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Leadership

Our national leadership coordinates policy among our state organizations. It ensures that the national resources and medical knowledge of UnitedHealthcare reach our Medicaid members, and that the business efficiencies we've developed reach our state partners.

Austin Pittman

Austin Pittman

CEO

Austin Pittman is the chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). He leads the nation’s largest health benefits company delivering quality health care at an affordable cost for 25 state governments that represent more than four million individuals, including more than two million children. Prior to being named CEO at UnitedHealthcare Community & State, Austin was President of UnitedHealthcare Networks (UHN). Austin and his UHN team created focused high-performing provider care networks ready to support the largest expansion of health coverage in our lifetime. Austin also served as Chief Growth Officer for UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, the largest business division within UnitedHealth Group. He was appointed to that role in 2009 following several years of successful leadership positions within UnitedHealthcare’s local markets as health plan CEO of North and South Carolina and President of Texas and Oklahoma. Austin has worked in the health care industry for more than 20 years, having begun his career working in various roles for both a community-based behavioral health facility and Baylor Health Care System. Austin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, a Master of Science in Business/Human Relations from Amberton University in Dallas, and a Master of Health Care Delivery Science program from Dartmouth College. Austin also served in the United States Marine Corps.


Shawna Gisch

Shawna Gisch

Chief of Staff

Shawna Gisch is the Chief of Staff for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Prior to this role, she worked for UnitedHealth Group’s information and technology-enabled health services business, Optum. During her time at Optum, Shawna most recently served as the Vice President of Medicaid Population Health Management for the Consumer Solutions Group.


Paul Balthazor

Paul Balthazor

Chief Operations Officer

Paul Balthazor was named Chief Operation Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State in June, 2015. Prior to this role, he served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Network Strategy and Administration, and also served in a number of finance, operational and network leadership roles.


Lisa Iverson

Lisa Iverson

Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Iverson is the Chief Financial Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Prior to this role, she served as Chief of Staff for the business. Lisa joined UnitedHealth Group in 2002 in a finance role and has leadership experience in three of the four UnitedHealthcare business segments.


Sue Schick

Sue Schick

Chief Growth Officer

Sue Schick is the Chief Growth Officer at UnitedHealthcare Community & State and is responsible for designing and building innovative strategies to support government customers and help our members live healthier lives. Prior to this role, Sue was the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania and before that she held a variety of business development leadership positions, including National Vice President of Distribution Strategies and Regional Vice President of Sales. She joined UnitedHealthcare over ten years ago and has over 25 years of leadership experience in the health and employee benefits industry.


Bror Hultgren

Bror Hultgren

Chief Executive Officer — TeamMD

Bror Hultgren is the CEO of TeamMD – a newly designed physician practice organization within UnitedHealth Group. TeamMD helps the aged and elderly with limited resources retain their independence as they age. In addition to his role, Bror is also a key leader within Community & State where he is developing a scalable structure to support the markets in managing the complex and emerging lines of business resulting in enhanced end-to-end accountability across the organization. Prior to these roles, he served as the Regional CEO of Community & State’s Central Region for three years. Before to his appointment to the Central Region CEO role, Bror was tasked with aligning the Medicaid Long Term Care and Dual SNP plans with Community and State and in this role created and led the Complex Care Product team.


Steven Cragle

Steven Cragle

Chief Marketing Officer

Steven Cragle is Chief Marketing Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community & State where he leads the marketing, public relations, and internal communications teams. Prior to this role, Steve served as Vice President of Global Communications at Merck, an American pharmaceutical company located in New Jersey. With nearly 25 years of experience, Steve has a strong background in corporate and business marketing and strategy, relationship management, government, and health care where he forged connections between ideas, products and services.


Jacqui Barton

Jacqui Barton

Vice President Human Capital

Jacqui Barton has led the Human Capital team at UnitedHealthcare Community & State since 2010. Prior to this role, she was the Senior Human Capital Partner for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement Operations since July of 2009. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, she was the Managing Director of Human Capital for Northwest Airlines, where she served for 16 years.


Heather Cianfrocco

Heather Cianfrocco

Northeast Region CEO

Heather Cianfrocco was named to her current position in March 2012 and, prior to that served as President of the Pennsylvania plan since 2010. Heather has a long and diverse history with UnitedHealthcare, including more than 12 years serving in leadership positions in legal, compliance, operations, and contracting areas. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, she worked in private legal practice at various law firms in Pittsburgh, where she concentrated her practice in corporate and securities law and represented health care entities in mergers and acquisitions.


