Prudential Healthcare.
W. David Helms, PhD
Director, LMI Center for Health Reform; former President and CEO, AcademyHealth; senior advisor, National Health Policy Conference; senior advisor, The Robert Wood Johnson's State Coverage Initiatives Program; senior advisor, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality User Liaison Program; President and CEO, Coalition for Health Services; founder and former president, Alpha Center.
Patricia Hemingway Hall
President and CEO, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC); former Executive Vice President, former Chief Operating Officer, HCSC; former President, former Chief Operating Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas; holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Michigan State University and a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan.
Robert A. Marino
Chairman, President and CEO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. A Rutgers University graduate, he began his career at Blue Shield of New Jersey, as the company was then known, 38 years ago. He spent several years at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in New York City, where he served as Assistant Vice President of Professional Benefits Administration and Vice President of National Accounts. He returned to Horizon BCBSNJ and, in 1997, became Senior Vice President of Market Business Units. In 2008 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, a role in which he oversaw all operations, including the service, healthcare management, information technology, and sales divisions of the company.
President and CEO, HealthNow New York Inc., d/b/a BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and BlueShield of Northeastern New York; former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, HealthNow New York Inc.; former Vice President and General Counsel, America's Health Insurance Plans; former labor counsel, Humana, Inc.; former general counsel, Group Health Association, Inc.; board member, BlueCross Blue Shield Association; director, Buffalo Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; chair, National Conference for Community and Justice of Western New York, Inc.; member, Council of Buffalo State College; trustee, Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
David S. Pankau
President and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; former COO, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; former president, BlueCross BlueShield insurance division; former president, BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina; previously with the State of South Carolina’s Health and Human Services Finance Commission; is serving or has served on the boards of directors of Healthy Learners, Junior Achievement, the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, and Saint Lawrence Place; member of the Executive Committee of the Columbia Heart Association; holds a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina School of Public Health.
Joseph R. Swedish
Chief Executive Officer, Wellpoint, Inc.; former President and Chief Executive Office, Trinity Health; former President and Chief Executive Officer, Centura Health; former President, East Florida and Central Florida Divisions for the Hospital Corporation of America; board member, the Catholic Health Association, the National Center of Healthcare Leadership, and several other boards; chair of the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management; fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives
President and CEO, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield; former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. With Arkansas BCBS since 1970, formerly Chairman, Arkansas Life & Disability Insurance Guaranty Association and Vice Chairman of Arkansas Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool. Serves on board of directors of USAble Corporation, USAble Life, HMO Partners, Baptist Health Foundation, Little Rock Club, Life and Specialty Ventures, LLC, and Pinnacle Business Solutions, Inc. He is a graduate of Hendrix College and received his CPA designation in 1972.
William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Highmark, Inc.; board director, Athenahealth; board director, Capgemini Government Solutions; board director, Bob Woodruff Foundation; Chairman, C-Change; former board director, Logistics Health Inc.; Founder, former chairman, Winkenwerder Company LLC; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; former Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for Southern Operations, Prudential Healthcare; former Associate Vice President for Health Affairs, Vice President, Emory Healthcare, Emory University; former Vice Chairman Office of CEO and Executive Vice President, Health Care Services at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.