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Presbyterian Health Plan Board of Directors

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 volunteer 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 statewide health maintenance organization and a health insurance company. The Presbyterian Health Plan provides health care financing through products and services designed and delivered to prevent illness and coordinate care for over 400,000 members throughout New Mexico.

Jim Hinton

Jim Hinton

Jim Hinton serves as president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, New Mexico's only private, not-for-profit healthcare system and its largest provider of healthcare. He is the past chair for the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The AHA represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks, and other providers of care through advocacy and public policy.

Mr. Hinton has served in his current role at Presbyterian since July 1995 and has been with the organization since 1983. During his tenure at Presbyterian, Mr. Hinton has led the development of Presbyterian's integrated system, which includes Presbyterian Health Plan, formed in 1985, and Presbyterian Medical Group, formed in 1991.

Mr. Hinton serves as a member of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Board of Directors and as chair of the Presbyterian Health Plan Board of Directors. He formerly chaired the AHA's Committee on Research and the Operations Committee. He also served on the board of Premier healthcare alliance and chaired the board of the Healthcare Institute.

He has been recognized as a Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know by Becker's Hospital Review in 2015 and 2013. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2014 and 2013.

Mr. Hinton received a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Arizona State University in 1983 and a bachelor's degree in Economics in 1981 from the University of New Mexico.

Steve Chreist

Steve Chreist joined the Presbyterian Health Plan Board shortly after his retirement as the head of the Albuquerque office of Mercer Human Resource Consulting. For thirty-five years, he consulted on benefit design and financing for many of the largest employers in New Mexico and the southwest. He has served in many volunteer positions in the community including United Way, All Faiths Receiving Home, Leadership New Mexico, and the Rotary Club of Albuquerque. In addition, he serves on the boards of Delta Dental of New Mexico and Renaissance Health Services Corporation of Michigan. A graduate of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Anderson School of Business, he is currently serving as President of the UNM Alumni Association.

Cathy Eddy

As president of the Heath Plan Alliance, Cathy Eddy has been working with provider-sponsored and independent health plans throughout the country since 1996 with a focus on networking, education, governance, benchmarking and collaborative purchasing. She joined the Presbyterian Health Plan Board in 2005. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for Women Business Leaders in the healthcare industry.

She received her Master's of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Management and Insurance in 1992 from The Wharton School and has spent much of her health care career in managed care, public policy, community health improvement, innovation and communication leadership roles. She also earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Kent State University.

Teresa (Terri) Kline

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.

Lisa Farrell Lujan

Lisa Farrell Lujan

President, Presbyterian Health Plan

Lisa Farrell Lujan joined Presbyterian in 2001 and served as Chief Financial Officer of the Health Plan from 2006-2010 when she was promoted to the position of Vice President, Integrated Care Solutions. In 2013, Ms. Farrell Lujan took on the role of President for Presbyterian Health Plan. She has extensive experience in integrated health systems and has worked in the areas of health plan finance and medical economics.

Prior to entering private industry, Ms. Farrell Lujan was an audit manager with Arthur Andersen, where she specialized in healthcare and public stock offerings. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New Mexico.

Doug Smith

Doug Smith

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.

Michael E. Richards, MD, MPA, FACEP

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.

Helen Wertheim

Helen Wertheim

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.