Officers and Directors

Executive Team

Steven S. Martin President and Chief Executive Officer

Steven S. Martin is president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and is a member of the board of directors and the company’s executive management team. He also serves as chief executive officer for Genesys Innovations, LLC, a new company owned by BCBSNE focused on information technology innovations for the health insurance industry.

Martin joined BCBSNE in 2002 and currently serves on the board of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) in Chicago, serving on the Brand Enhancement and Protection Committee and Data Committee of BCBSA. Martin also serves as a board director for Prime Therapeutics LLC and Travel and Transport, and as Chairman of the Board for BCS Financial Corporation.

Before joining BCBSNE, Martin was the founding president, CEO and a board director for Prime Therapeutics Inc., a comprehensive pharmacy benefits solutions company. Prior to joining Prime Therapeutics, Martin spent 12 years with BCBSNE. His previous positions included vice president of health services research and reimbursement and senior vice president for ProPar Services.

Martin also held management positions at American HomeCare Inc., the Upjohn Company, HealthCheck Inc. and the Menninger Foundation. 

Martin is active in community service and currently serves on the following boards:

  •   • Children’s Scholarship Fund
  •   • Governor, Knights of Aksarben
  •   • Lauritzen Gardens
  •   • Nebraskaland Foundation
  •   • Strategic Command Consultation Committee
  •   • The Durham Museum
  •   • The State Chamber of Commerce & Industry (2016 Board Chair)

 

Martin earned a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska. He is a certified professional in the Academy of Health Care Management and a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow.

Susan Courtney Executive Vice President, Operations, Business Process and Shared Services

Susan Courtney is executive vice president, operations, business process and shared services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).

Previously, Courtney held managerial positions at Ford Motor Company, Hormel Foods and First Data Resources. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where she was a Naval Flight Officer for six years.

Courtney is active in community service and currently serves on the Women in IT Task Force and as a board member for the Child Savings Institute. In 2012, Courtney was named “Technology Leader of the Year” by the AIM Institute. She was also recognized as one of Insurance & Technology’s Elite 8 Technology Executives for 2014.

Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Steven H. Grandfield President and Chief Operating Officer of Genesys Innovations, LLC & Executive V.P. of Strategy and Innovation

Steven (Steve) H. Grandfield is president and chief operations officer for Genesys Innovations, LLC, as well as executive vice president, strategy and innovation for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. He is also a member of the company’s executive management team.

Grandfield joined BCBSNE in 2003. He is responsible for Genesys Innovations, LLC, a new company owned by BCBSNE focused on information technology innovations for the health insurance industry. 

Before coming to BCBSNE, Grandfield was senior vice president, general manager at First Data Corporation. He currently belongs to the AIM Institute.

Grandfield earned bachelor’s degrees in business management from Northwest Missouri State, and in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska.

Grandfield is active in community service and currently serves on the Ak-Sar-Ben Board of Councilors, United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Dale Mackel Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration

Dale Mackel is executive vice president, finance and administration for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. He is also a member of the company’s executive management team.

Mackel is a health insurance executive with more than 25 years of experience in operations and finance. Prior to joining BCBSNE, he was a market president for Aetna. He has also held additional key leadership roles, including chief operating officer, chief financial officer, controller and director of global financial planning and analysis, at such organizations as Coventry Health Care and Motorola.

Mackel earned bachelor’s degrees in business and finance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He also holds a master’s of business administration and finance from the University of Iowa’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Dr. Joann Schaefer Executive Vice President, Health Delivery Engagement

Dr. Joann Schaefer is executive vice president, health delivery engagement for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. She is also a leader on the company’s health and wellness team.

Prior to joining BCBSNE, Dr. Schaefer served in a dual role as chief medical officer and director of the division of public health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services from 2005 to 2013. Before that, she practiced family medicine and served as a tenured associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Creighton University Medical School.

Dr. Schaefer is committed to creating a culture of wellness and helping Nebraskans lead healthier lives. She leads by example and believes a healthy lifestyle, along with a positive attitude, can make a difference in life and longevity.

She has overcome health challenges as a liver transplant patient, having completed more than 20 half and full marathons total.

Dr. Schaefer graduated from Creighton University Medical School and is board-certified in family medicine. She has been recognized by both Creighton University Medical School and California State University-Fullerton, where she received her undergraduate degree, for her service and as a distinguished alumnus.

