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John Naylor

President and CEO, Medica

John Naylor is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Medica. He also is a member of the board of directors of Medica Holding Company (MHC), which oversees Medica's family of businesses, which includes Medica Health Plans, Medica Health Plans of Wisconsin, Medica Insurance Company, Medica Self-Insured and Medica Health Management, LLC, as well as the Medica Foundation. He joined the company in 2010 and became President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017.

Mr. Naylor has more than 30 years of industry experience. Mr. Naylor previously was Senior Vice President, Commercial Markets, Medica's largest business unit. Under his leadership, Commercial Markets achieved record highs in membership growth and developed a number of industry-first innovations, including accountable care organization products in partnership with several health care systems.

Prior to joining Medica, Mr. Naylor spent 21 years at Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin). For more than a decade, he served as the market leader for the Towers Perrin Minneapolis office and Managing Director for the U.S. Central Region, with responsibility for all aspects of selling and providing service to clients across the company's human resources consulting practice.

Mr. Naylor is a passionate volunteer and a board member of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

 

 

Lynn Altmann

Vice President, Human Resources

Lynn Altmann is responsible for human resources, learning and facilities management, including building security, hospitality and office services.  She reports to the CEO and is the executive representative to the Personnel & Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. She came to Medica in 2000. Lynn has served in various leadership roles throughout Medica and has been a part of the officer team for more than 11 years. Previously at Medica, she was the Vice President of Talent Management, and held leadership roles in Medica's Contact Centers and Operations.  She also was the VP, Executive Lead for Health Care Reform with responsibility for ensuring organizational readiness for the rollout of the ACA.

Before joining Medica, Lynn held positions at Optum, Lutheran Social Services and North Central College and Kishwaukee Community College. Lynn has a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology and a Master's Degree in Child and Family Studies from Northern Illinois University. 

Mark Baird

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark Baird is responsible for the overall financial management of Medica’s business operations and investment activities. His accountabilities include finance, actuarial, healthcare economics, internal audit, and treasury. Mr. Baird joined the company in November 2000 and has served in a variety of financial executive roles at Medica. He has over 25 years of healthcare and insurance industry financial experience. Prior to joining Medica, Mr. Baird was Chief Financial Officer of IHC Health Plans (now SelectHealth) based in Utah. He is the executive representative to the Finance & Investment Committee and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Baird holds a Masters in Business Administration from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

Geoff Bartsh

Vice President and General Manager, Individual and Family Business

Geoff Bartsh is responsible for all aspects of the Individual and Family Business segment, both financial and operational. This includes responsibility for profit and loss, sales, marketing, billing, enrollment, service and claims. Medica sells individual products on and off the exchange in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Previously at Medica, Mr. Bartsh was vice president and general manager for Minnesota State Health Care Programs at Medica. Before that, he was vice president of public policy, a role in which he worked on major legislative issues including the Affordable Care Act.

Paul Crowley

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Markets

Paul Crowley leads Medica's employer-based business segment with responsibility for customer retention & growth, product development, underwriting and partnerships with brokers and consultants. He serves on Medica's executive leadership team and collaborates across the organization to develop and deliver innovative and cost effective health plan solutions for Commercial customers and members.

Paul has nearly 20 years of experience in the health benefits industry. Prior to joining Medica, he held sales and consulting positions in the Chicago offices of Cigna and in the Boston offices of Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin) and Aon Hewitt.

Paul received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim Jacobson

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Jim Jacobson is Senior Vice President and General Counsel with responsibility for Medica's legal affairs, compliance, government relations and public policy. Before joining Medica, Mr. Jacobson served as chief deputy county attorney (civil division) in the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

From 1987 to 2000, he served in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. Among others, Mr. Jacobson held the positions of manager, health licensing, which included serving as general counsel to the Board of Medical Practice, and manager, commerce division, supervising legal services provided to the Department of Commerce. Before joining the Attorney General's Office, Mr. Jacobson clerked for a federal district judge in Cleveland.

Mr. Jacobson earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, while serving as contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Northwestern University.

Tom Lindquist

Senior Vice President, Government Programs

Tom Lindquist is responsible for directing the strategic development, customer service and operations of all of Medica's state and federal government-related (Medicaid and Medicare) products. This includes accountability for profit and loss, product development, operations, member service and compliance for the business segments. Mr. Lindquist also is responsible for the organization's relationship with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Before joining Medica, Mr. Lindquist held executive positions with UnitedHealth Group and served as served as a health insurance industry liaison to the Congressional Budget Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Rob Longendyke

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Rob Longendyke is responsible for marketing, public relations, communications and strategic planning, and is the executive director of the Medica Foundation. He is a member of the senior and all-officer teams as well as the executive staff representative to the Community Affairs Committee of the Board of Directors. A senior communications executive with more than 20 years in the field, he has worked with four Fortune 500 companies in four different business sectors.

