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Paul A. Tufano- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Paul A. Tufano
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Paul A. Tufano is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, one of the nation's leading Medicaid Managed Care organizations, which is headquartered in Philadelphia and provides products and services in 15 states and the District of Columbia. He is also Executive Vice President of Independence Blue Cross, a full-service health insurance corporation also headquartered in Philadelphia where he previously served as General Counsel.

Prior to joining Independence Blue Cross and ultimately AmeriHealth Caritas, Mr. Tufano served as General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from January 1995 until November 1999. Mr. Tufano and a staff of over 500 attorneys represented Governor Tom Ridge, all 22 Executive Branch agencies, as well as 10 independent agencies in litigation, transactions, and regulatory, legislative and criminal justice matters. He was a member of the Governor's Cabinet and the Governor's Senior Staff. Mr. Tufano had served as a member of the seven-person transition team following Governor Ridge's election in November 1994.

Prior to becoming General Counsel of the Commonwealth, Mr. Tufano was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley where his practice focused on labor and employment law. He regularly appeared before federal and state courts and agencies.

In November 2002, then Governor-elect Ed Rendell, a Democrat, appointed Mr. Tufano, a Republican, as co-chairman of his transition team. He was a member of Governor Tom Corbett's Transition Team after his election in 2010.

Mr. Tufano has been active in his support for funding legal services for the poor. He worked with Governor Ridge in reestablishing state funding for such services in 1995, and has been honored for his efforts by receiving the Pennsylvania Legal Services Outstanding Leadership Award (1996) and the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Champion of Justice Award (1997). He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which exists to raise funds for legal services for the poor.

Mr. Tufano's other activities in the legal community include his having served as the Founding Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Government Lawyers Committee. He is a former member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates. Mr. Tufano served on the Judicial Council of Pennsylvania, a body created by the Supreme Court to assist in the administration of the Judicial Branch.

Mr. Tufano serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Villanova University and is a former trustee of Franklin & Marshall College, The Pennsylvania State University (Governor's representative), Moore College of Art & Design and Rosemont School of the Holy Child and a former board member of WHYY (public television and radio). He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and is a board member of the Committee of Seventy. He is the past President of the Villanova University Alumni Association. Mr. Tufano is the past Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corporation.

Mr. Tufano has received the Pennsylvania Bar Association's President's Award (1998) and its Pro Bono Award (1998). He appears in Who's Who in American Law, 6th Edition. He received the Justinian Foundation's Professional Achievement Award (1998), and the St. Thomas of Villanova Medal from Villanova University (2001).

He was honored by the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (2003) for his contributions to the Arts. Mr. Tufano is a graduate of Villanova University, where he earned both his bachelor's degree and law degree.

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Steve Bohner - Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Steve Bohner
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Steve Bohner has served as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas since 2009. Prior to that, he has held progressively responsible positions within the organization since 1992.

As the Senior Vice President, Finance and CFO, Mr. Bohner is responsible for the Company's overall financial functions including Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Actuarial Services, Treasury Management, Financial Services, and Sourcing. He also plays an integral role in new business development and strategic financial planning.

During Mr. Bohner's tenure at AmeriHealth Caritas, the Company has grown from one product line and 50,000 members in one state, to multiple product lines and more than 6.6 million members in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, revenue has grown from $275 million to $5.6 billion.

Prior to AmeriHealth Caritas, Mr. Bohner worked in public accounting for almost three years.

Mr. Bohner holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia, where he was Magna Cum Laude. He successfully completed the CPA exam and is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the AICPA and PICPA.

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Mark T. Bullock - Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer

Mark T. Bullock
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer

Mark T. Bullock is Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas. He oversees Corporate Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Auditing, Human Resources, Corporate Communications, and Business Process Improvement and Planning.

Mr. Bullock is a seasoned health care executive with a 30-year track record of leadership on a range of major and complex issues shaping our industry.

Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Mr. Bullock served as Senior Vice President for Advocacy and General Counsel for Mercy Health System for 22 years. There, he provided strategic legal counsel, compliance and advocacy guidance, while overseeing government affairs and risk management. As part of his role at Mercy Health System, Mr. Bullock served on the Board of what was formerly AmeriHealth Mercy when it was an owner of the company. Prior to his work with Mercy Health System, he served as General Counsel for Greater Atlantic Health Service.

Mr. Bullock has long been active in the Philadelphia-area community, including key leadership roles for the Urban Affairs Coalition and Merion Mercy Academy, former Chair of the Radnor Township Board of Health, and a member of Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf's Human Services Department Transition Committee.

Mr. Bullock earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law and B.A. from Villanova University, where he now teaches as an adjunct professor.

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Eileen Coggins - Senior Vice President, Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management

Eileen M. Coggins
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Long Term Services & Supports/Medicare

Eileen M. Coggins is General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Long Term Services & Supports/Medicare at AmeriHealth Caritas. With more than 24 years of legal experience, Ms. Coggins is an accomplished, results-driven attorney who has provided counsel in both private equity and public health care companies. Ms. Coggins also has significant career experience working with Medicare and companies specializing in home care, long-term care, durable medical equipment (DME) and pharmacy. In addition to her General Counsel responsibilities, she is responsible for Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare, and Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMPs).

Prior to her current role at AmeriHealth Caritas, Ms. Coggins served as Senior Vice President, Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management. Previously, Ms. Coggins was with Univita Health, Inc., in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Government Relations. Prior to her work with Univita, she was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Genesis Healthcare Corporation in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Coggins' professional affiliations include the Widener University School of Law Health Policy Board, American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association Business Law Section and Association of Corporate Counsel.

A graduate of West Chester University with a B.A. in public administration, Ms. Coggins earned her J.D. from the Widener University School of Law.

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Fred A. Dickson - Senior Vice President of Information Solutions

Fred A. Dickson
Senior Vice President of Information Solutions and Chief Information Officer

Fred A. Dickson is Senior Vice President of Information Solutions and Chief Information Officer. He oversees the development and implementation of AmeriHealth Caritas' enterprise-wide information solutions strategy.

Mr. Dickson brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in health care information systems to AmeriHealth Caritas.

Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Mr. Dickson served as Vice President, Information Technology, for Coventry Health Care, where he was responsible for directing the company's IT strategy, planning, quality assurance and testing, enterprise architecture, project management, vendor management, IT training and corporate systems. He previously served as chief information officer for the Marshfield Clinic's Security Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Mr. Dickson started his career at Prudential Insurance Company and later joined The Pillsbury Company.

Mr. Dickson holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota's Advanced Leadership Development Program.

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Christopher Drumm - Senior Vice President, Government and External Affairs

Christopher Drumm
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

Christopher Drumm is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. In this role, Mr. Drumm is responsible for the organization's interactions with government on a national scale. He also oversees community investment programs and administration.

A life-long Philadelphian, Mr. Drumm has more than two decades of experience in government and external relations. Previously, he served as: a legislative aide to Philadelphia City Council; a legislative aide to a Member of the United States House of Representatives; Assistant to the Chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority; and Vice President for Government Affairs at Saint Joseph's University. Mr. Drumm has also worked as a campaign manager for several political candidates.

Mr. Drumm holds a BS in Business Administration from LaSalle University and a Master of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was recognized for academic excellence as a Fels Scholar.

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Marilyn Eckley - Senior Vice President for Enterprise Operations

Marilyn Eckley
Senior Vice President for Enterprise Operations

Marilyn Eckley is Senior Vice President for Enterprise Operations at AmeriHealth Caritas. She is responsible for managing administrative functions, including customer service, claims processing and facilities that support AmeriHealth Caritas across the enterprise.

Prior to her career at AmeriHealth Caritas, she served as an executive director and president at UnitedHealth Group, where she was responsible for growth, operations and strategic development. While there, she helped expand UnitedHealth's Delaware plan membership by 26 percent, and initiated programs to bring innovative health care solutions to the Delaware Medical Assistance and Children's Health Insurance population.

