• Jeff RoeJeff Roe, Chief Executive Officer and President of Premera Blue Cross

    Jeff Roe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Premera Blue Cross.

    Roe joined Premera in 1996, served in roles leading the company's Employer and Individual market segments, and became President in January 2014.

    His leadership in insurance also includes positions as Co-President of Safeco Insurance and Chief Marketing Officer for Torrent Technologies. Roe started his career in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Senator Slade Gorton and later consulted as a member of The Gallatin Group, a public affairs firm.

    Roe serves on the boards of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Washington Healthcare Forum, the National Institute for Health Care Management and the Visiting Committee of the University of Washington Economics Department.

    At the University of Washington, Roe earned bachelor's degrees in economics and political science and a master's in Business Administration.

    Executive Vice Presidents

  • Jim MessinaExecutive Vice President and Chief Marketing Executive

    Jim Messina is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Executive. Jim has responsibility for top-line growth and bottom-line results across all markets and business lines throughout the Premera family of companies. These markets include those served by Premera Blue Cross as well as Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon, and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington. In addition, Jim is responsible for Premera’s Marketing, Business Development, Member Engagement, and Wellness and Consumerism activities and Premera’s Ancillary Products including Vivacity, a Premera affiliate.

    Jim joined Premera in January 2009 as Vice President and General Manager, leading sales efforts for National, Labor & Special Accounts, and Consulting Services. Messina’s career spans 25 years in the insurance industry where he held various strategic, business, and financial planning positions with a number of health plans.

    Prior to joining Premera, he served as President and CEO of CareSite Pharmacies. Jim previously served as CEO and President and as Executive Vice President of Operations of HealthMarket, a consumer-driven insurance company. He also served in senior level roles at CIGNA and UnitedHealth Group.

    Messina received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.

    John EspinolaExecutive Vice President, Healthcare Services

    John Espinola, M.D. is the Executive Vice President of Healthcare Services. He was formerly Vice President of Quality, Medical Management, and Provider Engagement at Premera Blue Cross. He provides leadership for Premera's strategy to ensure customers receive healthcare services they need with the customer experience they want and deserve. Healthcare Services is comprised of two departments: Healthcare Delivery Systems is primarily responsible for provider contracting and provider services, while Integrated Health Management (IHM) offers programs that improve quality and safety of care and the members' experience with healthcare services.

    John joined Premera in 2010. Prior to that, he served in various roles at other health plans. He also practiced geriatric medicine in the Seattle metro area in a variety of settings.

    John is board certified in geriatrics and internal medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Scripps Clinic in San Diego and in geriatrics at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has a Doctor of Medicine and Masters of Public Health degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine: a master's in business administration from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Kitty CramerExecutive Vice President, Chief Legal & Risk Officer

    Kitti Cramer is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Risk Officer. In this role, she oversees Congressional and Legislative Affairs and Corporate Communications. Cramer also has direct oversight of the Regulatory Affairs Program, Privacy Program, and the company's implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including the exchanges. Cramer also serves as Deputy General Counsel and Privacy Official for Premera.

    She's been with Premera since 1998, in positions of increasing responsibility in the Legal & Regulatory Affairs Department, most recently serving as the Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs.

    Kitti holds a Bachelors of Science in psychology as well as a master's degree in health administration from the University of Washington. Kitti received her JD from the University of Washington School of Law.

    Kent MarquartExecutive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    Kent is responsible for the Premera family of companies’ finance, actuarial, knowledge services, underwriting, and healthcare economics departments. He is president and CEO of NorthStar, Premera’s joint venture investment entity in China.

    Kent came to Premera Blue Cross from American Dental Specialist Inc., where he served as chief executive officer. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of western operations and chief financial officer of the western operations of MedPartners, Inc., the nation's largest publicly held physician practice management company. He has also held positions in healthcare management with PriMed Management Consulting, Inc. He was with KPMG Peat Marwick for 19 years and was a partner in the Los Angeles and Phoenix offices.

    He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin.

    Kacey KempExecutive Vice President, Operations

    Kacey Kemp is Executive Vice President of Operations for Premera Blue Cross. In this capacity, Kemp oversees claims, customer service, membership and billing, and national account operations. She is the executive leader for Premera's Business Continuity, Crisis Management Team, Lean and Data Governance.

    Kemp has held a number of leadership positions at Premera, including Executive Vice President of IT and Senior Vice President of Operations.

