October - Disability Empowerment Awareness Month

Understanding the Business Model for Diversity and Disability

Monday, October 7, 2019
12:30–2 p.m.
1511 Van Munching Hall


Maynard McAlpinJoin Victor C. Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs and diversity officer at the Smith School,  as he facilitates a conversation with Maynard McAlpin, the chief operating officer of Versant Health.

Participate in a lunchtime dialogue discussing diversity and disability within the health field.

As chief operating officer, McAlpin manages all operations and information technology for Versant Health. With 25 years of experience, he'll lead its newly unified group to advance business performance as well as continuously improve customer satisfaction and retention.

"Maynard has held a variety of executive leadership roles that directly relate to our business, and has a long history of achievement in his career," says Kirk Rothrock, chief executive officer at Versant Health. "He is a strong and passionate leader and I look forward to his contribution to Versant Health's vision of becoming the most trusted managed eye health and vision plan for members, clients, brokers, and providers in the industry."

A U.S. Navy veteran with more than 10 years of service, McAlpin joins Versant Health from HM Health Solutions, a Highmark subsidiary, where he was vice president of delivery services and implementation. McAlpin also served as president and chief executive officer at Mokxa Technologies, as well as Charted Health Plan. He has also worked at Aetna, where he was managing director of enterprise strategic planning, and at CareFirst, where he held a variety of executive leadership positions.

McAlpin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University, as well as a Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration.

About Versant Health
Versant Health is one of the nation's leading managed vision care companies serving more than 33 million members nationwide. Through our Davis Vision plans and Superior Vision plans, we help members enjoy the wonders of sight through healthy eyes and vision. Providing vision and eye health solutions that range from routine vision benefits to medical management, Versant Health has a unique visibility and scale across the total eye health value chain. As a result, members enjoy a seamless experience with access to one of the broadest provider networks in the industry and an exclusive frame collection. Commercial groups, individuals, third parties, and health plans that serve government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid and Medicare are among our valued customers.


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