Chief Executive OfficerRead bio
Heather Cianfrocco is the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). Prior to this role, Heather served as Senior Vice President of Health Advancement and Clinical Transformation for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. Before joining Medicare & Retirement, Heather served in a number of leadership roles with UnitedHealthcare Community & State including Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy and Operations, Northeast Region CEO, Southeast Region CEO, and Community Plan of Pennsylvania CEO. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Heather worked in private legal practices in Pittsburgh where she concentrated on corporate and securities law, representing health care entities in mergers and acquisitions.
Senior Vice President, Policy & StrategyRead bio
Catherine is the Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy at UnitedHealthcare Community & State and is responsible for shaping the policy agenda, along with positioning UnitedHealthcare as the preeminent thought leader in state and federal health and social programs. Catherine has extensive experience supporting policy makers to develop sustainable programs focused on improving outcomes.
Chief Financial OfficerRead bio
Jean Benson is Chief Financial Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State where she oversees the financial management of the business. Prior to this role, Jean served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance at Optum (a division of UnitedHealth Group) responsible for activities including strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, pricing, actuarial services, corporate consolidations and capital. Before joining UnitedHealth Group, Jean served in a number of executive positions at companies within the financial services industry including MoneyGram International, Inc. and Metris Companies. She started her career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche.
Senior Vice President, Integrated Health and Social ServicesRead bio
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner is the Senior Vice President of Integrated Health and Social 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. Previously, Dr. Brenner served as founder and Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in Camden, NJ, and owned and operated a solo-practice, urban family medicine office providing health services to local Medicaid populations.
National Vice President of Business DevelopmentRead bio
Roger Brown is the Vice President of Business Development for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid business where he leads our Business Development team. He is responsible for designing and leading strategies to retain and grow our markets to best support our government customers. Prior to this role Roger was with our Military & Veterans segment, and before joining UnitedHealthcare had nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the Defense Industry, both private sector and active duty, retiring as a Colonel from the US Air Force in 2012.
Chief Medical OfficerRead bio
Dr. Stephen Cha is Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, where he oversees clinical strategies and programs while acting as the liaison for critical clinical initiatives. He also plays a key role in clinical thought leadership and serves as a subject matter expert in care decisions throughout Community & State. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Cha served as the Group Director in the State Innovation Group at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He has also served as the Chief Medical Officer at the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS), and is a practicing physician. Dr. Cha has a strong background in dynamic health policy thought leadership, health care transformation, and quality reporting.
Chief Marketing and Communications OfficerRead bio
Steven Cragle is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community & State where he leads the marketing and communications organizations. In this role, Steven is responsible for market development, member acquisition, engagement and retention, internal communications and external initiatives designed to protect and enhance the company’s reputation. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Steven served as Vice President of Global Communications at Merck, an American pharmaceutical company located in New Jersey.
Senior Vice President, StrategyRead bio
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 Close Gaps by 5 (Minnesota Early Learning Foundation), and serves as the Board Chair for Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of MN (Minnetonka).
Vice President, Human CapitalRead bio
Christa Emerson leads the Human Capital team at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, Christa oversees all aspects of human capital strategy and delivery including talent management, employee and leader development, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to this role, she served in a number of leadership positions for the organization, including Vice President of Human Capital for UnitedHealthcare Global, and Director of Compensation Operations for UnitedHealth Group. Before joining UnitedHealth Group, Christa worked in Human Resources for Verizon.
Chief Operations OfficerRead bio
Rashmita Mistry is the Chief Operating Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State where she leads the organization’s short and long term operational goals. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer at Community & State, she served as Senior Vice President of Benefit Operations for Consumer Services for UnitedHealthcare’s Employer & Individual business. Before joining UnitedHealth Group, Rashmita held a number of senior level positions leading Global Health Benefits at Cigna, and Global Core Operations at Citigroup.
Chief Growth Officer & Executive Market LeadRead bio
Sue Schick is Chief Growth Officer & Executive Market Lead for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. As Chief Growth Officer, Sue is responsible for designing and building national, innovative strategies to support government customers and help our members live healthier lives. In her Executive Market Lead role, Sue provides leaders guidance and supports 15 states across the country. Prior to this, Sue was the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania, and before that, held a variety of leadership positions, including National Vice President of Distribution Strategies and Regional Vice President of Sales. She joined UnitedHealthcare more than 15 years ago and has over 25 years of leadership experience in the health care and benefits industry. Sue also serves on the Board of Trustees for both the March of Dimes and Randolph-Macon College.
Executive Market LeadRead bio
Tim Spilker is the Executive Market Lead for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. As Executive Market Lead, Tim provides leadership, guidance and support for 15 states across the country. Prior to this role, he served in a number of leadership positions within UnitedHealthcare Community and State, including Northeast Region CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas Chief Executive Officer, Vice President of Consumer Engagement, and Executive Director of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Nebraska. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Tim worked in a variety of industries, including consumer products, community development banking, and nonprofit organizations. Tim earned an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Masters in Healthcare Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.
Senior Vice President, National Network StrategyRead bio
Chris Stidman serves as the Senior Vice President of National Network Strategy for UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this role, Chris oversees all aspects of network strategy, including ensuring our comprehensive provider network meets our state customers’ requirements and is tailored to the unique needs of our members. Additionally, Chris develops strategies and solutions to bring enhanced quality and efficiency to the health care system. Prior to this role, he served in a number of leadership positions for the organization, including President of the United Health Foundation and Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at UnitedHealth Group. Before this, Chris worked at Optum, holding roles in Network Solutions, Complex Population Management and leading our relationship with AARP.
General CounselRead bio
Eric Wexler is the General Counsel for UnitedHealthcare Community & State where he leads Community & State’s Legal Department. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, he served as the General Counsel for Great Lakes Health Plan until it was acquired by UnitedHealthcare in 2004. Eric is an accomplished health care lawyer with extensive experience in government contracting litigation, health insurance law and Medicaid Managed Care. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, and a Juris Doctor degree, from Michigan State University.
Executive Diversity & Inclusion LeadRead bio
Yasmine Winkler is the Executive Diversity & Inclusion Lead for UnitedHealthcare Community & State where she focuses on diversity imperatives throughout UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid business. She is recognized for her ability to develop and match innovative business solutions to the needs of the market, and her customer focus in delivering health and wellness services to UnitedHealthcare members. In addition to her role as Executive Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Yasmine serves on UnitedHealthcare’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and UnitedHealth Group’s Innovation Forum, which she founded in her prior role as Chief Marketing, Product and Innovation Officer for UnitedHealthcare’s commercial business.
Chief Compliance OfficerRead bio
Chris has served as Chief Compliance Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community & State since January 2010. He is responsible for the oversight and compliance strategy for the Community & State Medicaid business. Before joining UnitedHealthcare Community & State, Chris was the Corporate Compliance Officer and Senior Legal Counsel for the pharmaceutical benefit management company, Prime Therapeutics LLC. He has also served as legal counsel for OptumHealth (a UnitedHealth Group company) and HealthPartners, in addition to pervious roles as an attorney, health plan compliance professional, and a state insurance regulator. Chris received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.