Board of Directors

John Orner | Board Chair

John E.Q. Orner, Board Chair, is vice president, treasurer, and chief investment officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. He was elected to the Board in April 2006.

John Abbott | Board Vice-Chair

John S. Abbott is president at Varistar and senior vice president of Otter Tail Corporation. He was elected to the Board in April 2013.

Kofi Bruce | Board Treasurer

Kofi A. Bruce, Board Treasurer, is vice president, finance and trade at General Mills. He was elected to the Board in April 2010.

Christine Larsen | Board Secretary

Christine M. Larsen, Board Secretary, is senior vice president of global safety, health, and environment at Ecolab. She was elected to the Board in June 2006.

John Orner | Board Chair

John E.Q. Orner, Board Chair, is vice president, treasurer, and chief investment officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. He was elected to the Board in April 2006.

John Abbott | Board Vice-Chair

John S. Abbott is president at Varistar and senior vice president of Otter Tail Corporation. He was elected to the Board in April 2013.

Kofi Bruce | Board Treasurer

Kofi A. Bruce, Board Treasurer, is vice president, finance and trade at General Mills. He was elected to the Board in April 2010.

Christine Larsen | Board Secretary

Christine M. Larsen, Board Secretary, is senior vice president of global safety, health, and environment at Ecolab. She was elected to the Board in June 2006.

John Orner | Board Chair

John E.Q. Orner, Board Chair, is vice president, treasurer, and chief investment officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. He was elected to the Board in April 2006.

John Abbott | Board Vice-Chair

John S. Abbott is president at Varistar and senior vice president of Otter Tail Corporation. He was elected to the Board in April 2013.

Kofi Bruce | Board Treasurer

Kofi A. Bruce, Board Treasurer, is vice president, finance and trade at General Mills. He was elected to the Board in April 2010.

Christine Larsen | Board Secretary

Christine M. Larsen, Board Secretary, is senior vice president of global safety, health, and environment at Ecolab. She was elected to the Board in June 2006.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey D. Brown is president and CEO at Lifeworks Services. He has been an ex officio member of the Board since January 2017.

Theodore Carlson

Theodore R. Carlson is the owner of Carlson Partners. He was elected to the Board in April 2009.

Mark Geldernick

Mark J. Geldernick is Second Vice President – Law, M&A and Division Chief Legal Officer at Securian Financial Group. He was elected to the Board in April 2017.

Martin Kiener

Martin P. Kiener is former senior vice president at SCICOM Data Services, Inc. He was elected to the Board in April 2007.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey D. Brown is president and CEO at Lifeworks Services. He has been an ex officio member of the Board since January 2017.

Theodore Carlson

Theodore R. Carlson is the owner of Carlson Partners. He was elected to the Board in April 2009.

Mark Geldernick

Mark J. Geldernick is Second Vice President – Law, M&A and Division Chief Legal Officer at Securian Financial Group. He was elected to the Board in April 2017.

Martin Kiener

Martin P. Kiener is former senior vice president at SCICOM Data Services, Inc. He was elected to the Board in April 2007.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey D. Brown is president and CEO at Lifeworks Services. He has been an ex officio member of the Board since January 2017.

Theodore Carlson

Theodore R. Carlson is the owner of Carlson Partners. He was elected to the Board in April 2009.

Mark Geldernick

Mark J. Geldernick is Second Vice President – Law, M&A and Division Chief Legal Officer at Securian Financial Group. He was elected to the Board in April 2017.

Martin Kiener

Martin P. Kiener is former senior vice president at SCICOM Data Services, Inc. He was elected to the Board in April 2007.

Ajani Lewis-McGhee

AJ serves as a member of the Eagle’s Cabinet at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, an employee-forward advisory council to the company’s leadership where he works as a Corporate Service Associate. As a strong voice for his peers, AJ also volunteers with the Disability Hub MN’s Insight Panel and is a member of the Athlete Input Council of Minnesota Special Olympics. He received the 2018 Lifeworks Personal Achievement Award. He was elected to the Board in February 2019.

Catherine Mahone

Catherine A. Mahone is chief administrative officer at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. She was elected to the Board in April 2012.

Zachary Meyer

Zachary J. Meyer is the former senior vice president of global wellbeing and employee assistance programs at OptumHealth. He was elected to the Board in April 2010.

Patricia Riley

Patsy is currently serving as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. Her past leadership experience includes roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Stratis Health, Allina Health, UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna. Patsy also previously served as a board member at the American Heart Association Greater Midwest Affiliates, Children’s Theatre Company, and Perspectives. She was named one of the Top 50 Women Business Leaders in 2016 and was the Inaugural Recipient of the Blue Cross Patsy Riley Health Equity Award at Blue Shield of Minnesota in 2017. Patsy also received the Pinnacle Award from the Women’s Health Leadership Trust in 2018, recognizing her lifetime achievements and contributions to the health care sector in Minnesota. She was elected to the Board in February 2019.

Ajani Lewis-McGhee

AJ serves as a member of the Eagle’s Cabinet at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, an employee-forward advisory council to the company’s leadership where he works as a Corporate Service Associate. As a strong voice for his peers, AJ also volunteers with the Disability Hub MN’s Insight Panel and is a member of the Athlete Input Council of Minnesota Special Olympics. He received the 2018 Lifeworks Personal Achievement Award. He was elected to the Board in February 2019.

Catherine Mahone

Catherine A. Mahone is chief administrative officer at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. She was elected to the Board in April 2012.

Zachary Meyer

Zachary J. Meyer is the former senior vice president of global wellbeing and employee assistance programs at OptumHealth. He was elected to the Board in April 2010.

Patricia Riley

Patsy is currently serving as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. Her past leadership experience includes roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Stratis Health, Allina Health, UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna. Patsy also previously served as a board member at the American Heart Association Greater Midwest Affiliates, Children’s Theatre Company, and Perspectives. She was named one of the Top 50 Women Business Leaders in 2016 and was the Inaugural Recipient of the Blue Cross Patsy Riley Health Equity Award at Blue Shield of Minnesota in 2017. Patsy also received the Pinnacle Award from the Women’s Health Leadership Trust in 2018, recognizing her lifetime achievements and contributions to the health care sector in Minnesota. She was elected to the Board in February 2019.

Ajani Lewis-McGhee

AJ serves as a member of the Eagle’s Cabinet at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, an employee-forward advisory council to the company’s leadership where he works as a Corporate Service Associate. As a strong voice for his peers, AJ also volunteers with the Disability Hub MN’s Insight Panel and is a member of the Athlete Input Council of Minnesota Special Olympics. He received the 2018 Lifeworks Personal Achievement Award. He was elected to the Board in February 2019.

Catherine Mahone

Catherine A. Mahone is chief administrative officer at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. She was elected to the Board in April 2012.

Zachary Meyer

Zachary J. Meyer is the former senior vice president of global wellbeing and employee assistance programs at OptumHealth. He was elected to the Board in April 2010.

Patricia Riley

Patsy is currently serving as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. Her past leadership experience includes roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Stratis Health, Allina Health, UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna. Patsy also previously served as a board member at the American Heart Association Greater Midwest Affiliates, Children’s Theatre Company, and Perspectives. She was named one of the Top 50 Women Business Leaders in 2016 and was the Inaugural Recipient of the Blue Cross Patsy Riley Health Equity Award at Blue Shield of Minnesota in 2017. Patsy also received the Pinnacle Award from the Women’s Health Leadership Trust in 2018, recognizing her lifetime achievements and contributions to the health care sector in Minnesota. She was elected to the Board in February 2019.

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