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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.


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.


Dr. Ana Fuentevilla

Dr. Ana Fuentevilla

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Fuentevilla is the Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State where she is responsible for the overall clinical functions of the organization. Prior to this role, Dr. Fuentevilla was the Central and West Region Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Services supporting UnitedHealthcare’s key leadership deliverables. Dr. Fuentevilla is a board member for the Arizona Medicare Directors Association, and is also a member of the Arizona Geriatric Society and National Hispanic Medical Association.


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.


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.


Dr. Jeffrey Brenner

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner

Senior Vice President, Integrated Health and Human Services

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner is the Senior Vice President of Integrated Health and Human Services at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, Dr. Brenner leads the Integrated Clinical and myConnections™ teams. The Integrated Clinical team oversees the national care management, quality, value based contracting, and clinical innovation strategy for UnitedHealthcare Community and State. myConnections™ is UnitedHealthcare’s program to help low-income individuals and families access essential social services that are the gateway to better health.


Heather Cianfrocco

Heather Cianfrocco

Senior Vice President, Integrated Clinical Strategy and Execution

Heather Cianfrocco is the Senior Vice President of Integrated Clinical Strategy and Execution for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, she oversees the Clinical Operating Team and is responsible for complex care and quality, including core clinical performance, quality improvement, complex care product performance, and network and clinical affordability. Prior to this role, Heather served in a number of leadership positions at UnitedHealthcare Community & State, including Northeast Region CEO, and CEO of the Community Plan of Pennsylvania.


Brett Edelson

Brett Edelson

Senior Vice President, Strategy

Brett Edelson is the Senior Vice President of Strategy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, Brett leads teams focused on Market & Competitive Intelligence, the Consumer Experience, Business & Strategic Planning and DSNP / Dually Eligible Populations. Prior to this role, Brett held numerous leadership positions at UnitedHealth Group and previously worked in the Strategy & Operations practice at Deloitte Consulting. Brett serves on the Board of Directors for Hennepin Health Foundation and as the Board Chair for Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of MN (West Campus).


Amy Adlington

Amy Adlington

Vice President Human Capital

Amy Adlington leads the Human Capital team at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, Amy oversees all aspects of human capital strategy and delivery including talent management, employee and leader development, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to this role, Amy served as Vice President of Human Capital at Optum for the Government and International businesses, and led the Talent Strategy, Human Capital Operations, and Knowledge & Learning teams.


Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson

Vice President, State Programs

Catherine is the Vice President of State Programs at UnitedHealthcare Community & State where she leads business development initiatives consistent with the organization’s overall strategy. Prior to this role, Catherine was Vice President of Health Policy for UnitedHealthcare Community & State and had the national responsibility for shaping the policy agenda, along with positioning UnitedHealthcare as the preeminent thought leader in state and federal health programs.


Tim Spilker

Tim Spilker

Northeast Region CEO

Tim Spilker is the Chief Executive Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community & State’s Northeast Region. This region includes Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Before accepting this role, he served as the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Tim worked in a variety of industries, including consumer products, community development banking, and nonprofit organizations.


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.


Joseph Gaudio

Joseph Gaudio

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona
214-383-0435

Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida, the Medicaid division of UnitedHealthcare within UnitedHealth Group. Prior to this role, Joe was the Chief Operating Officer for the plan of Arizona, Joe also served as 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.

Kevin Kandalaft

Kevin Kandalaft

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California
916-403-0630

Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California, the Medicaid division of UnitedHealthcare within UnitedHealth Group. Prior to this role, Kevin was the CEO of the UnitedHealthcare Community 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.

Darrin Johnson

Darrin Johnson

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Delaware
410-379-3473

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 UnitedHealthcare, 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.

Michael Lawton

Michael Lawton

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida
954-364-0800

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.

Dave Heywood

Dave Heywood

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Hawaii
808-544-8845

Dave Heywood is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Hawaii. Having been one of the first UnitedHealthcare employees in Hawaii, and helping to launch the organization’s Medicare program across the islands, Dave brings a deep and strong background in finance, government and regulatory affairs, insurance, and information systems.

Kim Foltz

Kim Foltz

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa
515-727-2030

Kim Foltz is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa. Prior to this role, Kim worked for Meridian Health Plan where she served as Director of Operations and the Interim Director of Network Development responsible for the leadership and oversight of the health plan's operations.