 

Leadership Team

Dan Alm Vice President, Underwriting & Chief Underwriting Officer

Daniel (Dan) Alm is vice president, underwriting and chief underwriting officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and is a leader on the company’s finance and organizational development team.

Alm is responsible for the actuarial services function, and small and large group pricing, including renewals, prospective business, and association accounts. Other responsibilities include case installation for individual and small group business, broker administration, and large group renewal processing.

Alm is active in community service and currently serves on the board of the Millard Athletic Association. He is the past president of the Nebraska Association of Health Underwriters and also serves on the board of the Omaha chapter of Health Underwriters.

Alm received a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and is currently working toward his MBA designation.

Jeni Alm Vice President, Health Network Services

Jeni Alm is vice president, health network services, for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). In her role, she serves as the strategic leader for provider network initiatives, with responsibility to guide the development and implementation of BCBSNE’s affordability strategies related to reimbursement, payment innovation, high performance networks and provider partnerships that benefit BCBSNE customers.

Since first starting as an intern in the marketing department 20 years ago, Alm has taken on numerous roles throughout BCBSNE, including actuarial manager, director of group products, director of health network intelligence and senior director of network and product development. Most recently, she served as vice president of network and product innovation.

Alm is active in community service and is the treasurer of the Ted E. Bear Hollow board of directors, as well as a member of the Compassion Circle. She is also a United Way bridgebuilder. Previously, Alm was on the ICAN Advisory Board and is a 2011 graduate of INFLUENCE.

Alm earned her bachelor’s degree in business/finance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a graduate of the executive master’s of business administration program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a Six Sigma black belt.

Dave Anderson Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Accounting Officer

Dave Anderson is vice president, treasurer and chief accounting officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), and is a leader on the company’s finance and organizational development team.

Anderson has responsibility for the company’s financial operations, including all accounting, budgeting, reporting and tax functions, as well as the company’s owned and leased facilities. He also manages core investments, banking relationships, commissions, accounts payable, billing and collections.

Previously, Anderson served as chief financial officer, treasurer and member of the board of directors at Millard Lumber Inc.

An Omaha native, Anderson has been active in community service. He is treasurer of the Millard Public Schools Board of Education. He also serves as immediate past president of the board of directors of the Nebraska Association of School Boards. He is a past chair and current member of the board of trustees of Goodwill Industries.

Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an MBA from the University of Arizona. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dan Archuleta Vice President of Innovation, Genesys Innovations, LLC

Daniel (Dan) Archuleta is vice president of innovation for Genesys Innovations, LLC.

Archuleta has nine years of experience with BCBSNE, where he has also served as a project manager/business analyst, senior director of claims and vice president of CoreLink administration and business processes. Most recently, he was responsible for customer service and membership operations in his role as vice president of member services. 

Archuleta is active in the Lincoln community, including volunteering for his church. He serves as a board member on the Wellness Council of the Midlands and the Lincoln Chamber Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC).

Archuleta received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied information systems management and strategic management.

Jerry Byers Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Gerald (Jerry) Byers is senior vice president and chief financial officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).

Byers leads the actuarial, underwriting, enrollment, accounting, finance and facilities functions. He is also vice chairman of the Board of Directors for AmeriHealth Nebraska Inc., a Medicaid Managed Care Organization jointly owned with AmeriHealth Caritas (owned by Independence Blue Cross and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan).

Previously, Byers managed BCBSNE’s actuarial department. He held similar positions at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri and General American Life Insurance Company.

Byers is active in community service and currently serves on the board of Hope Medical Outreach Coalition. He is a longtime TeamMates mentor, and a member of Leadership Omaha Class 32.

Byers received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Russell Collins Vice President, Legal and General Counsel

Russell (Russ) Collins is vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and is a leader on the company’s administration team.

Collins leads BCBSNE’s legal department, which provides advice, guidance and strategic counsel to all areas of the company. As corporate secretary, he provides counsel to the board of directors and assists with the implementation of best practice corporate governance processes.

Prior to joining the company, Collins was an attorney with Kutak Rock, LLP in Omaha and practiced law in Portland, Oregon.