Before joining Medica, he was vice president of Communications for Honeywell Home and Building Controls. Mr. Longendyke is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, an organization of senior public relations professionals from large companies.

 

Lori Nelson

Senior Vice President, Provider Strategy and Network Management

Lori Nelson directs all provider network management, provider relations and contracting activities. This includes the development of financially sound contracting arrangements (risk/value-based) that deliver value for members, providers and Medica. She also is charged with driving ongoing provider contracts and relationships that improve both the clinical and quality performance of the network while supporting market expansion into new geographies.

Lori has more than 23 years of health care experience that encompasses all aspects of provider contracting, finance and operations. Most recently, Nelson was chief operating officer at Buckeye Health Plan in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, she was vice president of provider relations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. And, before that, she worked on the provider side as director of managed care contracts at Fairview. Lori began her career in provider network-related operations at Medica as a manager, then director, of provider contracting.

Lori is a native Minnesotan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, along with a Master of Science degree in Finance and Contracting from the University of St. Thomas.

Tim Thull

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Tim Thull is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for developing and directing the strategy and delivery of information technology to support Medica's business goals and objectives.

Mr. Thull joined the organization in 2001 and has served in various leadership roles within Information Technology. He has over 15 years of Information Technology and Healthcare industry experience in technology consulting and with McKesson Corporation and Fiserv, Inc. He is the executive representative to the Technology Committee of the Board of Directors and is a current board member for the Medica Research Institute and former board member for the Minnesota Health Information Exchange. Mr. Thull holds A Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College.

 

John Buck

CEO, Whitefish Ventures

John Buck, the Chair of Medica's Board of Directors and the Medica Foundation Board of Directors, joined the Board in 2001 and serves on Medica's Audit, Community & Public Affairs, Finance, Governance, and Technology Committees. Mr. Buck is Chief Executive Officer of Whitefish Ventures, which provides financial services and general business expertise to other companies. Mr. Buck's previous business experience includes serving as President and Chief Operating Officer at Fingerhut Companies; Vice President of Administration at Alliant Techsystems; and Vice President of Administration at Honeywell, Inc. Mr. Buck previously served as Chairman of the Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and currently serves on the board of Patterson Companies, Inc.

Mr. Buck supports several charities in the Minneapolis and Naples areas, including the United Way Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is a member of the Halo Innovations Board of Directors, which develops products to prevent SIDS. Mr. Buck is also a member of the Naples Education Foundation.

 

Rajesh Aggarwal, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University

Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal joined the Medica Board in 2008 and serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Personnel & Compensation and the Technology Committees. Dr. Aggarwal is currently a professor of finance at Northeastern University. He previously served as associate professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Virginia, University of Michigan and Dartmouth College. His areas of expertise include corporate governance, corporate finance and corporate valuation. He has an extensive background in the economics of organizations and has conducted research on bankruptcy, executive compensation, boards of directors, performance evaluation, and fraud.

A frequent author and presenter, Dr. Aggarwal has co-authored articles on such subjects as performance incentives, the diversification of firms and investment financing. In 2002, he received the MBA Elective Lecturer of the Year award from the Said Business School at Oxford University, and in 2006 and 2007 was named Most Outstanding Full-time MBA Elective Faculty Member by the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.

Peter Kelly, M.D.

Vice President and Executive Medical Director, Surgery Division, HealthEast Care System

Dr. Peter Kelly joined the Medica Board in 2001 and serves as Chair of the Medical Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee and Personnel & Compensation Committee. Dr. Kelly practices general, Bariatric surgery as a member of HealthEast Surgery, formerly St. Paul Surgeons. He has served as Chief of Surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and at HealthEast, served as Chair of the Surgery Department at Divine Redeemer Hospital and St. John's Hospital, and served as Chief of Staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and as President of HealthEast Medical Staff. He also served as President of the Ramsey County Medical Society and is active in numerous professional associations. Dr. Kelly also has served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota and has authored several articles for medical journals. Most recently he has accepted a position as VP/Executive Medical Director of the Surgery Division at HealthEast.

Dr. Kelly has been involved in numerous community activities, in addition to his service in medical organizations. He and his wife make annual trips to Guatemala to provide medical/surgical care to the native population there.

Samuel Leon, M.D.

Physician, Minnesota Gastroenterology, P.A.