John Lovelady

John Lovelady

Southeast Region CEO

John Lovelady serves as the Southeast Region CEO for UnitedHealthcare Community & State which includes Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Prior to this role he was responsible for UnitedHealthcare’s relationship with care delivery providers, which encompasses commercial, Medicare and Medicaid businesses. John joined UnitedHealthcare in 2005 as vice president of network management for the Texas and Oklahoma markets where he oversaw networks, provider service and aspects of the PacifiCare acquisition.


Yasmine Winkler

Yasmine Winkler

Central Region CEO

Yasmine Winkler is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Region of UnitedHealthcare Community & State. She is also the leader of the innovation delivery model for Community & State, where we are expanding to a holistic set of social services including housing, education, transportation, nutrition and health care. Prior to taking on these roles in February 2015, Yasmine was the Chief Marketing, Product and Innovation Officer for Employer & Individual, another division of UnitedHealthcare.


Jeri Jones

Jeri Jones

West Region CEO

Jeri Jones serves as the West Region CEO for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. She previously served as CEO of West Region for UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual. Prior to this role, Jeri held the position of the West Region Chief of Staff for Employer & Individual, where she was an integral member of the leadership team. Jeri joined UnitedHealthcare in 1999 and has held a variety of positions in Employer & Individual, including as Vice President of Network, Chief Operating Officer of Colorado, Executive Director of New Mexico, Chief Operating Officer of the Southwest Region and National Senior Vice President of Key Accounts.


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Kelly Simonson

Kelly Simonson

Vice President of Medicaid Operations

Health Plan of Nevada

Kelly Simonson, vice President of Medicaid Operations for Health Plan of Nevada, a United Healthcare Company, has managed the Plan's Medicaid business since May 1998. Kelly Simonson is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Kelly received a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Saint Francis. She is a board member of the Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition.

Doug Bowes

Doug Bowes

CEO

Washington Health Plan

Doug Bowes has been CEO of Washington’s plan since it launched in July 2012. He joined UnitedHealthcare Community Plan after more than 20 years of industry experience in specialty managed healthcare, and behavioral health. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Doug spent the past 14 year at Magellan Health Care. He has a master's degree in social work from New York University.

Allison Young

Allison Young

CEO

Louisiana Community Plan

Allison joined UnitedHealthcare in April 2016, bringing a legacy of strong leadership in the local market and a solid working relationship with the State of Louisiana. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, she served as Senior Vice President of Benefits for Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Louisiana, where she was responsible for a staff of over 1,000 including Claims, Customer Service and Membership, the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP), and Adjustments and Coordination of Benefits. Allison has a strong background in Acquisition Integration, IT Compliance, Business Transformation, Implementation and Data Center Outsource/Relocation. She has also previously served as the Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Applications and Development Support and Vice President of Information Technology at Cendant Corporation. Allison currently serves on the Board of Directors for Young Leaders Academy, Southern University Foundation, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and is on the Advisory Board of Women Business Leaders in Healthcare. She has served on the Executive Support Team for American Heart Association Go Red for Women and has been a part of the American Heart Association Circle of Red. She was named “One of the Most Powerful Women in the South” by Forbes Magazine 2011 and 2012. Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in Medford, MA.

Rita Johnson-Mills

Rita Johnson-Mills

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee

Rita Johnson-Mills has been appointed CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee effective July 2014. The state-wide plan currently services 600,000 Medicaid and Medicare members, providing health coverage for physical health, long term care and behavioral health programs. Prior to these roles, Rita served on the executive team of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, one of the country’s largest Medicaid managed care companies, where she oversaw the Business Transformation and Performance Excellence and Accountability functions for the Company. She joined UnitedHealth Group in 2008 and began her career at UnitedHealth Group as managing the Northeast Region Health Plan Operations overseeing a region of six states serving more than one million members, primarily in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs. Rita received her undergraduate degree from Lincoln University – Missouri in Criminal Justice Administration and has dual Masters from Ohio State University in Labor/Human Resource Management and Public Policy and Management. Rita is also a certified UnitedHealthcare Culture Facilitator.

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter

CEO

Health Plan of Mississippi

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter is the Chief Executive Officer for United Healthcare’s Mississippi health plan. Carter received her Bachelor of Science in 1989 from Georgia Southern University and graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1995. Carter also received accreditation from the Wharton School of Business in conjunction with the UnitedHealth Group Executive Development Program.

