Executive Leadership

Our Executive Management Team knows that a vibrant, personal and energetic organization starts by having the right people. Since 1979, we've built a solid reputation through a team of healthcare professionals and partners who understand the meaning of integrity.
 

Jeffrey M. Knight

President & COO

Before being officially named The Health Plan's president and COO in 2020, Jeff was its chief financial officer for over 10 years. Prior to joining The Health Plan, Jeff worked in public accounting for Costanzo & Associates...

Before being officially named The Health Plan's president and COO in 2020, Jeff was its chief financial officer for over 10 years. Prior to joining The Health Plan, Jeff worked in public accounting for Costanzo & Associates. Jeff is a certified public accountant and a member of the West Virginia Society of CPAs. Jeff received a bachelor's degree in business administration from West Virginia University, majoring in accounting. He enjoys all outdoor activities and is an avid golfer. Jeff resides in Wheeling, WV with his wife, Kristen and their two children.

Ed Kairis, MD, MMM

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kairis brings 15 years of managed healthcare experience to The Health Plan. As the senior medical director for Gateway Health, he led...

Dr. Kairis brings 15 years of managed healthcare experience to The Health Plan. As the senior medical director for Gateway Health, he led the day-to-day operations of the Medical Management Department with oversight of five medical directors and nine clinicians. Dr. Kairis has experience working with state regulators in West Virginia, in addition to developing medical policy and collaborating with colleagues to develop best practices for utilization management. Prior to moving to managed care, Dr. Kairis worked with Medicaid recipients as an attending pediatric physician at Allegheny General Hospital. 

Dr. Kairis earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and his Master of Science in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is board-certified in pediatrics and holds an unrestricted license in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Dr. Kairis is married and the father of two adult daughters. He enjoys hiking and golf. Dr. Kairis is a board member for Light of Life Mission that serves the homeless population in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dave Mathieu

Sr. VP, Underwriting & Regulatory Services

Since 1989, David has held a number of positions with The Health Plan, including marketing director, vice president of Commercial Sales, and is currently...

Since 1989, David has held a number of positions with The Health Plan, including marketing director, vice president of Commercial Sales, and is currently senior vice president of Underwriting and Regulatory Services. As SVP of Underwriting and Regulatory Services, David oversees all commercial underwriting activities, product development, payment integrity, risk adjustment and state regulatory filings. Prior to his career with The Health Plan, David was the marketing director in South Florida for MetLife Healthcare Network of Florida, Inc.  He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from West Liberty University and his Masters of Business Administration from West Virginia University. David is a former, two-term board member for the Ohio County Board of Education, former chair for Wheeling Health Right Board of Directors, current Main Street Bank board member, Ohio Association of Health Plans delegate, and past marketing committee chair for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. David enjoys biking, softball and pickleball, and has also coached youth baseball and fast-pitch softball in the greater Wheeling area. David resides in Wheeling, WV with his wife, Jill and four children.

Ken “Buck” Bryan

Chief Information Officer

A 30-year veteran in business and information technology (IT), Bryan’s extensive experience in IT strategy and project management delivers world-class technology systems...

A 30-year veteran in business and information technology (IT), Bryan’s extensive experience in IT strategy and project management delivers world-class technology systems, operations and services that enable corporate growth, customer support and facilitation of business transformations.

Bryan served as North American vice president of IT for two United Kingdom-based organizations, Shire Pharmaceuticals and FirstGroup. As owner of Husker Consulting, Inc., Bryan provided guidance to small and mid-size businesses looking to maximize their value and flexibility within their IT departments. As senior consultant and business analyst for Corus360, Bryan designed and built the business case for implementing RPA into the corporate A/P process for Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, GA, saving them over $4M in the first 3 years.

Buck enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and experiencing the great outdoors on his 120-acre farm as a counterbalance to his technology profession.

Ryan Ralston

VP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Ryan joined The Health Plan's Finance Department in 2016. Prior to joining the company, Ryan worked in public accounting at KPMG...

Ryan joined The Health Plan's Finance Department in 2016. Prior to joining the company, Ryan worked in public accounting at KPMG and in industry at both public and private firms, serving in increasingly progressive financial management roles. Ryan is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration degree from Ohio University where he majored in accounting. Ryan also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Richard H. Legg

Sr. VP, Sales & Account Management

Richard has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena from the hospital to the insurance sides of the business.  Prior to The Health Plan, Richard was...

Richard has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena from the hospital to the insurance sides of the business. Prior to The Health Plan, Richard was senior vice president of sales and marketing at HealthSmart Benefit Solutions. He was senior vice president and chief operating officer at Wells Fargo and Acordia National third-party administrators. Richard received his bachelor's degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting and management from West Virginia University. He also received his Masters of Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan University. Richard is licensed in life and health insurance and is active in Society Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA), Self-Insured Institute of America (SIIA) and National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). Richard is an avid golfer and skier. He is married and proud father of two daughters and grandad to two grandsons.

Jason Landers

Sr. VP, Medicaid

Jason has over 24 years of experience of working in a variety of roles in healthcare such as managed care, physician recruitment and relations, business development and practice administration...

Jason has over 24 years of experience of working in a variety of roles in healthcare such as managed care, physician recruitment and relations, business development and practice administration. Jason was plan president of West Virginia Family Health (WVFH) and led WVFH through a time period of losses to a $40 million turnaround and a multimillion-dollar profitability. He also led Highmark WV Medicaid team to grow their provider-sponsored network from a start-up organization to 60,000. Landers has a master's degree in business administration from West Virginia University and a bachelor's degree in business management from West Virginia Institute of Technology. He is active in the Parkersburg Rotary Club, National Quality Forum and WV Association of Health Plans.

Antoinette Geyer

Sr. VP Provider Delivery Services

Antoinette brings over 20 years of experience working in healthcare and network development to The Health Plan. As the vice president of Ohio Market Planning and Performance for CareSource...

Antoinette brings over 20 years of experience working in healthcare and network development to The Health Plan. As the vice president of Ohio Market Planning and Performance for CareSource, she built and maintained relationships with key hospitals, the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Medicaid. She also led a provider relations team that served over 40,000 providers across 88 counties and over 1.3 million members in Medicaid, dual eligible and Medicare Advantage Plans. Antoinette has a diverse background in provider contracting, network development, provider quality data management and business intelligence from positions previously held at HM Health Solutions, HealthPlus of Michigan, and Gateway Health Plan.

She earned her Master of Business Administration, cum laude with a focus on finance from Duquesne University and Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh. Antoinette resides in Wheeling, WV and serves on the YWCA Board of Directors.  She is the proud mom of two sons, each of whom earned undergraduate degrees from her alma maters.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, learning about local history, and visiting her family, most of whom live in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.