Collins is active in community service and serves on the board of the Omaha Children’s Museum, the Prairie Lane Neighborhood Association and the Benson Mural Project / Art Omaha. He is a member of Leadership Omaha Class 31 and a member of the Nebraska Bar Association.

Collins received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago.

Mark Dolsky Vice President, Sales and Account Management

Mark Dolsky is vice president, sales and account management for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).

Dolsky is a seasoned sales and marketing executive, with more than 25 years of experience driving business development and growth in health, dental, life and disability insurance sales. He previously served as vice president of human capital practice for Willis of Greater Kansas City Inc., a life, health and benefits provider. Prior to that, he worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for 23 years, with most of his experience being in sales, consulting and management.

Dolsky earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emporia State University. He also has several designations, including Fellow, Academy of Healthcare Management (FAHM), and is Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) certified.

Debra Esser Vice President, Medical Quality and Quality Medical Director

Debra Esser, MD is vice president, medical policy and quality medical director. She is a member of the BCBSNE leadership team with responsibility for medical policy and medical review, as well as strategic oversight of quality management programs.

Previously, Dr. Esser served as chief medical officer for Aetna Better Health of Nebraska. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at Coventry Health Care Nebraska/Iowa, Omaha Physician’s Clinic and Methodist Hospital and United Healthcare Nebraska/Iowa.

Dr. Esser is actively involved in community service and currently serves as president of the Metro Omaha Medical Society, in addition to being a member of Live Well Omaha and Hope Medical boards. She is also on Senator Gloor’s Patient Centered Medical Home steering committee.

Dr. Esser completed medical school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha/Lincoln and her family practice residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She earned a master’s degree in medical management from Tulane University.

Shari Flowers Vice President, Compliance and Ethics

Shari Flowers is vice president, compliance and ethics and chief compliance officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).

She oversees regulatory compliance, privacy, security, enterprise risk management, business continuity and information assurance, and is a leader in ensuring the company maintain a strong ethical culture.

Flowers previously served as sr. corporate counsel and director of strategic business services at BCBSNE, where she has worked since 2006. She has worked in the insurance industry for 12 years, including previously at Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance Company and Principal Financial Group.

Flowers received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law. She serves on the Leadership Council for the Alzheimer’s Association – Midlands Chapter and is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

Rama Kolli Vice President, Information Services and Chief Information Officer

Rama Kolli is vice president, information services and chief information officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and is a leader on the company’s service and technology team.

In his more than 11 years at BCBSNE, Kolli has been instrumental in many critical endeavors, including modernizing systems, building and leading the enterprise architecture team and championing the architecture that will be the foundation of the company’s technical future. He also was a member of the business innovation team responsible for providing strategy in addressing the challenges of the health care law.

Previously, Kolli worked as a developer consultant at noteClip in New York, Niku in Silicon Valley and at DSQ Software Ltd in India before coming to the United States.

Kolli earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Nagarjuna University, India and a master’s degree in computer applications from the University of Chennai, India. He serves as a board member for the AIM Institute, is a member of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) technical committee and sits as a proxy on the eHealth Council of Nebraska Information Technology Commission.

Cameron Ludwig Vice President, Analytics and Enterprise Services

Cameron Ludwig is vice president, analytics and enterprise services, for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).

Ludwig has served in a variety of roles at BCBSNE. He began as a consultant in 2001 and moved to the information services department in 2004. Since then, he has worked in IS, marketing and operations, leading the client and analytics team, small group account management and service and consumer sales teams.

Most recently, Ludwig focused on corporate data governance, analytics and enterprise process optimization.

Ludwig has a background as a technology consultant and analyst with a number of firms, including Cap Gemini and Sogeti. He is active in community service and currently serves as a long-time mentor through the TeamMates Mentoring Program.

Ludwig earned a bachelor’s degree from Union College and a master’s degree in business administration from Bellevue University.

Jessica McCormick Vice President and Chief Talent Officer

Jessica McCormick is vice president and chief talent officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. She possesses a wealth of knowledge in the areas of sales, consulting, marketing and human capital consulting.

Previously, McCormick served as executive vice president of talent strategy for NMC Inc., where she focused on overall culture strategies, human capital, system strategies and sales effectiveness transformation companywide. She has also held roles at ManpowerGroup, CRI and Kelly Services.