    Kemp graduated from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business Executive Development Program. She has served as an ambassador for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign in King County and on the Board of Trustees for Childhaven. Currently, she serves on the Board of Sherwood Community Services. Kemp enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

    Mark GregoryExecutive Vice President, IT and Chief Information Officer

    Mark Gregory joined Premera Blue Cross in March 2015 as Senior Vice President, IT and Chief Information Officer. He was promoted to Executive Vice President, IT in July 2016.

    Mark oversees technology and all technology services, cybersecurity, and strategic operations. He is responsible for ensuring Premera's technology roadmap aligns with its business strategy.

    Before joining Premera, Gregory served as Senior Vice President and CIO for HomeStreet Bank, one of the largest community banks on the West Coast. He previously held multiple senior leadership positions during his 17 years with Safeco Insurance.

    Gregory earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science at Park College in Kansas City, Missouri.

    He is a past president of the Mukilteo Lacrosse Board and current member of the Mukilteo Family YMCA Board.

  • Senior Vice Presidents

  • Beth JohnsonSenior Vice President of Health Care Delivery Systems

    Beth Johnson is Senior Vice President of Health Care Delivery Systems for Premera Blue Cross. She is responsible for provider contracting, provider service, and network management.

    Johnson started as the Vice President of Provider Network Management at Premera in May 2014. In that capacity, she directed network development, provider relations management and contracting for all of the Premera and LifeWise markets for medical, dental and ancillary services.

    Johnson has over 25 years’ experience in the health insurance industry. Prior to joining Premera, she served as Vice President Network Management & Contract Strategy for Regence Blue Shield where her responsibilities included contracting and managing the relationships with all provider networks for Regence. Johnson also held leadership roles at First Choice Health, and MultiCare Health System.

    Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, as well as a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of South Carolina. She and her husband reside in Edmonds with their three children.

    Cecily HallSenior Vice President, Human Resources

    Cecily M. Hall is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Premera Blue Cross. Cecily is responsible for recruiting, talent development and training, benefits, compensation, HR-related compliance, and associate relations.

    Prior to joining Premera in 2013, Cecily spent nearly 18 years with Microsoft Corporation as the Director of Employee Benefits. While at Microsoft, she was responsible for managing more than 65 benefit plans and programs, serving 140,000 employees and family members. Her contributions to Microsoft's benefit plans and strategies gained recognition from the Clinton White House for innovative benefits. In 2009, she was asked to talk to the President and his staff on healthcare strategies that improve health and reduce costs. Hall also has previously held leadership positions with Nordstrom, Carena Inc., and MedEncentive.

    Cecily has been honored for her leadership by The American Cancer Society, The Autism Society of America, Families for Early Autism Treatment, The Florida Association for Behavioral Analysis, and The University of Washington Experimental Education Unit. She has served as a visiting faculty member for the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education.

    Cecily serves as a board member of Virginia Mason's Bailey-Boushay House. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Overlake Hospital Medical Center and the Business Advisory Group for the Joint Commission.

    Cecily HallSenior Vice President of Customer & Digital Experience

    Curtis Kopf is a visionary leader and digital innovator who has built industry-leading customer experiences at Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, and Amazon.com.

    As Vice President of Customer Innovation for Alaska Airlines, Curtis built award-winning mobile apps and customer feedback programs, as well as pioneered such innovations as online bag-tags, and the use of biometrics.

    Curtis has held a variety of leadership roles in his career. He served as Amazon's first general manager in the UK and developed curriculum and taught at the University of Washington's Mobile Business Strategy Certificate Program. He has an undergraduate degree in English from Brown University and a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

    Curtis is a board member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.

    David BrazaSenior Vice President, Healthcare Informatics and Chief Actuary

    David Braza is Senior Vice President, Healthcare Informatics and Chief Actuary at Premera. He's responsible for all analytics functions of the finance department, including healthcare economics, knowledge management consulting, healthcare informatics analysis, corporate informatics, and actuarial services. He previously served as Vice President & Chief Actuary, Actuarial Services at the company.

    David joined Premera in 1996 and has more than 20 years of work experience in the actuarial profession. He's a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He started his career working for a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance as a Casualty Actuary. He has worked in the healthcare industry since 1994, first with Milliman USA as a consultant, then Health Net, and Premera.

    David has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Georgia State University, where he majored in actuarial science.

    JaJa OkigweSenior Vice President, Strategic Development

    Jaja Okigwe is Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Premera. He oversees Premera's corporate development function, which includes strategy formulation, strategic initiative development, incubation of new healthcare programs, vendor management, program management and Premera's innovation programs.