She spent nearly a decade with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, where she was appointed deputy secretary of the Office of Children, Youth and Families. In this role, she oversaw $2.5 billion in resources for more than one million children and families across the state.

Ms. Eckley received her B.A. in speech communication and M.P.A. from Pennsylvania State University. She is certified in the SIX SIGMA executive training program.

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Andrea Gelzer, MD - MS, FACP, SVP and Corporate Chief Medical Officer

Andrea Gelzer, MD, MS, FACP
Senior Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer

Andrea Gelzer, MD, is the Senior Vice President and Corporate Chief Medical Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas. She is responsible for medical management strategy, medical policy development, quality management, corporate provider network strategy and medical informatics for all AmeriHealth Caritas health plans.

Before joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Dr. Gelzer served as the Chief Medical Officer for Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, a managed care plan providing coverage for Medicaid and other low-income residents in Massachusetts. She also served as Senior Vice President Clinical Public Affairs at CIGNA Corporation, and spent 16 years practicing internal medicine.

Dr. Gelzer earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her doctor of medicine from St. George's University. She also received an MS in preventive medicine/administrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. 

Dr. Gelzer serves on the March of Dimes National Public Policy Council. She is also a member of the National Quality Forum's Perinatal Care and Reproductive Health Steering Committee and America's Health Insurance Plans Chief Medical Officer's Leadership Council.

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Russ Gianforcaro - Regional President

Russell Gianforcaro
Regional President

Russell Gianforcaro is Regional President for AmeriHealth Caritas, overseeing the growth and operations of health plans in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Central/Western Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and New Jersey.

Before being named Regional President, Mr. Gianforcaro served as Market President of Keystone First, where he was responsible for the strategic direction, growth and leadership of the health plan, including the daily operations of Medical Affairs, Network Operations, Information Services, Quality, Marketing, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs. Prior to that he served as Chief Accounting Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas, where he provided enterprise-wide financial and accounting oversight for the Company. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for Pennsylvania Managed Care, where he managed all financial services for the company's Pennsylvania health plans.

Before joining AmeriHealth Caritas, Mr. Gianforcaro spent 11 years serving in a financial management role with Health Partners. There, he was responsible for overseeing various financial, regulatory, and operational aspects of that company's external financial reporting, as well as payroll, accounts payable, reinsurance billing, and Medicare reporting.

Mr. Gianforcaro also spent two years serving in a financial management role with several hospitals within the Graduate Health System and six years at Deloitte & Touche, an international accounting firm, where he served various health care, insurance, retailing, property management and leasing clients.

Mr. Gianforcaro has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Villanova University and is also a graduate of the executive program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Pennsylvania and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA and AICPA).

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Michael Golinkoff, PhD, MBA - Senior Vice President

Michael Golinkoff, Ph.D., M.B.A.
President, PerformCare, and Senior Vice President

Michael Golinkoff, Ph.D., M.B.A., is President of PerformCare, a behavioral health care subsidiary of AmeriHealth Caritas. In addition, Dr. Golinkoff is a Senior Vice President for AmeriHealth Caritas, focusing on behavioral innovation to address medical issues in the populations served by AmeriHealth Caritas. He has nearly 30 years of clinical and medical management experience.

Most recently, Dr. Golinkoff was Executive Vice President of Clinical Specialty Operations for Aetna Inc., where he was responsible for clinical and customer service operations centers for both behavioral health and ActiveHealth, Aetna's informatics-based medical management organization. Prior to working at Aetna, Dr. Golinkoff held a number of senior leadership roles for United Behavioral Health.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Dr. Golinkoff is the Treasurer and Chair elect of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness. He has served on the advisory boards of a number of behavioral health and populations health companies. In addition, Dr. Golinkoff is a member of the board for Emily's Entourage, a nonprofit organization raising money to cure cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Golinkoff holds a Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his pre- and post-doctoral internship and fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

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Peter Jakuc - Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Peter Jakuc
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Peter Jakuc is the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas. Before coming to AmeriHealth Caritas, Mr. Jakuc was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Centene Corporation where he had direct responsibility for the company's acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and other growth-related activities. Previously, he worked as an investment banker and served as a naval officer and pilot in the United States Navy.