In addition, McCormick’s experience in the workforce solutions industry allowed the opportunity to work with diverse companies like First National Bank, Nebraska Medical Center, Ball Corporation, Google, eBay/PayPal, Salesforce.com and Applera, where she consulted on overall workforce strategies in the areas of IT, engineering, scientific, financial, industrial, recruitment process outsourcing, vendor management technology, change management strategies and national and global workforce solutions.

McCormick is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the executive board of HWS-Greater Omaha Workforce Investment Board and the HR Reinvention Advisory Panel. She is also a past board member of the Human Resources Association of the Midlands and Omaha Street School.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and completed the executive education program in strategic leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jennifer Richardson Senior Vice President, Operations

Jennifer Richardson is a senior vice president, operations, for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), and is a leader on the company’s service team.

Richardson started at BCBSNE as a staff attorney before taking responsibility in Claims Processing. Today, she is responsible for all aspects of Claims Processing, Information Services, Data Analytics and our Continuous Improvement teams. 

Richardson is active in community service and currently serves on the following boards and committees:

  • •Kids Can Community Center, board member and secretary
  • •March of Dimes, board member
  • •Children’s Respite Care Center, board member
  • •Women’s Center for Advancement, board member and secretary
  • •Institute for Career Advancement Needs, board member

Richardson was a member of Leadership Omaha, Class 33 and participated in the Influence and Bringing Spirit to Leadership programs for Executive Leadership.

Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a juris doctorate’s degree from Creighton University.

Barbara True Vice President, Claims and Support Services

Barbara (Barb) True is vice president, claims and support services for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).

In her role, she oversees all aspects of the claims services function and is responsible for the claims auditing and adjusting, medical management and federal employee program teams. True also leads the establishment of the department’s strategic vision, driving the development and implementation of new and ongoing strategies that ultimately help further the corporate strategic plan.

Prior to joining BCBSNE, True held various roles at Lincoln Financial Group, including: assistant vice president, claims shared services; assistant vice president, claims solutions and risk services; and appeals manager. She also spent several years working for Continental General Insurance in claims, customer service and consumer relations leadership roles.

True is active in the community and has served on the board at Kids Can Community Center since 2010. She also serves on the board at Girls, Incorporated of Omaha.

Brenda Wichman Vice President, Member Services

Brenda Wichman is vice president, member services for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). She is responsible for all customer service operations.

Wichman is a seasoned executive with years of experience in the customer service field. Previously, she served as the director of member services at BCBSNE for eight years. Prior to that, she held a similar position at American Express for 19 years.

With a passion for volunteerism, Wichman is a longtime member of the BCBSNE United Way campaign planning committee. She plays a substantial role in seeking ways to creatively engage employees in the annual campaign, helping the organization surpass our goal year after year.

Wichman graduated from the Spencer School of Business.

Clint Williams Vice President, Pharmacy and Risk Adjustment

Clint Williams is vice president, pharmacy and risk adjustment, for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). In his role, Williams champions the creation and implementation of strategies for the risk adjustment, pharmacy, wellness and population health teams.

Previously, Williams served as senior director of health network services before transitioning to the role of senior director of health care delivery and wellness.

Prior to joining BCBSNE, he was the senior director of account management at Prime Therapeutics.

Williams is active in community service and is a member of the Exchange Club of Omaha, having served as the organization’s president and a member of the board of directors. He also serves as a volunteer coach for various sports organizations. Additionally, he was a member of Leadership Omaha Class 34.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/math from Wayne State College, followed by a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He most recently received his MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

Board of Directors

Karen B. Aman Vice President, Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC)

Board Aman

Karen B. Aman is the Vice President of Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC). Aman is also President of HunTel Systems, Inc.

She is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she earned a Bachelor's degree in business administration.

Aman has held postions with other divisions of HunTel Systems, including President and General Manager of HunTel Telephone Properties, and Vice President of HunTel CableVision.

Aman is current civic involvements include Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands and Blair Community Schools Parents Special Needs Committee.

Aman's past civic involvements include serving on the board of The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation River City Roundup Board, The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation His Majesty's Council, Young President's Organization (Nebraska Chapter), Daughters of the American Revolution, Merrymakers Association, and Blair Jaycees.