    Prior to joining Premera, Jaja was Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for McKesson Medication Management, a division of McKesson Corporation. His responsibilities included new service development, alliances, partnerships, and acquisitions. Jaja also held several positions with Deloitte Consulting, where he led projects to develop strategy, implement new technology, and redesign processes for insurances companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and healthcare providers.

    Jaja holds an honors degree in government from Harvard University, and he earned an MBA from HEC Paris.

    Jim GrazkoSenior Vice President of Underwriting

    Jim Grazko is President of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska & Senior Vice President of Underwriting. Jim has responsibility for establishing and achieving long- and short-range operational, membership, and financial goals for Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska. In his underwriting role, Jim works with the business to achieve membership and financial objectives, providing pricing and underwriting support for all product lines. He also oversees production of group, member, and provider contracts. Jim participates as a member of the Washington State Health Insurance Pool (WSHIP) Board of Directors, where he chairs the Grievance Committee.

    Prior to joining Premera, Jim served as Director of Underwriting for Health Net, where he ran underwriting for their western region. Jim also worked as a consultant with Ernst & Young in the firm's Actuarial, Benefits, and Compensation practice.

    Jim graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with a BS in Mathematics. He also holds a master's degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

    John PierceSenior Vice President, General Counsel

    John joined Premera in 2005 and has been senior vice president and general counsel since March 2008. He has been instrumental in resolution of major outstanding litigation and in repurposing the legal and regulatory department to create stronger relationships with its customers within Premera.

    John is responsible for the legal and regulatory affairs of the Premera family of companies, including providing counsel to the board and senior management on legal issues, defending litigation brought against the company, managing outside counsel, and executing a proactive regulatory strategy.

    Pierce has been involved in the healthcare industry in this region for the past 20 years, much of that time as an executive with Regence Blue Shield and more recently with responsibility for business development strategies for Script IQ. Pierce received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School and his Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University.

    Ken ChandlerSenior Vice President, National Accounts

    Ken Chandler is the Senior Vice President of National Accounts for Premera Blue Cross. Prior to this, he was the Vice President/General Manager of National Accounts, Labor, and Public Programs. Chandler has more than 25 years of experience in the health insurance industry.

    During his career Ken has held senior leadership positions with several large multi-state insurance carriers. He has been responsible for overseeing operations with hundreds of employees, and has designed and implemented processes to establish efficient/cost effective work environments. Chandler was also the Director of Internal Audit for two large hospital systems in California. He's currently responsible for all sales activities related to National Accounts, Labor, Public Programs, and Wellness and Consumerism at Premera. In addition, Ken continues to be the Account Executive for the Microsoft account. Previously, he was accountable for the operational functions for all national accounts business. Ken has also served as the Vice President of Operations for LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon, with responsibilities for customer service, claims payment, membership and billing, and system maintenance.

    Ken is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Financial Services Auditor.

    Phil Colmenares, M.D., MPH, CHIESenior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

    Dr. Phil Colmenares, MD, MPH, CHIE, is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Premera Blue Cross. He leads Integrated Health Management (IHM), a division of Healthcare Services, to establish the strategic direction and achieve results for all clinical programs (utilization management, pharmacy, care management), quality, risk adjustment and accreditation. Dr. Colmenares joined Premera in June 2016.

    A retired U.S. Navy veteran, he achieved the rank of Commander. Dr. Colmenares served aboard the USS California as the Chief Radiation Health and Chief Medical Officer. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. He was a staff physician in the Emergency Department at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Rota, Spain, and Chair of the Emergency Department at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Sigonella, Italy.

    After leaving the military, Dr. Colmenares worked in increasing capacities as a clinician at Dean Clinic and a medical director at Dean Health Plan in Madison, Wis. In August 2012, he became interim Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Senior Medical Director (SMD) for Security Health Plan in Marshfield, Wis. In October 2013, he became the first CMO of WPS Health Insurance and Arise Health Plan, also in Madison, WI.

    Dr. Colmenares holds a bachelor's degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, and his master's in Health Policy and Administration (MPH) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and holds a Certificate of Health Insurance Executive (CHIE) from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). He has a special interest in Health Technology Assessment, Quality and Appropriateness Analytics. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Colmenares also has a special interest in immigrant and Latino health issues.

  • About Premera Blue Cross

    At Premera we serve 2 million people—from individuals and families to Fortune 100 employer groups.

    As the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest, we provide comprehensive, tailored services to customers in Washington and Alaska that include innovative programs focused on wellness and prevention, disease management, and patient safety. We deliver these programs through health, life, vision, dental, stop-loss, disability, workforce wellness, and other related products and services.

    We're committed to controlling rising medical costs while ensuring access to quality care for our members.