Our Executive Committee Members

The Task Force Executive Committee provides guidance on the strategic direction of the Task Force, and serves as the “north star” for organizational priorities. The Executive Committee is comprised of eight senior executives who represent the 4Ps: patients, payers, providers, and purchasers. The Committee is chaired by David Lansky, Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health.

Fran S. Soistman
Task Force Chair

Executive Vice President, Government Services, Aetna

Fran S. Soistman

Task Force Chair

Executive Vice President, Government Services
Aetna

Fran S. Soistman is Executive Vice President of Aetna and President of the Government Services segment. He’s responsible for driving growth in the company’s Medicare, Medicaid, and Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. In addition, he’s responsible for growing Aetna’s presence within the Affordable Care Act expansion through Individual and Public Exchanges. These combined businesses account for approximately $29.0 billion in revenue, nearly 48% of Aetna’s total revenue.
Mr. Soistman has more than 30 years of experience in health insurance and managed care. Prior to joining Aetna, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and co-founder of Jessamine Healthcare, a firm focused on strategic investment opportunities in the health care industry. Before his tenure at Jessamine, Mr. Soistman held several senior leadership positions at Coventry Health Care, including Executive Vice President for the Individual Consumer and Government Business Division. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s individual Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicaid and commercial individual products, which served more than 2.5 million members across the United States.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Towson University and is a graduate of The Stanford University Executive Program.

Mary Beth Kuderik
Task Force Treasurer/Secretary

Chief Strategy and Financial, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Mary Beth Kuderik

Task Force Treasurer/Secretary

Chief Strategy and Financial, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Mary Beth Kuderik serves as Chief Strategy and Financial Officer of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, the largest non-governmental purchaser of retiree health care in the United States, where she oversees $56 billion in assets that provide benefits to approximately 700,000 retirees and their dependents.
Since 2009, Ms. Kuderik has channeled her commitment to creating a new model of health care for the Trust by focusing on the unique needs of its retirees and their families. A key component of her success at the Trust included developing benefit designs and contracts focused on access, quality of care, cost, and member affordability. This includes pioneering changes to a three-tier medication program, evaluating and delivering Medicare Advantage Plans, increasing access to preventive care and wellness programs such as smoking cessation, cardiac rehabilitation, and disease management. These accomplishments earned Ms. Kuderik a 2011 CFO Award by Crain’s Detroit Business and recognition as CFO of Distinction.
She spearheads a team of financial analysts, auditors, and consultants that review benefits, health care plan risks, controls, and compliance, which has generated substantial annual cash savings and improvements. Her continued responsibilities include the Trust’s internal and external financial and regulatory reporting, finance management and operations, investment operations and independent risk management, purchasing, regulatory filings, budgeting, forecasting, analytical review of activities, carrier finance negotiations, and contracting.
Ms. Kuderik joined the Trust after 28 years with General Motors where she specialized in financial management, post-retirement benefits, health care finance, auditing, and compliance and controls. Additionally while at General Motors, she directed $59 billion U.S. post-retirement benefit obligation (OPEB) finance operations and $4.6 billion U.S. health care cash management and forecasting activity.
Ms. Kuderik earned a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Dayton. She served on the City of Detroit Financial Advisory Board and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Blair Childs
Committee Member

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier Healthcare Alliance

Blair Childs

Committee Member

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier Healthcare Alliance

Blair Childs is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Premier, leading the Advocacy, Communications, Safety and thought leadership units and serving on the company’s executive team. He works with the Congress, White House, and other policymakers involved in health policy.
Childs has been at the center of policy issues for more than two decades, playing a leading role on issues impacting medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurers, and hospitals. Childs has held senior management positions in professional, trade, and advocacy associations and a Fortune 25 company.

Richard J. Gilfillan, MD
Committee Member

CEO, Trinity Health

Richard J. Gilfillan, MD

Committee Member

CEO, Trinity Health

Richard J. “Rick” Gilfillan, M.D., is CEO of Trinity Health, the $15.8 billion Catholic health system that serves communities in 21 states with 88 hospitals, 126 continuing care facilities, and home health and hospice programs that provide more than 2.5 million visits annually.
Dr. Gilfillan has been a leader in U.S. health care for more than 25 years, building successful organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. As the first director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), he launched the Center in 2010 and worked quickly with payers and providers to develop innovative models for improving patient care and reducing costs.
Dr. Gilfillan began his career as a family medicine physician and later became a medical director and a chief medical officer. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin J. Klobucar
Committee Member

Executive Vice President, Health Care Value, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Kevin J. Klobucar

Committee Member

Executive Vice President, Health Care Value
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Kevin J. Klobucar is executive vice president of Health Care Value, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He previously served as BCBSM senior vice president and president and CEO of Blue Care Network.
As BCBSM executive vice president, Health Care Value, Mr. Klobucar is responsible for product development, provider contracting and network management, medical and pharmacy management, as well as wellness program and care management delivery across all lines of business for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Previously, Mr. Klobucar was vice president of Products and Marketing and greater Michigan regional executive for BCN. He also held executive positions including vice president of Family Health Centers for BCN, vice president of Business Development and Product Support for BCN, and chief operating officer and director of Finance and Treasurer for BCN of East Michigan.
Mr. Klobucar earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University’s Executive MBA program. He’s also a certified public accountant.
Mr. Klobucar is a member of the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County, Greater Detroit Area Health Council, McKesson Health Solutions Strategic Council, and KLAS Advisory Board.

David Lansky, Ph.D.
Committee Member

President & CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health

David Lansky, Ph.D.

Committee Member

President & CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health

David Lansky, PhD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) and directs its efforts to improve the affordability and availability of high quality health care. Since 2008, Mr. Lansky has led the coalition of 50 large employers and health care purchasers representing over three million Californians, including CalPERS, Wells Fargo, Intel, Safeway, Walmart, Boeing, and the University of California. PBGH also collaborates with diverse stakeholders on national health care policy issues through the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance.
A nationally-recognized expert in accountability, quality measurement, and health IT, Mr. Lansky has served as a board member or advisor to numerous health care programs. He is now the purchaser representative on the federal HIT Policy Committee, and chairs its Strategy and Innovation Workgroup. He also serves on the Congressional Budget Office Health Advisors Panel and the Board of the Alliance for Health Reform.
He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed papers on outcomes research and quality measurement and holds a PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Debra Ness
Committee Member

President, National Partnership for Women & Families

Debra Ness

Committee Member

President, National Partnership for Women & Families

For more than three decades, Debra Ness has been a strong, unwavering advocate for fairness and social justice. She has an extensive background in health and public policy, and possesses a deep and unique understanding of the issues that face women and families at home, in the workplace, and in the health care arena. Before assuming her current role as president, Ms. Ness served as executive vice president of the National Partnership for 13 years. She has strengthened the organization’s standing as one of the country’s most powerful and effective advocates for women and families.
Ms. Ness leads the Campaign for Better Care, an initiative that’s working to ensure health care reform is implemented in ways that improve health care for the oldest, sickest, and most vulnerable patients.
She graduated summa cum laude from Drew University with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and sociology. After completing graduate work in social welfare and public health policy, she received her Masters of Science from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Ms. Ness lives in Rockville, Maryland.

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