Aman and her husband, Craig, live in Blair. They have two children.

Leslie R. Andersen President and CEO Bank of Bennington

Board Andersen

Leslie R. Andersen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Bennington. She began her career with NationsBank in Norfolk, Virginia, where her husband was a naval aviator. Andersen returned to Nebraska to take over the family bank and raise her family. In October 2010, Andersen was named number 9 of the Top 25 Women to Watch in banking. Andersen is a cancer survivor.

Andersen graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor degree in finance and received her Masters in Business Administration from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Andersen currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce board of directors; a member of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board; and the Knights of Aksarben Councilor.

Andersen is also a member of the Federal Advisory Council to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the BancAlliance board of directors, and the Corporation for American Banking board of directors.

Andersen has a special personal interest in health care issues and economic development and has served on a number of boards of health care organizations including hospitals, senior living facilities, and family social service groups as well as the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Among Andersen's life experiences: Among Andersen's life experiences:

  • Past chair of the Nebraksa Bankers Association.
  • Past board member of the American Bankers Association.
  • Executive committee of the Greater Omaha Chamber.
  • State of Nebraka Economic Forecasting Board.
  • Has testified in congressional hearings.
  • Served on Alegent's Board and served as their chair 2009-2010.
  • Served on CHI Health advisory committee.
  • 2011 chair of government relations council of the American Bankers Association.
  • Prior chair of Immanuel Health Systems Board and Alegent Health board.

Andersen and her husband, David, have three children.

George G. Beattie Chairman, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Board Beattie

George G. Beattie is the Past President of the Nebraska Bankers Association, a statewide trade association of commercial banks, savings institutions and trust companies. The association's priorities include legislative representation, education, industry promotion and public relations, and an array of products and services designed to meet the needs of Nebraska's financial services industry.

After graduating from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney) with a Bachelor's degree in education, Beattie spent several years in the teaching field and in his family's farming operation. In 1985, he became Assistant Vice President and Agricultural Loan Officer at Platte Valley State Bank in Kearney.

In 1987, Beattie was selected as the Assistant Director of the Nebraska State Department of Agriculture; he was named Director in 1989. He began his career as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nebraska Bankers Association in 1991.

Beattie is a Trustee for the Graduate School of Banking and the Prochnow Educational Foundation of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations' Schools of Banking, Invest Nebraska and the Nebraska Bankers Insurance and Services Company. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education and is a trustee of the Madonna Foundation.

Previously, Beattie served on the boards of the Midwest Housing Equity Group Inc., the nationwide Bankers Electronic Network and the American Bankers Association. He is also a past Chairman of the American Bankers Association State Association Division.

Beattie is a past President of the Nebraska 4-H Development Foundation, the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the Mid-America International Agri-Trade Council. He is a past Executive Board Member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Beattie currently is a member of the Nebraska Chamber Economic Development Council and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and is a past Board Member of the Nebraska Leadership Council.

Beattie and his wife, Billie, have two children and five grandchildren.

Richard R. Bell Chairman Emeritus, HDR, Inc.

Board Bell

Richard R. Bell is Chairman Emeritus of HDR, Inc., a worldwide architectural, engineering and consulting firm. HDR is a leader in general architecture, environmental and resource management, and planning and construction of facilities in the areas of healthcare, justice, transportation and water.

With HDR since 1974, Bell was President and CEO from 1996 - 2011 and Chairman since 1997. He retired as President and CEO in December 2011.

He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degree from South Dakota State University and is a registered professional engineer.

Bell was the 2004 Chairman of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. His other civic involvement included the Young Presidents' Organization, the Henry Doorly Zoo Foundation, the Peter Kiewit Institute of Science and Technology Advisory Board, the Omaha Community Playhouse, Durham Museum, TeamMates and the Boy Scouts of America.

In addition to his work on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Board, Bell is on the board of the Nebraska Methodist Foundation and Nebraska Games and Parks. In 2011, he was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame and named the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben King.

Bell and his wife, Pat, live in Omaha. They have two children.

Lyndee J. Black Partner -- Thomas, Kunc & Black, LLP

Board Black

Lyndee Black is a partner in the certified public accounting firm of Thomas, Kunc & Black, LLP.

She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in business administration.