Pat Celli

Pat Celli

CEO

New York Health Plan

Pat Celli has been CEO of the New York Health plan since 2007. Prior to that, he was President of the New Jersey Health Plan for over four years. He maintains responsibility for the management of the New York Health Plan and all key program areas, including Medical Operations, Network Management, Finance, Utilization Management, Claims Administration, Information Technology, Health Plan Operations, Quality Improvement and Integrated Case Management. Pat has a B.S. in Accounting from the St John’s University and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State.

Bernadette Di Re

Bernadette Di Re

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Massachusetts

Bernadette has been with the organization since 2011 and is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts health plan. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Bernadette was with the Neighborhood Health Plan in Massachusetts, and has more than 20 years of experience in Medicare, Medicaid, commercial and Massachusetts health reform products.

Bernadette Di Re

Bernadette Di Re

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Rhode Island

Bernadette has been with the organization since 2011 and is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts health plan. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Bernadette was with the Neighborhood Health Plan in Massachusetts, and has more than 20 years of experience in Medicare, Medicaid, commercial and Massachusetts health reform products.

Scott Waulters

Scott Waulters

CEO

New Jersey Health Plan

Scott Waulters is CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan (UHCCP) for the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In this role, he is responsible for UHCCP’s health plan operations, as well as the company’s health care management services, health care delivery systems, health care economics and customer service operations. Mr. Waulters has more than two decades of experience in managed care and health care benefits including Medicaid, Medicare, Long Term Care and Commercial operations. He joined UnitedHealthcare in 2008 as national vice president of network strategy, planning and performance overseeing network operations for 24 markets. Scott earned a B.A. degree with an emphasis in organizational psychology at California University of Pennsylvania.

Darrin Johnson

Darrin Johnson

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Delaware

Darrin is Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Delaware and directs the strategic development, growth and operations of the health plan. Prior to this role, he was Regional Vice President for marketing and field sales within Community & State, and led their growth agenda for Medicaid expansion driven by the Affordable Care Act. Darrin’s community involvement includes serving on the board of Bethany Christian Business Professionals Association, President; National Association of Health Services Executives—Delaware Valley Chapter; and as an advisory board member for the Salvation Army of Southwest New Jersey. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Temple University; a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a certification from The George Washington University School of Business for Managing Projects.

Rick Reeves

Rick Reeves

CEO

Maryland Medicaid Managed Care

Rick Reeves joined UnitedHealthcare in the fall of 2009 as Chief Operating Officer of the company’s Maryland State-Sponsored Programs and was promoted to President and CEO of the Maryland Medicaid Managed Care Organization in June 2010. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Rick served as Vice President and Account Executive to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Rick has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Simpson College in Iowa and an MBA from Drake University.

Scott Waulters

Scott Waulters

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania

Scott Waulters is CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan (UHCCP) for the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In this role, he is responsible for UHCCP’s health plan operations, as well as the company’s health care management services, health care delivery systems, health care economics and customer service operations. Mr. Waulters has more than two decades of experience in managed care and health care benefits including Medicaid, Medicare, Long Term Care and Commercial operations. He joined UnitedHealthcare in 2008 as national vice president of network strategy, planning and performance overseeing network operations for 24 markets. Scott earned a B.A. degree with an emphasis in organizational psychology at California University of Pennsylvania.

Tracy Davidson

Tracy Davidson

CEO

Ohio Health Plan

Tracy Davidson has been CEO of the Ohio Health Plan in 2011. Prior to joining Community & State, Tracy worked for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in a variety of roles. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Tracy held Network related roles at Extendicare Health Services and Holy Cross Care Services as well as served as a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist at The Ohio State University Medical Center. She holds Certificates in Clinical Competence and Case Management. Tracy lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Dennis Mouras

Dennis Mouras

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan

Dennis has been CEO of the Michigan Health Plan since July 2014. Prior to joining Community & State, he worked for Aetna, CareAdvantage, and held a variety of positions with Cigna Corporation. Dennis is a strategic leader with experience and exceptional skills in general management, business development, innovation, organizational transformation and achieving bottom-line results. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Kean University.

Pam Stahl

Pam Stahl

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin

Pam Stahl became the health plan CEO in 2014. Prior to this role, she served as Senior Vice President for Consumer Engagement in the UnitedHealthcare Office of the Consumer. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to simplify and personalize the interactions with consumers. She is the Business Owner for Advocate4Me which is a partnership with Optum to radically transform the Company’s service model. Previously, Pam served in a variety of roles including, Senior Vice President of Sales Operations and Organizational Effectiveness for the Employer and Individual business within UnitedHealthcare, led the Women’s Health Line of Service within UnitedHealth Networks, and was Senior Vice President of Marketing with responsibility for consumer, physician and ethnic marketing. Pam joined UnitedHealthcare in 2006 bringing with her 18 years of business, sales, and marketing leadership experience from companies such as Merck, AstraZeneca, American TeleCare, and Orphan Medical. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College in Biology.

