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

Since 1998, Jeff has been a part of The Health Plan's Finance Department. Prior to joining The Health Plan, Jeff worked in public accounting for Costanzo & Associates...

Since 1998, Jeff has been a part of The Health Plan's Finance Department. 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. Jeff serves as vice president of the Mountaineer Girls Softball Association Board, an organization that oversees the recreational softball leagues in Ohio and Marshall counties. 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 and Pennsylvania.

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 served in several positions at The Health Plan: V.P. Sales/Marketing, V.P. Commercial Products, and Sr. Vice President of Underwriting and Regulatory Services...

Since 1989, David has served in several positions at The Health Plan: V.P. Sales/Marketing, V.P. Commercial Products, and Sr. Vice President of Underwriting and Regulatory Services. Prior to his career with The Health Plan, David was the Director of Sales/Marketing for MetLife Healthcare Network of Florida, Inc.  David 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. He is a past chairman of the Wheeling Health Right Board of Directors, Main Street Bank board member and organizer, Ohio Association of Health Plans delegate, and former marketing committee member 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.

Jim Miller

Sr. VP, Administrative Services

Jim joined The Health Plan in 2019. He is responsible for directing and coordinating all aspects of the day-to-day operations for the organization including...

Jim joined The Health Plan in 2019. He is responsible for directing and coordinating all aspects of the day-to-day operations for the organization including claims processing, customer service, and enrollment. Additionally, he leads the operations team to consistently improve customer satisfaction and operational performance.

 

Jim has over 25 years leveraging business processes within healthcare organizations including operations transformation, customer service, contract negotiation, data analytics, strategic planning and execution. As an astute collaborator, Jim has fostered productive customer relationships at all levels, including C-suite leaders.

 

At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield/Gateway Health, Jim provided strategic oversight of existing managed care and long -term Medicaid and Medicare ancillary provider networks while leading high-performing divisions of over 300 employees with budgets of $30M. He also consolidated, centralized and standardized workloads from business teams which heightened process efficiencies and generated annual cost savings of $1.25M.

 

Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from WV Institute of Technology, is a Certified Health Consultant and is also active in his local church as a men’s ministry leader.

Bob Roset

Sr. VP, Information Systems

Since 1986, Bob has been a part of The Health Plan’s IS Department. Prior to joining The Health Plan, Bob worked in the banking industry and owned...

Since 1986, Bob has been a part of The Health Plan’s IS Department. Prior to joining The Health Plan, Bob worked in the banking industry and owned his own computer consulting company for eight years. Bob received a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Wheeling Jesuit University and an associate's degree in Applied Science from West Virginia Northern Community College. Bob volunteers as a Youth Mentor for YSS and is actively involved in various church activities. Bob enjoys traveling, golf and exercising. Bob resides in Wheeling, WV with his wife, Janet and a proud father of two sons.

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 the 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 of 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 of Science 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 health care 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 health care such as managed care, physician recruitment and relations, business development and practice administration. Landers led West Virginia Family Health 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.

Carla Bell

Sr. VP, Human Resources

With over ten years of experience in human resource management, Carla has worked for The Health Plan since 1999. She is PHR and SHRM-CP certified...

With over ten years of experience in human resource management, Carla has worked for The Health Plan since 1999. She is PHR and SHRM-CP certified. Carla is a member of the National SHRM and Upper Ohio Valley SHRM. She also holds a degree in business and human resource management and has acquired her paralegal certification. She is a member of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley Board of Directors and a past board member of Catholic Community Services. Carla is also West Virginia Notary. A resident of Wheeling, WV, Carla is married and the mother of two children. Carla enjoys reading, walking and traveling in her free time.

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 MBA, cum laude with a focus on Finance from Duquesne University and BA in Business and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.