Kevin Sparks

Kevin Sparks

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas
913-333-4068

Kevin is Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, he served in leadership positions at Quartet, a health care technology company, Blue Cross of Kansas City, and HealthNet in Kansas City. Kevin is also a recognized leader in the community, having served on the Finance Council for the Kansas City Economic Development Council, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, and as Chairman for the New Directions Behavioral Health Board, among others.

Allison Young

Allison Young

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana

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.

Donna Carris

Donna Carris

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Maryland
401-732-7431

Donna is Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Maryland. Prior to this role, Donna served as Chief Financial Officer for the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Community Plans where she led the financial functions and provided leadership support for the Massachusetts Senior Care Options and Rhode Island Medicaid market.

Bernadette Di Re

Bernadette Di Re

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Massachusetts
781-419-8566

Bernadette is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Massachusetts. Before this role, Bernadette served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Community Plan where she led all health care operations. Bernadette brings more than 20 years of experience in Medicare, Medicaid, commercial and Massachusetts health reform products.

Dennis Mouras

Dennis Mouras

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan
248-331-4269

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.

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi
jocelyn_c_carter@uhc.com

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.

Jamie Bruce

Jamie Bruce

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Missouri
314-592-3639

Jamie is Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Missouri. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, she served as Chief Operating Officer for Aetna Better Health of Nebraska and Texas, along with holding positions as Chief Marketing Officer and Business Strategy Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Director of Regulatory Affairs for MDwise. Jamie also served on the Finance and Marketing Committees for Covering Kids and Families of Indiana.

Kathy Mallatt

Kathy Mallatt

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Nebraska
402-445-5591

Kathy Mallatt, Chief Executive Officer for Nebraska, rejoined UnitedHealthcare 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.

Kelly Simonson

Kelly Simonson

President

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Nevada
702-242-7497

Kelly is the President of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Nevada. Kelly brings with her extensive experience. Since 1998, she has managed the plan’s Medicaid business in the state, and has overseen Medicaid operations.

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Jersey
732-623-1237

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter is the Chief Executive Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Jersey. Jocelyn has served in numerous roles at UnitedHealthcare, including Chief Executive Officer for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi and Senior Associate General Counsel for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid business. She received her Bachelor of Science in 1989 from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, and graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Chuck Milligan

Chuck Milligan

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Mexico
505-449-4146

Chuck is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Mexico. Prior to this role, Charles was Senior Vice President of Government Programs at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he help lead the Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) and Medicare.

Pat Celli

Pat Celli

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York
212-898-8429

Pat Celli has been CEO of Community Plan of New York since 2007. Prior to that, he was President of the New Jersey Health Plan for more than 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.

Tracy Davidson

Tracy Davidson

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Ohio
614-410-7474

Tracy Davidson has been CEO of the Ohio Health Plan since 2011. Prior to joining the Community Plan, Tracy worked for UnitedHealthcare 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.

Allison Davenport

Allison Davenport

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania
215-231-3098

Allison is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania. Before taking this role, Allison served as Chief of Staff for the Northeast and Southeast regions utilizing her prior expertise as a Compliance Officer for the Pennsylvania Community Plan, and Executive Director for the Delaware Community Plan.

Patrice Cooper

Patrice Cooper

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island
401-732-7439

Patrice is the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island. Before taking on this role, Patrice served as Executive Director of the Rhode Island AmeriChoice Health Plan. Patrice has more than two decades of experience in Medicaid and commercial health healthcare products.

Rita Johnson-Mills

Rita Johnson-Mills

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee
952-931-5368

Rita Johnson-Mills is the CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. The state-wide plan currently services more than 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. Rita is also a certified UnitedHealthcare Culture Facilitator.

Don Langer

Don Langer

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas
832-500-6491

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.

Charles Wayland

Charles Wayland

Executive Director

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Virginia
804-267-5208

Charles is the Executive Director of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Virginia for Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). Before joining UnitedHealthcare, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at TMG Health focusing on technology, analytics, member services, business development, and support services. Charles also served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President at Revolv, a dental business process outsourcing (BPO) and tech startup.

Doug Bowes

Doug Bowes

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Washington
206-926-0248

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.

Ellen Sexton

Ellen Sexton

CEO

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin

Ellen is Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin. She has served in a variety of roles at UnitedHealthcare, most recently as National Vice President for Medicaid Operational Performance & Readiness developing growth infrastructure for our Medicaid business across each of our health plans.