Dr. Samuel Leon joined the Medica Board in 2001 and serves as Chair of the Community & Public Affairs Committee and as a member of the Audit and Medical Committees. Dr. Leon also serves on the Medica Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Leon previously served as President of Minnesota Gastroenterology, Chief of the Department of Medicine at Methodist Hospital and as Medical Director of the Endoscopy Department at Methodist Hospital. He also has served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota - School of Medicine and has authored several articles in medical journals.

Dr. Leon currently serves on the Board of Minnesota Gastroenterology, P.A. and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Fairview Physicians Association.

Judge John M. Stanoch

Retired Hennepin County District Court Judge

John Stanoch joined the Medica Board in 2014 and serves as Chair of the Governance Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee and Personnel and Compensation Committee. Judge Stanoch previously served as President of Qwest Communications in Minnesota and North Dakota, as Minnesota's Chief Deputy Attorney General, and as a Hennepin County District Court Judge. Prior to his retirement in 2016 he was President and CEO of Ronald McDonald Hour Charities of the Upper Midwest. He has also served as a Senior Judge in the Minnesota State Court system.

Judge Stanoch has been active in a wide range of community and professional organizations and currently serves on the boards of AchieveMpls, Summit Academy OIC, the Minnesota Council of Churches Foundation, and as board chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Political Science Department Board of Visitors. He has also served in the past as Chair of the Science Museum of Minnesota Board of Trustees, Chair of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, President of the Minnesota District Judges Association, and on the board of the Minnesota Business Partnership.

Earl D. Stratton

Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer,
TCF Financial Corporation

Earl Stratton joined the Medica Board in 2009 as a Consumer Director and serves as Chair of the Personnel & Compensation Committee and also as a member of the Finance Committee and the Technology Committee. Prior to his retirement in 2015, Mr. Stratton served as Chief Information Officer for TCF Financial Corporation which is headquartered in Wayzata, Minnesota. Mr. Stratton had been with TCF since 1985 and prior to that worked at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio for 15 years

Mr. Stratton supports several charities in the Minneapolis area including Hope for the City, March of Dimes, Memorial Blood Centers, and Breast Cancer Research. He previously served on the Board of Directors of TCF National Bank headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and C Financial Corporation, an Ohio Bank Holding Company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

John Naylor

President and CEO, Medica

John Naylor is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Medica. He also is a member of the board of directors of Medica Holding Company (MHC), which oversees Medica's family of businesses, which includes Medica Health Plans, Medica Health Plans of Wisconsin, Medica Insurance Company, Medica Self-Insured and Medica Health Management, LLC, as well as the Medica Foundation and the Medica Research Institute. He joined the company in 2010 and became President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017.

Mr. Naylor has more than 30 years of industry experience. Mr. Naylor previously was Senior Vice President, Commercial Markets, Medica's largest business unit. Under his leadership, Commercial Markets achieved record highs in membership growth and developed a number of industry-first innovations, including accountable care organization products in partnership with several health care systems.

Prior to joining Medica, Mr. Naylor spent 21 years at Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin). For more than a decade, he served as the market leader for the Towers Perrin Minneapolis office and Managing Director for the U.S. Central Region, with responsibility for all aspects of selling and providing service to clients across the company's human resources consulting practice.

Mr. Naylor is a passionate volunteer and a board member of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

Judge Esther Tomljanovich

Retired Associate Supreme Court Justice

Justice Esther Tomljanovich joined Medica's Board in 2001 and has served as a Consumer Director since June 2002. Justice Tomljanovich serves on the Community & Public Affairs, Governance, and Medical Committees. She also serves on the Medica Foundation Board of Directors. She previously served the State of Minnesota as a Supreme Court Justice from 1990 to 1998 and as a trial judge from 1977 to 1990. Before earning her law degree, Justice Tomljanovich spent seven years working for Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 2007, Academy of Trial Lawyers presented Justice Tomljanovich with its Distinguished Jurist Award.

Justice Tomljanovich has held leadership positions in numerous public, community and non-profit organizations, including serving on the Board of Trustees of the William Mitchell College of Law and chairing the Governor's Judicial Selection Committee. She was a founding member of Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Mary Twinem

Retired, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

Mary Twinem joined the Medica Board in 2015 and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Finance and Medical Committees. Prior to her retirement in 2016, Ms. Twinem served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously, Ms. Twinem served as Controller of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. from January 1995 to July 1996, and as a director of the company from June 2002 to September 2003. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Finance/Controller of Dahlberg, Inc., from 1989 to December 1994.

Ms. Twinem began her career in public accounting and holds an inactive CPA license. She serves on the boards of the Valvoline, Inc., a publicly-held company, and Mendota Holdings, Inc.

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