OUR EXECUTIVE STAFF

Following the unexpected passing of Consortium President and Chief Executive Officer, Dave Busch, Consortium’s Board of Directors is working diligently to appoint a new President and Chief Executive Officer. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. For questions, please reach out to Customer Relations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kevin Cassidy
Chairman of the Board
Health Care Service Corporation

Joe Albano
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Noah Berger
Anthem National Accounts

Dave Corkum
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Ken Dallafior
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

John Donohue
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Rebekah Elgin-Council
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Chris Fanning
BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota

Kari Hedges, ex officio
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Carlton Hobgood
Florida Blue

Hope Kragh
Premera Blue Cross

Susan Larkin
Independence Blue Cross

Tim Lieb
Blue Shield of California

Sean McTaggart
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Wes Reohr
Capital Blue Cross

Lori Schoonmaker
Highmark

Jason Treece
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Claire Verity
Regence

Rex Warwick
Blue Cross of Idaho

Roy Watson, Jr.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Reggie White
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

STAFF BIOS
Sarah Oliver
Sarah Oliver
Senior Vice President, Market Insights & Consulting

Sarah Oliver is responsible for Consortium’s network strategy development and solution alignment. She serves as a resource for BCBS National Account opportunities to identify, design, and present national network solutions to clients and prospects. In addition, she has supported the national Blue High Performance Network℠ (BlueHPN℠) development efforts, working alongside Blue Plans and BCBSA to frame external market requirements and expectations.

Throughout her 17-year consulting career, Sarah has provided strategic healthcare consulting support and recommendations for a variety of large employers across several industries, advising them on a wide range of topics, including strategy development and execution, vendor procurement, renewals, financial plan management, plan redesign, pricing, health management, employee engagement, and total rewards.

Before joining Consortium, Sarah was a senior healthcare consultant and served as the National Healthcare Delivery Leader for Willis Towers Watson. In this position, she was at the forefront of helping employers evaluate, implement, and operate innovative approaches to delivering care. She has experience with the evaluation and execution of network optimization strategies and solutions, including the viability of onsite health centers, high-performance networks, narrow networks, centers of excellence, direct contracting opportunities, and other value-based contracting approaches such as ACOs.

Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from the University of Iowa.

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Craig Jannino
Craig Jannino
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

As Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Craig Jannino directly supports the president and CEO in implementing Consortium’s mission to position Blue Cross Blue Shield as the preferred carrier for National Accounts. Craig has 30 years of industry experience, leading a variety of strategic consulting, product, people, and sales initiatives.

Prior to joining Consortium, Craig spent 24 years in various leadership roles at WTW. Most recently, he served as WTW’s Health & Benefits Southeast Region Leader, after serving as the firm’s Health & Benefits New England Market Leader and Private Exchange Product and Sales Leader. In all roles, Craig was responsible for driving revenue growth and colleague engagement to enhance the client experience. Throughout the course of his career, Craig has also led several complex National Account relationships.

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Liz Knape, FSA, MAAA
Liz Knape, FSA, MAAA
Senior Vice President, Actuarial & Analytics

Elizabeth (Liz) Knape joined Consortium in 2022 as Senior Vice President of Actuarial & Analytics. In this role, she serves as Consortium’s prime strategic business partner to member Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans across all topics related to strengthening Blue value for National Account employers. She works with Plan actuaries and commercial leaders to ensure accuracy and validity of data, and interfaces with consulting/brokerage firms to ensure Blue value is properly represented in measurement tools.

Prior to joining Consortium, Liz was the market leader for WTW’s Northern California Health  & Benefits practice, and she served as a lead consultant for large, complex employers, helping them design and implement benefits programs for their employees.  She has more than 25 years of industry experience, including consulting and health plan roles.

Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science and risk management and insurance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

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Pete Balisteri
Pete Balisteri
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

Pete Balisteri joined Consortium Health Plans in 2024 as the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Pete’s role is centered on enabling and optimizing Consortium’s mission through the best use of technology and digital platforms.

For over 30 years, Pete has been driving organizational transformation through technology and digital strategy at organizations of all sizes — up through and including Fortune 500. Prior to Consortium, he served as the Chief Information Officer at the New York affiliate of AAA. Over the course of his career, Pete has held senior leadership roles, including CIO, at various insurance, banking, and healthcare organizations.

Pete holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology management with a minor in management economics from Buffalo State University.

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Catie Rhodes
Catie Rhodes
Senior Vice President, Consultant Relations & Sales Enablement

As Senior Vice President, Consultant Relations & Sales Enablement, Catie Rhodes serves as Consortium’s strategic business partner to member Plans as they strive to more deeply engage employer and consultant stakeholders and clearly articulate the Blue system’s compelling value proposition.

Prior to joining Consortium, Catie was the founding Head of Consulting Relations at Cleo, a Series C digital health startup. Before her role at Cleo, Catie was a senior healthcare consultant and served as WTW’s Connecticut Large Market Health & Benefits Leader. In her role at Cleo, Catie developed and led Cleo’s consulting and broker relations strategy. In her consulting roles, Catie has worked extensively with large employers across varying industries, advising them on topics including health and welfare program strategy and design, development of customized wellbeing and clinical strategies, vendor procurements and implementations, and reporting on and measuring effectiveness.

Catie earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Binghamton University.

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