Leadership Team and Board of Directors
RMHP Leadership Team
Steve ErkenBrack - President & Chief Executive Officer
Steve ErkenBrack currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Health Plans. Prior to this position, he served as Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs for the organization from 2002 to 2008.
For more than 25 years, Mr. ErkenBrack worked as an attorney with an emphasis on litigation, government affairs, and health care. He maintained a private practice with offices in Grand Junction and Denver. Mr. ErkenBrack served six years as Mesa County’s elected District Attorney and four years as Colorado’s Chief Deputy Attorney General.
Mr. ErkenBrack’s significant legal and health care acumen has been recognized on a regional, statewide, and national basis. The Colorado legislature appointed Mr. ErkenBrack as the only health plan representative to serve on Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. Mr. ErkenBrack is the former Chair of Club 20’s Health Care Committee, and is a founding member of the Mesa County Health Leadership Consortium. In 2011, Mr. ErkenBrack was appointed to the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Board of Directors. Previously he has served as the Chair of the Board of Law Examiners for the Colorado Supreme Court, and President of the Colorado District Attorneys Council.
Mr. ErkenBrack received his undergraduate education at the United States Naval Academy and Washington & Lee University, and his law degree from the University of Colorado.
Laurel Walters - Chief Operating Officer
Laurel D. Walters is responsible for overseeing all components of the organization’s operational functions, including customer satisfaction, professional payment and recoveries, and professional relations.
Previously in her role as Director of Front Range Provider Administration, Ms. Walters was a guiding force in the expansion and growth of the company on the Front Range.
Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Health Plans in 2001, she garnered over 16 years of Colorado health plan experience with leadership roles in regulatory affairs, marketing, and service integration at PacifiCare Health Systems.
In addition to her responsibilities as COO, Ms. Walters chairs the RMHP Operational Excellence Implementation Team.
Pat Duncan - Chief Financial Officer
In 2002, Patrick Duncan, CPA joined RMHP as the Director of Finance. In September 2003, he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer. His previous experience includes management and administration of audit and transaction engagements; oversight, preparation, and distribution of financial, accounting, administrative reporting, compliance and risk management; and budgeting and forecasting at such companies as Coopers & Lybrand and Republic Resources, Inc.
Mr. Duncan received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1988 and has been a CPA since 1990.
Kevin R. Fitzgerald, M.D. - Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer, Kevin R. Fitzgerald, M.D. oversees all clinical programs and medical policies. Since joining RMHP in 2009, Dr. Fitzgerald has been a guiding force in the company’s expansion of innovative programs in quality improvement, care management, and pharmacy utilization.
Dr. Fitzgerald has been a physician in Colorado since graduating from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1989. After completing his residency in Family Medicine at Mercy Hospital in Denver, he continued on as Chief Resident. He later joined a Family Medicine practice in the Denver area, where he practiced full time and part time for 15 years. He is a former medical director and Vice President of Utilization Management at Physician Health Partners, a large Denver-based physician-owned management group. In 2007, he assumed the position of Medical Director at United HealthCare.
Neil Waldron - Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Neil Waldron is responsible for all facets of statewide commercial sales and marketing, and driving increases to membership and market share through strategic initiatives. As a highly regarded industry leader, Mr. Waldron has an outstanding reputation for innovation and improvements to financial performance.
Before joining RMHP, Mr. Waldron served as President and CEO of Sloans Lake Managed Care, where he won acclaim for bringing the company to profitability after five years of losses and positioned Sloans Lake as an innovative health plan. More recently, he was national head of sales and marketing for Aetna’s small group and mid-sized divisions, as well as Senior Vice President at Great West HealthCare in charge of sales, underwriting, product development, and marketing.
Mr. Waldron began his career in the insurance industry with Metropolitan Life in New York in 1975, before assuming the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MassMutual in 1988. He has managed multi-million dollar budgets, supervised teams of hundreds of employees, improved relationships with brokers, Members and providers, and launched innovative, consumer-driven products focused on wellness and preventive care.
Mr. Waldron holds a B.A from Eisenhower College where he graduated magna cum laude.
Mike Huotari - Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs
Mike Huotari serves as the Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs for RMHP. Mr. Huotari is a nationally recognized attorney, with nearly 30 years experience in health care business and law. Previous to his position with Rocky Mountain Health Plans, he served as Executive Director for the Colorado Association of Health Plans. Prior to that, he held the positions of Vice President and General Counsel for DMCare, Inc., a disease management company and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans and affiliated companies in Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. Additionally, he was in private practice of law in Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Huotari’s public service in Colorado included two years as Chairman of the Colorado Hospital Commission. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General representing the Colorado Department of Health. Mr. Huotari has served as a member of the board of directors of several health care companies and civic and charitable organizations. Mr. Huotari received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Jim Swayze- President and Chief Executive Officer, CNIC Health Solutions, Inc.
Jim Swayze has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CNIC Health Solutions, Colorado’s largest third party administrator of employee benefit plans, since 2007. He has served as a member of the CNIC Board of Directors since 2004, when CNIC became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rocky Mountain Health Plans.
With more than 20 years of self-funded and fully-insured health care experience in the Colorado marketplace, Mr. Swayze brings to RMHP and CNIC extensive leadership capabilities and the ability to develop strong and positive working relationships with employers, brokers, and providers.
Mr. Swayze holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ursinus College, where he majored in Economics and Business Administration.
RMHP Board of Directors
Michael (Mike) Blackburn
Mr. Blackburn is an owner of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction and a graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science.
Pamela Hanes, PhD
Dr. Hanes, President and CEO of Colorado Health Institute, has many years of experience in health policy formulation, health services research and program evaluation. Her PhD is from The University of California at Berkeley. She also holds degrees from California State University at Sacramento and West Virginia University.
Corinne M. Johnson
Ms. Johnson is an attorney and the executive director of the Colorado Health Facilities Authority. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt and has a J.D. from Georgetown University.
William (Bill) Kelley, MD
Dr. Kelley is a practicing pulmonologist in Grand Junction and a graduate of Rutgers and the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
William J. (Bill) Kirven III
Mr. Kirven is an attorney and insurance consultant. He was formerly a Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Colorado. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Los Angeles and has a J.D. from the University of Denver School of Law.
Gary Knaus, MD
Dr. Knaus is a practicing family physician in Carbondale and a graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Mr. Launer is president of the Bank of Colorado in Grand Junction and a graduate of Washburn University.
Arthur Curtis Robinson
Mr. Robinson is a retired CPA and a graduate of Western State College in Gunnison.
Ms. Schwenke is President and CEO of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Briar Cliff University.
Bio to be added soon
Mr. Stahl was a founder of Hilltop Health Services Corporation in Grand Junction and served as its CEO from 1970 until he retired in 1998. He is a graduate of Huron College in South Dakota and the University of Southern California.
David Terry, DO
Dr. Terry is a practicing family physician in Grand Junction and a graduate of Emporia State University in Kansas and the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City.
Jay Want, MD
Dr. Want is a practicing internist in Denver. He graduated from Wabash College and Northwestern University Medical School.
Robert G. (Bob) Wilson
Mr. Wilson is a CPA and graduate of Western State College. Prior to his retirement, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Rocky Mountain Health Management Corporation for 17 years.