James Wadleigh, Jr. -- Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wadleigh was named Chief Executive Officer in February 2015 and served as Access Health CT’s acting Chief Executive Officer from September 2014 until February 2015. He also served as Access Health CT’s CIO starting in July, 2012 providing direction and oversight for information technology that supports the its strategic direction. Before joining Access Health CT, Mr. Wadleigh worked for CIGNA, a health services organization, where he served most recently as Senior Director of Application Development, Call Center Technologies. Mr. Wadleigh's career spans 23 years in information technology across multiple insurance industries including heath care, property casualty and life insurance, and annuities. Mr. Wadleigh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Peter A. Van Loon -- Director Exchange Solutions
Peter Van Loon has a diverse background, including Fortune 500 and startup experience in healthcare services and technology companies. Mr. Van Loon before Access Health worked at Aetna, and has a strong background in operations, IT, and finance. He also worked at ConnectiCare and CIGNA in finance and underwriting senior leader roles, and as a lead consultant in the IT sector with EDS. He has been deployed twice as a US Navy Captain, to Afghanistan and to Africa, to train local security forces. Mr. Van Loon has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Trinity College, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tamim Ahmed, PhD – Executive Director, All-Payer Claims Database
Tamim Ahmed, PhD, is the Executive Director of All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) for Connecticut. He has 20+ years of experience in delivering strategic and tactical business information to the health plan, employer and health insurance industry. Dr. Ahmed led informatics groups at Aetna, CIGNA, United Healthcare (Optum) and SCIO Health Analytics. His work has been published in various peer-reviewed healthcare journals such as Health Affairs, Medical Care and Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. His specialties include health services research, advanced clinical predictive modeling, patient risk research, population & provider analytics, payer performance, pharmacoeconomics, customer segmentation, and Medicaid and Medicare healthcare analyses.
Steven J. Sigal -- Chief Financial Officer
Steven J. Sigal is Chief Financial Officer of Access Health CT, Connecticut’s state based marketplace contemplated in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Steve is a CPA with over 35 years of diversified financial experience. His background includes senior finance positions for insurance entities Aetna and Travelers, including several involving turnaround and start up efforts. Steve began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was an Audit Manager. Mr. Sigal has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting from Georgetown University, and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is also a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.
Andrea Ravitz – Marketing Director
Andrea Ravitz is the Director of Marketing responsible for developing and managing all marketing, outreach and communications initiatives to retain and growing Access Health CT membership. Andrea first joined AHCT in September 2013 as the Multicultural Marketing Manager where she led marketing and outreach efforts to reach the minority communities lacking health insurance coverage in Connecticut. She has a strong insurance, advertising, brand and marketing background. Prior to joining Access Health CT, Andrea held diverse positions with Aetna, Inc. including Head of Consumer Segments’ Chief of Staff supporting areas such as Medicare, Individual and AARP and brand transition support in its Medicare segment. In March 2012, she became Aetna’s Latin America and Caribbean Marketing Manager, managing the creation, development and execution of all marketing and advertising strategies for the region in support of business objectives and brand awareness efforts. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a BA+M.A degree in Marketing and Communications.
Melinda Brayton - Human Resource Director
Melinda Brayton brings to Access Health CT (AHCT) more than 20 years’ experience in human resources and administrative management with both quasi-public and non-profit organizations. Previously, Ms. Brayton was General Manager and chief human resources officer at Aid to Artisans, an international economic development non-profit, where she led organizational development, strategic planning, performance management, employee relations, and governance processes. She also served as Director of Operations for two organizations, overseeing HR, the budget process, IT, and facilities management. Ms. Brayton received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree from Wesleyan University. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
Ron Choquette -- Director of Small Business Sales & Operations, Broker Support and Training & Education
Ron brings nearly 30 years of professional experience within the health and dental insurance industry to his new role. Prior to joining Access Health CT, Ron assisted with the development and management of daily operations of the small business program within Health Source RI, the insurance exchange program in Rhode Island. Ron’s diverse professional background includes working with insurance industry leaders such as BCBS of MA, Pilgrim Health Care, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and BCBS of RI. Within these companies, Ron held a variety of individual contributor and management roles in sales and service account management, customer service, claims administration and product management. Ron has worked with a variety of account types and sizes, ranging from small businesses to large corporations, hospitals, municipalities, state insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid. Ron earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Providence College, and is a licensed CT Insurance Producer.
James Michel -- Director of Operations
Prior to joining Access Health CT, James was an Audit Portfolio Director in Aetna's Finance Department, responsible for a variety of operational, sales, marketing and underwriting audits for over 8 years. Before that, he spent 9 years as Chief Financial Officer for the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) in Hartford CT. Before the MDC, he spent 10 years with the New York State Insurance Department in a variety of roles. His last role was as a Senior Insurance Examiner executing comprehensive operational, financial, underwriting, sales and marketing audits of life and health insurance companies domiciled and/or licensed in New York State. James has an MBA from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Brooklyn College. He also has done extensive graduate work in Accounting and Economics at Brooklyn College.
Robert Blundo -- Director, Technical Operations & Analytics
Robert Blundo serves as the Director of Technical Operations and Analytics for Access Health CT. Prior to joining Access Health CT, Robert led the development of scalable data operations and analytic solutions for a variety of clients spanning the health payer, provider, and employer space. Robert most recently served as the Director of Analytics at SCIO Health Analytics, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management as well as a Masters in Public Health from the University of Connecticut.
Kathleen Tallarita -- Government & Public Affairs Outreach Manager
Kathleen Tallarita is Manager of Government Affairs and Outreach for Access Health CT, Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace. Kathy is responsible for leading the organization’s outreach and education efforts among state legislators, local and municipal government entities. Her duties include establishing working relationships with civic leaders throughout the state to ensure that AHCT effectively engages and educates residents on the availability of new health insurance options for individuals and small businesses, and leverages existing communication and outreach infrastructures. Prior to joining the Access Health CT senior leadership team in 2013, she served as the Deputy Majority Leader for the Connecticut House of Representatives and as the State Representative for the Town of Enfield. Kathy graduated from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science; Public Administration.
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