Mr. Jakuc earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Science degree in Management from Troy State University while in the Navy. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the Society of Financial Analysts as well as the CFA institute.

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J. Michael Jernigan - Regional President, President and Chief Executive Officer, Select Health of South Carolina

J. Michael Jernigan
Regional President, President and Chief Executive Officer, Select Health of South Carolina

J. Michael Jernigan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Select Health of South Carolina, which he founded in 1995 to help low-income families improve access to health care in the state. Its First Choice plan was the first Medicaid health plan in South Carolina and has since expanded to all 46 counties in South Carolina. Plan membership has grown to more than 350,000.

Born and educated in South Carolina, Mr. Jernigan graduated from Clemson University and began his professional career working with hospital clients in 1977. After 20 years with various health provider organizations across the country, he returned to South Carolina to organize Select Health with a mission of helping families access care and stay well while building healthy communities.

Mr. Jernigan's leadership ensured a smooth transition for members, providers and associates in 1999, when Select Health joined the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, one of the nation's leaders in health care solutions for those most in need.

In 2010, Mr. Jernigan assumed responsibilities as a regional president for AmeriHealth Caritas, overseeing growth and operations in seven states. His duties include overseeing new business while supporting growth opportunities in his region.

Developing relationships with organizations committed to improving the lives of children is also a priority for Mr. Jernigan. He currently serves on the board of the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital. He also served five years as board member and president of the National Exchange Club Foundation. He is president of the Coastal Carolina Fair, a member of the South Carolina and National Rural Health Associations and a 2003 graduate of Leadership South Carolina.

He was named Charleston Regional Business Journal's 2010 Health Care Hero in the health professional category. In January 2011, he was awarded the Palmetto Patriot Award by Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their fellow citizens and the state of South Carolina.

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Carol Pandza - Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Carol Pandza
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Carol Pandza is senior vice president and chief human resources officer at AmeriHealth Caritas. She oversees all of the company's human resources functions, including recruitment and onboarding, compensation and benefits, Human Resources information systems, talent management and organizational design, associate and leadership development, client services and associate relations, and diversity and inclusion.

Pandza brings to her role more than 25 years of experience in human resources, with specialties in learning, leadership development, talent management, succession planning, organizational design and development, executive coaching, and culture change and assimilation for mergers and acquisitions. Prior to her current position, Pandza served as vice president of learning, talent management and organizational development at AmeriHealth Caritas, where she helped improve collaboration and efficiency among associates, designed and implemented the company's executive development program, and was instrumental in addressing talent gaps through a variety of workforce development programs.

Throughout her career, Pandza has held a number of key leadership positions for global organizations and served as a consultant for large Fortune 100 national and multinational companies as well as for small businesses and start-ups across a variety of industries, including health care, education and manufacturing. Pandza received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University and holds an instructional design certification from the University of Michigan. She has been designated a Senior Professional in Human Resources since 1995.

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Mesfin Tegenu - MS, RPH, President, PerformRx* LLC

Mesfin Tegenu, MS, RPH
President, PerformRx LLC

Mesfin Tegenu is president of PerformRx LLC, a pharmacy benefits management company, which is a fully owned subsidiary of AmeriHealth Caritas. PerformRx provides next-generation pharmacy benefits to more than 4.2 million people nationwide, focusing on clinical, administrative, operational, product cost control and utilization management services.

Mr. Tegenu provides executive leadership for PerformRx and spearheads new business development nationally.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Tegenu held a number of executive management positions. With more than 20 years of experience in pharmacy managed care, his broad range of experience provides him with the knowledge and expertise to overcome the unique business challenges in providing comprehensive pharmacy benefits.

In addition to his New York State Pharmacy license, Mr. Tegenu holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and an M.S. degree from St. John's University, Jamaica, N.Y.

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