Black is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Black is a former Chairperson of the Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy, which is responsible for licensing and regulating certified public accountants in Nebraska. She has also chaired the Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy Quality Enhancement Program Committee and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Board of Examiners Auditing Subcommittee. As a former member of the Board of Examiners Content Committee, she was involved in the determination of skills, topics and format of the CPA examination.

Black has served as Treasurer for the Public Health Foundation of Lincoln-Lancaster County, the Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, YWCA of Lincoln. She currently serves as an officer for the Friends of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

In 2006, Black received her Certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Allen D. Dvorak, M.D. President and Managing Partner, ADDRAD, LLC

Board Dvorak

Allen D. Dvorak, M.D., FACR, a diagnostic radiologist, is president of ADDRAD, LLC. He was a member of the Nebraska-Iowa Radiology Consultants, Inc. from 1983 to 2008, and served as its Managing Partner from 1987 to 2008. He was Medical Staff President at Alegent Health-Midlands Hospital from 2001 until 2002. From 1973 until 1983, he was a full-time faculty member in the Creighton University School of Medicine's Department of Radiology.

Dr. Dvorak received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Creighton University, followed by radiology training at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He served as Chief Resident during his final year of training there.

Dr. Dvorak has held leadership positions with several professional medical organizations. He has been President of the Nebraska Medical Association, Metro Omaha Medical Society, Omaha Midwest Clinical Society, and the Nebraska Radiological Society. He was also founding President of the Nebraska Association of Nuclear Physicians, and a Nebraska delegate to the American Medical Association. He was a member of the Western Conference Board of Trustees, 2004 - 2008, 2011 - 2012 and served as President in 2007 and 2011.

He received the prestigious Silver Medal Award from the Nebraska Radiological Society in 2004. He was awarded the Alegent Health Spirit of Mission Award in 2008.

His interest in healthcare planning for the past 35 years has led him to several key appointments. He has served on the Health Planning Council of the Midlands, the Nebraska State Health Coordinating Council and other organizations concerned with issues surrounding healthcare access, quality and cost. In 1992, he was appointed by then-Governor Ben Nelson to serve on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Coalition on Health Care in Nebraska. This was followed in 1995 by another appointment from the Governor to serve a 5-year term on the Nebraska Board of Health.

His community service involvement includes membership on the Boys Town National Council of Friends. He has been a member of the Omaha Archdiocese's Archbishop's Committee on Educational Development since 1987, and has served as its Chairman from 2000-2004. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Duchesne Academy and is active in Christ the King Catholic Church, where he serves as a lector and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.

Dr. Dvorak's family includes his wife, Carol Ann Cockson Dvorak, three children and six grandchildren.

Dan E. Ernst Associate Executive Director, Nebraska Council of School Administrators

Board Ernst

Dr. Dan E. Ernst serves as Associate Executive Director of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA). He was appointed in 2007 and is responsible for mentoring and training programs for new school administrators. In addition he works with school administrators across Nebraska as a resource and consultant. He served as Chairman of NCSA from 2004-2005 and was a member of the Legislative Committee from 2003 to 2012. He is a registered lobbyist and assists with legislation activities on behalf of NCSA and its members.

Ernst received his Bachelor's degree from Wayne State College; Master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney; Educational Specialist and Educational Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served in Nebraska schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. Prior to employment with NCSA, Ernst served as Superintendent of Schools, School District 145 (Waverly) from 1994 to 2007. He was recognized as the Nebraska Superintendent of the Year in 1994 and has received numerous recognition and awards throughout his tenure as a school administrator.

Ernst served on the Board of the Educators Health Alliance from 2002 to 2012 and served as Chairman 2010 to 2011. Ernst presently serves as a member on the Nebraska Safety Center Advisory Board, (Pupil Transportation). Ernst currently works with the Nebraska Department of Education leading School Improvement Workshops; is a member of the Policy Advisory Committee for Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems; an advisory member for the Nebraska Teacher/Principal Performance Framework; and paticipates on the development of a Teacher/Principal Model Evaluation system. He additionally represents school administrators on the Council of Chief, State School Officers Consortium on Educator Effectiveness and the Nebraska Department of Education Educator Effectiveness Committee. Ernst also holds a current membership in the Nebraska Society for Association Executives.

Ernst lives in Lincoln with his wife, Dixie, has three children and four grandchildren.

