Vice President, Regulatory Affairs; Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, August 2006 to present
Maintain the company’s compliance and ethics program and provide leadership in all facets of corporate regulatory and compliance requirements. Manage the interactions between Blue Cross and external regulatory agencies and the board on issues of compliance, regulation, and ethics.
As a member of the senior management team, help to provide strategy and direction on many legal-related topics including business law, health law, contract negotiations and products and services.
Deputy General Counsel
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, May 2000 to August 2006
Provided legal advice to Blue Cross and its affiliates. Directed legal staff in areas of corporate and regulatory compliance, general health law, provider and member contracting, privacy, government contracts and employment law. Managed activities of legal department in collaboration with General Counsel, including risk management, goal setting, resource allocation, recruitment and budget.
Director, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, 1996 to May 2000
Directed staff in regulatory affairs and state and federal compliance initiatives, including product and contract drafting, regulatory proceedings and implementation of statutory and regulatory requirements. Developed, established and directed a broadly distributed corporate compliance program covering commercial and government business. Lectured on compliance locally and nationally. Directed the internal audit and risk assessment functions.
Counsel, Policy and Legislative Affairs
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, 1989 to 1996
Managed regulatory affairs, developed public policy initiatives and reviewed and drafted legislative proposals.
State of Minnesota, Department of Health
Attorney, 1983 to 1989
Performed legal and regulatory activities in state agency responsible for HMO regulation, including statutory and regulatory drafting, representation in administrative rules proceedings, performing legal review of required industry filings.
Minnesota Executive Program, Carlson School of Management; Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007
Admission and Professional Membership
Bar admitted Minnesota, 1983
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Health Law Section
Board Member, Care Delivery Management, Inc. (2008 to present)
Advisory Board, Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences, University of Minnesota (2007 to present)
Advisory Board, Health Law Institute, Hamline University School of Law (2007 to present)
ESL Instructor, Minnesota Literacy Council (2008-2010)
Life Skills Facilitator, Jeremiah Program (2008-2010)
Board Member, Minnesota Literacy Council (2002-2008)
Board President, Minnesota Literacy Council (2004-2007)