Nancy Lind

Nancy Lind

Executive Director

Iowa Community Plan

Nancy Lind was named Executive Director of the Iowa Community Plan in January 2011. Nancy was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the Iowa Health Plan. She maintains responsibility for the management/oversight of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa and all key program areas, including Medical Operations, Network Management, Finance, Utilization Management, Claims Administration, Information Technology, Health Plan Operations, Quality Improvement and Integrated Case Management. Nancy has been with UnitedHealthcare (formally John Deere Health Care) since 1987.

Kathy Mallatt

Kathy Mallatt

Plan President

UnitedHealthcare Community and State, Share Advantage

Kathy Mallatt, Plan President for Nebraska and Iowa, rejoined UnitedHealthcare Community and State in June 2010. Kathy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has served on the Board for the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha. She is a member of the State of Nebraska, Medicaid Reform Council and has been recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Vision, Business/Entrepreneur.

Kathy Mallatt

Kathy Mallatt

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community and State, Share Advantage

Kathy Mallatt, Plan Chief Executive Officer for Nebraska and Iowa, rejoined UnitedHealthcare Community and State in June 2010. Kathy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has served on the Board for the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha. She is a member of the State of Nebraska, Medicaid Reform Council and has been recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Vision, Business/Entrepreneur.

Don Langer

Don Langer

CEO

Texas Health Plan

Don has been the CEO of the Texas Health Plan since March 2012. Prior to this role, he served as the president of the Connecticut and Delaware Health Plans for four years. Don joined UnitedHealth Group in 1995 and has held several senior leadership positions including chief operating officer of Community & State of New York, national vice president of program management for Community & State, and several operational positions within UnitedHealth Group. Don has a degree from the University of Connecticut and is a certified CPA.

Kevin Kandalaft

Kevin Kandalaft

CEO

Health Plan of New Mexico

Kevin joined UnitedHealthcare in September 2010 with a background in Medicaid, Medicare, and Commercial health plan leadership. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Kevin served as the Vice President of Business Process Operations for the Lovelace Health Plan in New Mexico where he led the overall health plan conversion to the Facets operating system. He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the Merage School of Management at the University of California, Irvine.

Michael Lawton

Michael Lawton

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida

Michael is Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida, the Medicaid division of UnitedHealthcare within UnitedHealth Group. The statewide plan currently serves more than 2.6 million Floridians through employer-sponsored, Medicaid and Medicare health plans. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare in 2014, Michael was Vice President of Managed Care and Network Development for the University of Florida Health. He has served for more than 15 years in various executive roles in health systems and managed care organizations. Michael has extensive experience in the Medicaid business and has operated health plans serving beneficiaries in Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri and Michigan. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Economics and Psychology and a Master of Health Administration degree from The Ohio State University.

Joseph Gaudio

Joseph Gaudio

CEO

UHC Community Plan of Arizona

Joseph is the Chief Operating Officer of UnitedHealthcare Plan of Arizona, the Medicaid division of UnitedHealthcare within UnitedHealth Group. Prior to this role, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Central Region of UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Joseph has a long history with UnitedHealthcare, having joined the company in 1999 as the Chief Financial Officer in Arizona. He also served as Vice President of Affordability for the South Region and as Chief Financial Officer for the West Region/Public Sector. He has over 20 years of diverse experience in senior leadership positions, with strong expertise in strategic financial management, reporting, budgeting, acquisition due diligence, capital financing, cash management, receivables management and healthcare benefit consulting. Joseph received his B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University, graduating magna cum laude and received his C.P.A. from the State of Arizona. Joseph also attended the Wharton School of Business and completed UnitedHealthcare President’s Leadership Development Program and the UnitedHealth Group General Manager Program.

Dave Herndon

Dave Herndon

President

Hawaii Health Plan

Bio coming soon




Tim Spilker

Tim Spilker

CEO

UnitedHealth Care Plan of Kansas

Tim Spilker is Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Member Engagement for the Company’s Medicaid business. Tim has spent his career working to improve communities and make a difference in the lives of others. He began his work experience in the nonprofit sector, and later developed and led the nonprofit business unit of a community development bank, where he served grassroots nonprofit advocacy and health organizations. He founded several nonprofits, including an organization that raises money for pediatric brain tumor research. Tim earned a B.S. degree from Northwestern University in Communications and Sociology and holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.