Inspired by the purpose to improve the health of the patients, members and communities served, the Presbyterian Health Plan Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated community members who are focused on improving health, improving the experience of care, and improving the affordability of healthcare.
The Presbyterian Health Plan Board of Directors is charged with the oversight of a health maintenance organization and a health insurance company. Presbyterian Health Plan provides health care financing through products and services designed and delivered to prevent illness and coordinate care for more than 450,000 members throughout New Mexico and beyond.
Dale Maxwell serves as President and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system in New Mexico, and the state’s largest provider of healthcare.
Mr. Maxwell has been with the organization since 2000. During his tenure at Presbyterian, Mr. Maxwell has served in a variety of senior leadership positions throughout Presbyterian’s integrated healthcare system. As Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Maxwell oversaw all financial aspects of the organization as well as Information Technology, data and analytics and market development and expansion.
In his previous role as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Maxwell led a successful strategy to issue $375 million in taxable and tax-exempt debt. He also successfully implemented an investment strategy to minimize the risk of the organization’s defined benefit pension plan and oversaw the building of a new administrative office complex.
Previously, Mr. Maxwell served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Presbyterian Delivery System, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Presbyterian Medical Group, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Presbyterian Health Plan. Mr. Maxwell serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Albuquerque Ambulance Service.
Mr. Maxwell earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Seton Hall University in Orange, New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Teresa (Terri) Kline
Terri Kline is a healthcare executive with a blend of payer and provider experience. She has been a successful leader in insurance, managed care, consulting, physician practice management, and outpatient facility management. Ms. Kline currently provides board leadership, strategic consulting, due diligence, and interim management services. In addition, she is a Limited Partner and Member of the CEO Council at Council Capital.
Ms. Kline has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Health Care Management Officer of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), Senior Vice President of HealthSouth, CEO of CHA Health (a University of Kentucky Health System Health Plan), CEO of United Healthcare of Georgia, and as Regional Vice President of Aetna Health Plans. Her experience also includes executive roles with OnCare, PARTNERS National Health Plans, and the Voluntary Hospitals of America.
Ms. Kline serves on the Boards of Directors of LaunchPoint and on the Advisory Boards of NFANT and Medivo. Previously, she served as a Director and Chairman of the Board for Availity, Medecision and Innovista Health Solutions. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kalamazoo College and a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.
Brandon Fryar serves as President of Presbyterian Health Plan, a for-profit subsidiary of Presbyterian Healthcare Services based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a private, not-for-profit organization recognized as one of the top integrated health systems nationally.
Mr. Fryar joined Presbyterian Health Plan as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2014 and has been in his current role since June 2016. Presbyterian Health Plan is the largest locally owned health plan in New Mexico, providing healthcare coverage to 466,000 members statewide. The health plan serves members in commercial, Medicare and managed Medicaid plans throughout New Mexico.
Prior to joining Presbyterian, Mr. Fryar was a partner at Moss Adams LLP, where he led the healthcare industry practice for the Southwest.
Mr. Fryar is actively involved with several organizations including: the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool Transition Advisory Committee; New Mexico State University Accounting Advisory Council; Health Plan Alliance Finance Committee; New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Value; and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Mr. Fryar is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from New Mexico State University.
Michael E. Richards, MD, MPA, FACEP
Dr. Richards currently serves as the Executive Physician-in-Chief, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Clinical Affairs Officer for the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health System. He is also a professor of Emergency Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Richards has focused much of his academic and administrative activities on hospital and health system preparedness. He has held positions as the Medical Director for the New Mexico Office of Health Emergency Management and the Director for the UNM Center for Disaster Medicine.
Dr. Richards received his medical degree from East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina. He completed his residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He received a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1989.
Doug Smith has served as Executive Vice President for Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2000; he first joined the organization in 1995. In his current role, Mr. Smith provides operational oversight of the organization’s more than 100 programs statewide, including approximately 50 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Community Health Centers which provide medical, dental and behavioral health services, as well as homecare and hospice programs, Head Start/Early Head Start, residential treatment programs and other community-based collaborative projects.
Mr. Smith has been involved with many community and professional organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership New Mexico. He is a member of the Southwest Primary Care Association, National Association of Community Health Centers, American College Healthcare Executives, and the New Mexico Primary Care Association, Legislative Committee.
Mr. Smith received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Finance from New Mexico State University and is a graduate of the 2004 Leadership New Mexico Core Program.
Helen Wertheim graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Arizona and began her career in the financial services industry in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1988, she moved back to Albuquerque and served as President and CEO of Charter Insurance Services, which was nationally recognized for performing in the top quartile of same size agencies for operational efficiency and financial management, successfully selling the business in 2009. Her specialties include financial management, operational efficiency, and community and social relationship building.
Ms. Wertheim has been very active in community affairs serving on a number of boards including the United Way of Central New Mexico, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the YWCA of Central New Mexico, and the International Women's Forum New Mexico. She was a founding member of the United Way's Women In Philanthropy Council, and a Governor's appointee to the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women. She is a graduate of the Leadership Albuquerque Class of 2000.