Steven S. Martin Chief Executive Officer and President Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Board Martin

Steven S. Martin is chief executive officer and President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and is a member of the board of directors and the company's executive management team. He also serves as chief executive officer for Genesys Innovations, LLC, a new company owned by BCBSNE focused on information technology innovations for the health insurance industry.

Martin joined BCBSNE in 2002 and currently serves on the board of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) in Chicago, as well as Chairman of the BCBSA Brand Enhancement and Protection Committee. Martin also serves as a board director for Prime Therapeutics LLC and Travel and Transport, as vice chair and board director of the Wellness Council of America and as Chairman of the Board for BCS Financial Corporation.

Before joining BCBSNE, Martin was the founding president, CEO and a board director for Prime Therapeutics Inc., a comprehensive pharmacy benefits solutions company. Prior to joining Prime Therapeutics, Martin spent 12 years with BCBSNE. His previous positions included vice president of health services research and reimbursement and senior vice president for ProPar Services.

Martin also held management positions at American HomeCare Inc., the Upjohn Company, HealthCheck Inc. and the Menninger Foundation.

Martin is active in community service and currently serves on the following boards:

  • Children's Scholarship Fund
  • Governor, Knights of Aksarben
  • Lauritzen Gardens
  • Nebraskaland Foundation
  • Strategic Command Consultation Committee
  • The Durham Museum
  • The State Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Martin earned a bachelor's degree from Washburn University and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska. He is a certified professional in the Academy of Health Care Management and a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow.

Dr. John C. Mitchell, II Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates PC

Board Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is certified by the American Board of Medicine in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and practices at Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates, PC in Omaha.

Mitchell serves on the boards of the Nebraska Health Network, Methodist Hospital Foundation and the University of Nebraska Alumni Association.

Mitchell received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, Stanford, California and his medical degree from the University Nebraska Medical Center. Mitchell completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Mitchell and his wife, M. Kathleen, also a physician, have two children.

Keith R. Olsen Farmer and Past President, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation

Board Olsen

Keith R. Olsen, past President of Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, farms near Grant in southwest Nebraska and produces wheat, certified seed wheat and corn. He began farming in 1967 in the southwest corner of Perkins County.

Olsen graduated with a Bachelor's degree in agriculture economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He is a past President of the Perkins County Farm Bureau and served many years on its Board of Directors. At the state level of Farm Bureau, he served eight years on the State Legislative Policy Committee and four years as a member of the Tax Advisory Committee. He was elected to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 1992 to represent District 7 (southwest Nebraska) and re-elected in 1995.

After his election as first Vice President in 1997, Olsen served in that capacity until 2002, when he became President of the organization. He retired in 2012. In January 2004, the American Farm Bureau Federation elected Olsen to serve on its Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. He currently serves on the board of directors of Agriculture Builders of Nebraska and Kregel Windmill Factory Museum in Nebraska City.

Olsen is a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church and a member of Grant United Methodist Church. He was a 4-H leader for 30 years and is a member of the Rotary Club, Masonic Lodg, and Chamber of Commerce in Grant. He is a past President and Board member of the Chamber.

He is a past Board member of the Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment Corporation, as well as being the past Director of the First National Bank in Ogallala and the United Nebraska Bank in Grant.

Olsen's wife, Doris, is a retired Registered Nurse from Perkins County Community Hospital. They are the parents of three adult sons and have several grandchildren.

Anthony F. Raimondo, Jr. Vice Chairman of the Board and Co-President of International and Diversified Products, Behlen Mfg. Co.

Board Raimondo

Anthony F. Raimondo, Jr. serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board for Behlen Mfg. Co. and President of The Behlen Technology Group, located in Omaha, Nebraska. The Behlen Technology Group includes three separate companies: Distefano Technology and Manufacturing (custom fabricated parts and machine tooling), MPEX Systems (automated material handling systems) and Hilton Industries (automated capacitor and battery winding machines). Hilton is located in Sarasota, Florida.

Raimondo joined Behlen Mfg. Co. in 1990 and has held various positions in the past 25 years at the company including Co-President of International and Diversified Products; Facilities Manager – managing plant engineering products, EPA and OSHA compliance; and President of the Behlen Country business unit from 2002 – 2011.

