Karen B. Johnson named Chair of MVP Health Care Board of Directors

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The Board’s priority will be to support MVP’s leadership as the company continues to adapt to a quickly changing health care marketplace.

Karen B. Johnson has been named Chair of the MVP Health Care Board of Directors.

This is an exciting and interesting time to be working in health care. MVP’s focus on helping to make our members and the communities we serve healthier demonstrates our overall commitment to wellness.

MVP Health Care’s Board of Directors has elected Karen B. Johnson as Chair. She took over leadership of the Board January 1, after serving as Vice Chair since January 2009. Alan Goldberg is now serving as Vice Chair.

Johnson, who has served as a member of MVP’s Board for the past 15 years, recently led the search committee that named Denise V. Gonick as MVP’s President and CEO, the first CEO transition in the company’s history.

Johnson said the Board’s priority will be to support MVP’s leadership as the company continues to adapt to a quickly changing health care marketplace, including preparing for the new Health Benefit Exchanges.

“This is an exciting and interesting time to be working in health care,” Johnson said. “MVP’s focus on helping to make our members and the communities we serve healthier demonstrates our overall commitment to wellness.”

After having been elected to the Schenectady City Council in 1975 and serving as President of the City Council from 1980 to 1983, Johnson served as Mayor of the City of Schenectady from 1984 to 1992. She has been a member of the Schenectady County Legislature since 2000 and is currently Vice Chair of that body.

Johnson holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She led the successful $30 million expansion campaign at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, where she continues to work as Manager of Planned Giving.

Additionally, Johnson devotes significant time and energy to community groups. She is a former Board Member of Highlights for Children, a business started by her grandparents, and of Living Resources, Sunnyview Hospital, United Way and the Refreshing Spring Day Care Center, to name only a few.

She lives in Schenectady and is the mother of two adult sons and the grandmother of three boys.

Vice Chair of the Board, Alan Goldberg, was formerly President and CEO of First Albany Corporation. He has held many community leadership roles including currently serving as Chairman of the Board of the Palace Theater in Albany. He has also led the boards of the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Center for Economic Growth and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Menands.

In addition to Johnson and Goldberg, the MVP Health Care Board of Directors for 2013 is comprised of:

  •     Wallace Altes of Troy, NY
  •     Michael Copeland of Rochester, NY
  •     Burt Danovitz of Utica, NY
  •     Richard J. D’Ascoli, M.D., of Schenectady, NY
  •     Joseph DePaolis of Rochester, NY
  •     Richard F. Gullott, M.D., of Scotia, NY
  •     Herschel Lessin, M.D., of Poughkeepsie, NY
  •     Ernest Levy, M.D., of Cooperstown, NY
  •     William Reddy of Rochester, NY
  •     Jon Rich of Alplaus, NY
  •     Arthur Roth of Loudonville, NY
  •     Michael Schneider, M.D., of Rochester, NY
  •     Debbie L. Sydow of Abingdon, VA

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About MVP Health Care

Founded in 1983, MVP Health Care is a community-focused, not-for-profit health insurer serving members in the states of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. Through its operating subsidiaries, MVP Health Care provides fully-insured and self-funded employer health benefits plans, dental insurance, and ancillary products, such as flexible-spending accounts, to more than 650,000 members. For more information, visit http://www.mvphealthcare.com.

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