Charles Belch has more than 20 years experience in the field of insurance programs for associations and self-funded health plans. Recently semi-retired and doing consulting, he's the former chief executive officer of Employee Benefit Managers, Inc. of America. The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based company was formed in 1990 as a vehicle for servicing the human resource and group insurance needs of employers in Indiana. At EBM, Charles guided the development of an administration system that supports employer-based Single Employer Trusts. He also started his own TPA, which has grown from 100 to 30,000 members, and teaches courses for insurance professionals.
Greg Johnston has a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of state government. His company Johnston & Associates, based in Jefferson City, Mississippi, taps this knowledge as it lobbies on behalf of corporate interests and provides clients with strategic counsel to help formulate and execute business strategies. Prior to forming Johnston & Associates, Greg served as director of legislative affairs in the office of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan. He oversaw lobbying activities for 3,800 members as director of governmental affairs for the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association and led political campaigns and organized a grassroots effort to defeat a state amendment through the Committee to Protect Missouri's Future.
Donald K. Morford
Don has been active within the insurance industry holding various senior level positions over his distinguished career.The first twenty years were spent with the Spokane insurance brokerage firm McGovern-Carroll Co. until it was sold to Fred S. James. Fred S. James then sold to Transamerica where Don was in charge of the western United States operations. Transamerica sold James to Sedgewick Group PLC in 1989. From 1989 to 1997, Mr. Morford served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sedgwick James, North America and CEO of its benefits company. He then served as Vice Chairman for Sedgwick, Inc. North America, and was a director of the company. Formerly known as Fred S. James & Co., Inc., Sedgwick was the primary United States operating company of Sedgwick Group, a worldwide insurance brokering, risk management, and employee benefits company acquired by Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. in 1998, with whom Don served as vice chairman for three years. Most recently, Donald is a principal with DKM Consulting, an insurance brokerage consulting firm. Donald earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a graduate degree from New York University.
Cheryl Scott is currently the Senior Advisor to the President in the Global Health program, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she helps build capacity and expertise across teams. Prior to her advisor role, she was the chief operating officer and oversaw all major operational functions and increased the foundation's organizational and grant making capacity. Before joining the foundation, Cheryl served for eight years as president and CEO of Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative, one of the oldest and most respected integrated health care systems in the U.S. She also served as Group Health's executive vice president and chief operating officer. Cheryl is a clinical professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, where she teaches a graduate seminar on leading complex adaptive systems.
John J. Sullivan
John J. Sullivan is an attorney whose interest in insurance matters goes back nearly two decades. He has extensive experience as a representative for the insurance industry and helped form the Medical Savings Insurance Company where he currently serves on its Board of Directors. John maintains a litigation and lobbying practice with the law firm of Miller, Muller, Mendelson and Kennedy in Indianapolis, Indiana. He served as an outside lobbyist for Golden Rule Insurance Company focusing on portability of health insurance and medical savings account, both of which became part of the HIPPA law passed in 1996. He has worked for Congressman Michael Harrington, D-Mass., served on the Indiana Recount Commission and served as the Indiana chairperson for Dick Gephart's and Bob Kerrey's presidential campaigns.