Executive leadership team wellcare

Ken was named CEO of WellCare Health Plans in January 2015. He leads the company in its mission to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare solutions for the company’s members, providers and government customers. Ken joined WellCare as president, national health plans, in January 2014. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer in June 2014 and was named a member of the board of directors in December 2014.

During his 38-year career in healthcare, Ken spent 14 years as an executive with UnitedHealth Group, rising through positions of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president, national underwriting, CEO of UnitedHealthcare and CEO of the company’s Secure Horizon retail Medicare business. He began his career at Cigna where he spent 15 years in various underwriting, sales and marketing roles.


Throughout his career, Ken has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the board of directors of the United Way in both Minneapolis and Phoenix. He currently serves as the 2020 board chair-elect for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national trade association representing the health insurance community, and board chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest one-to-one youth mentoring organization.

Drew was named executive vice president and chief financial officer in October 2016. He leads the company’s financial activities, including financial and performance management, capital strategy and planning, actuarial, medical economics, internal controls, investment management, corporate development and investor relations. Previously he served as senior vice president and CFO. He joined WellCare in August 2014 as senior vice president.

Darren was named senior vice president and chief information officer in April 2016. He is responsible for further advancing WellCare’s technology capabilities to support the company’s focus on growth and innovation opportunities. Since joining WellCare, Darren has introduced an innovation practice, which is used to create creative solutions to challenges impacting WellCare members and providers. He reports to the CEO and serves as a member of the executive leadership team.

Prior to joining WellCare, Darren spent more than 15 years with Anthem, formerly WellPoint, Inc., where he provided leadership for a broad variety of technology initiatives. Most recently, he served as vice president of business transformation, where he developed innovative solutions to improve health care for members and providers. Prior to assuming this role, Darren held roles of increasing responsibility, serving as a director, staff VP, VP and VP/CIO of Anthem’s commercial business unit. Darren also served as a senior project director with Access Systems, LLC and as a product manager with Reynolds and Reynolds.

Most recently, Anat served as divisional vice president, associate general counsel, litigation for Abbott Laboratories, a global diagnostics, medical device, nutrition and branded generic pharmaceuticals manufacturer. In this role, she had oversight of the company’s commercial litigation; intellectual property litigation; government investigations; significant compliance internal investigations and remediation; and labor and employment counseling.

Dr. Mark Leenay was named senior vice president and chief medical officer for WellCare Health Plans in July 2017. He is responsible for executing on the clinical vision for WellCare with a particular focus on population health management and delivering clinical value. He leads WellCare’s clinical strategy and policy to improve members’ health outcomes and clinical and system integration, while reducing overall healthcare costs. Previously, he was chief medical director of care model.

Dr. Leenay has more than 30 years of clinical and operational experience. Prior to joining WellCare in 2016, he served as a chief medical officer and senior vice president within various divisions of Optum. In these roles, he supported clinical solutions in the U.S. and abroad overseeing clinical programs ranging from wellness to complex condition management.

Previously, Dr. Leenay served as chief medical officer for the Medicare and retirement business of UnitedHealthcare with accountability for clinical programs, medical payment policy and network relationships. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Leenay directed the palliative care division at the University of Minnesota, Fairview after 10 years of community-based clinical practice.

Rhonda was named senior vice president and chief public affairs officer in August 2016. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s corporate communications, public policy and government affairs, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, diversity and inclusion, employee volunteerism and brand management.

Most recently, Rhonda served as the managing director of corporate social responsibility at Paul Hastings, LLP. She had oversight of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy; charitable giving; pro bono and volunteer efforts; and environmental sustainability. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer for ING U.S./Voya Financial and president of the ING U.S./Voya Foundation. She previously served as ING U.S./Voya Financial PAC treasurer, ethics officer and conducted government affairs on behalf of the company. Rhonda has also had an extensive legal career, which includes roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, the National District Attorney Association’s American Prosecutor’s Research Institute, and the South Carolina Office of Attorney General.

Rhonda serves as the chairman emeritus of The Executive Leadership Council, president of the Thirty Percent Coalition and sits on the board of directors for the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and previously served on the boards of the Citizens Committee for Children in New York, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, America’s Promise, YWCA USA, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals, the UC Berkeley HAAS Center for Responsible Business and the Woodruff Arts Center.

Before assuming her current position, Kelly served as senior vice president, division president and product, with responsibility for WellCare’s operations in Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. In this role, she led the company’s Medicaid product development function and had oversight of WellCare’s Center for CommUnity Impact, which helps connect members to community-based programs and resources by navigating the social safety net.

From 2013 to 2015, Kelly served as state president of Kentucky. Under her leadership, WellCare of Kentucky was named the number-one plan of choice and the number-one plan for customer service in the commonwealth. Prior to this, she served as chief operating officer in Kentucky from 2012 to 2013 and as senior director, state operations and regulatory affairs, for WellCare’s Ohio health plan from 2006 to 2012.

Mike was named executive vice president, clinical operations and business development in October 2016. He provides executive leadership over WellCare’s clinical services operations including utilization management, care management, quality and pharmacy along with business development. He is responsible for delivering operational excellence in support of effective and efficient coordination of care to best meet member needs and for helping to drive the company’s strategic growth efforts. Mike joined WellCare in September 2015 as senior vice president, clinical operations and business development.

Prior to that, Mike served as the chief executive officer of Health Essentials and has more than 25 years of experience in the managed care industry including Medicaid and Medicare health plan management, medical group administration, business development, operations and state public affairs at companies including UnitedHealthcare, Lifemark and Optum.

Michael has served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer since April 2014. He leads and directs the WellCare’s corporate compliance and ethics program, and oversees the company’s compliance with the laws and regulatory requirements applicable to the company and all of its divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates. He reports to the CEO and Audit, Finance and Regulatory Compliance Committee.

Prior to joining WellCare, he spent nine years with Rite Aid Corporation, first as government affairs attorney, then as director, government affairs, and ultimately as vice president, regulatory law & compliance monitoring and privacy officer. Prior to joining Rite Aid, he was an attorney with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.