Raimondo serves as a board member with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and the Columbus YMCA Foundation. Past board services include the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council, and the Columbus Community Hospital.

Raimondo earned his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and an Executive MBA from The Ohio State University in 2002.

Raimondo and his wife, Sharon, have two children: Kellen and Leo. He enjoys playing handball and is a biking enthusiast. Raimondo is a strong supporter of renewable energy and protecting the environment. He is also an advocate for health and wellness, and supports the Live Healthy Nebraska Challenge.

Jeffrey L. Schumacher President, Capitol Casualty Company

Board Schumacher

Jeffrey L. Schumacher has been President and CEO of Capitol Casualty Company since 1992. Capitol Casualty provides physical damage insurance and non-trucking use liability insurance to owner-operators leased to Hunt Transportation and Crete Carrier Corporation. He also serves as Chairman of Electronic Contracting Company.

In addition to his service to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Board, Schumacher is on the boards of several corporations, including First National Bank Northeast, Capitol Casualty Company, Electronic Contracting Company, and BankFirst.

His civic involvements include Foundation for Junior Achievement, Catholic Social Services of Lincoln, Pius X Foundation, and Wyuka Cemetery.

Schumacher earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Juris Doctorate from the University's College of Law. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, a licensed Real Estate Broker, and also a member of the Lincoln Board of Realtors.

Schumacher and his wife, Dr. Laura Acklie Schumacher, live in Lincoln. They have two sons.

Todd S. Sorensen, M.D., M.S. Retired, Past President and Chief Executive Officer, Regional West Health Services and Regional West Medical Center

Board Sorensen

Dr. Sorensen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Regional West Health Services and Regional West Medical Center September 2000 to January 2015. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, and a master's degree in administrative medicine from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He completed an internal medicine residency at Denver's Presbyterian Medical Center and is a board-certified internal medicine physician.

With two colleagues, Dr. Sorensen founded an internal medicine group practice in Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1976. In addition to his medical practice, he later served as medical director for Regional Care, Inc., where he helped develop a provider network and regional health plan.

He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves on the Board of Directors for Poudre Valley Health System in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Robert E. Synowicki Jr. Retired, Past Executive Vice President – Driver Resources, Werner Enterprises

Board Synowicki

Robert E. Synowicki Jr. retired from Werner Enterprises, Inc., as its Executive Vice President – Driver Resources, in December 2015. Synowicki joined the company in 1987, and subsequently has served in many different positions with the company.

Synowicki graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with Bachelor degrees in biology and business administration. Before joining Werner Enterprises, he was a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Anderson and Company.

In addition to his service on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Board, Synowicki serves on the boards of the Truckload Carriers Association, Creighton Prep, SID #52, and various Werner subsidiaries.

Synowicki and his wife, Wendy, have three children and two grandchildren.

HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS


COINSURANCE

The percentage of the bill you pay after your deductible has been met.

COPAY

A fixed amount you pay when you get a covered health service.

Tiered benefit plan

A health care plan featuring multiple levels of benefits based on the network status of a particular provider. 

DEDUCTIBLE

The annual amount you pay for covered health services before your insurance begins to pay.

emergency care services

Any covered services received in a hospital emergency room setting.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER SERVICES

Includes behavioral health treatment, counseling, and psychotherapy


in-network provider

A provider contracted by your insurance company to accept an agreed upon payment for covered services. 

OUT-OF-network provider

A term for providers that aren’t contracting with your insurance company. (Your out-of-pocket costs will tend to be more expensive if you go to an out-of-network provider.)

out-of-pocket

Your expenses for medical care that aren’t reimbursed by insurance, including deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments.

penalty

If you can afford health insurance, but choose not to buy it, you must have a health coverage exemption or pay a tax penalty on your federal income tax return.

premium

The amount you pay to your health insurance company each month. 


Preventive services

Health care services that focus on the prevention of disease and health maintenance.

rehab SERVICES

Services and devices to help you recover if you are injured or have surgery. This includes physical, occupational and speech therapy.

special enrollment period

The time after the Open Enrollment Period when you can still purchase health insurance only if you have a qualifying life event (losing other health coverage, having a baby, getting married, moving).

specialist

A physician who has a majority of his or her practice in fields other than internal or general medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or family practice.