Our Board

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    Norm Varin
  • Douglas Fry

    Douglas Fry
  • Linda Duer

    Linda Duer
  • “Fernando

    Fernando Veloz

  • Travis Packer

  • Bill Cafferty
  • Kathy Brashear

    Kathy Brashear
  • Darcy Wagner

    Darcy Wagner
  • Sean White

    Sean White
  • Robert Schmidt

    Robert Schmidt
  • Dan Ripley

    Dan Ripley
  • Keith Paduch

    Keith Paduch
  • Lydia Aguirre

    Lydia Aguirre
  • Marcia Jedry

    Marcia Jedry

Executive Board

Norm Varin

Norm Varin

  • BOARD POSITION: Chairman
  • COMPANY: PacificSource Health Plans/Idaho Physicians Network
  • www.ipnmd.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2012

As Executive Director for Idaho Physician’s Network (IPN), the largest independent provider network in Idaho, Norm oversees strategic planning and operational excellence from IPN’s Boise office.  In a concurrent role as Director of Government Relations for PacificSource, Norm Varin works with government officials and internal colleagues to support review, implementation and compliance with state and federal laws.  Previously as Manager of Underwriting, Norm was responsible for matching appropriate rates to existing and predicted risks. Norm joined Primary Health in 2007, later acquired by PacificSource in 2009. Prior to joining Primary Health, Norm worked for Regence BlueShield of Idaho for 15 years. He has more than 17 years of experience in all aspects of Underwriting and Actuarial activities. For two years Norm held the position of Manager of Field Marketing responsible for addressing market opportunities and challenges relating to product, price, network, and channel. He has been a member of the State of Idaho Reinsurance Board for small employer and individual products during the last ten years and current chairman of the Employers Health Coalition of Idaho. Norm is also secretary of the Compass Public Charter School board.  Norm graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor of science in applied mathematics and a master of science in statistics

Douglas Fry

  • BOARD POSITION: Vice Chair & Marketing/Membership Outreach Committee
  • COMPANY: Strategic Employee Benefit Services
  • boise.strategicebs.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2010

Douglas has spent much of his time in Idaho working for two health carriers in Idaho, Pacific Source Health Plans and Primary health. He managed a third party administrator that specialized in claims for large self-funded employers and ran his own multi-line insurance agency in the Treasure Valley. Douglas is active in the National Association of Health Underwriters. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Douglas has been in Idaho since 2000 and enjoys spending time with his children.

Linda Duer

Linda Duer

  • BOARD POSITION: Secretary
  • COMPANY: Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • www.saintalphonsus.org
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2010

Linda Duer is the Chief Operating Officer for the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance. The Health Alliance is a physician led network sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Health System to advance quality, efficiencies and overall care coordination across the healthcare continuum.

Prior to joining the Saint Alphonsus, Linda was the Executive Director of IPN where she oversaw contracting, reimbursement, and credentialing of IPN’s provider network. Linda has over 20 years of working collaboratively with both providers and payors and has successfully developed two statewide provider networks.

Linda received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Eastern Washington University and holds a K-12 teacher certification. Linda’s spare time is spent officiating Division I college track meets, volunteering for several community service organizations and spending time with her family.

Fernando Veloz

Fernando Veloz

  • BOARD POSITION: Treasurer (also YourHealthIdaho Exchange Board Representative)
  • COMPANY: MS Administrative Services, Inc
  • www.msadmin.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2007

Fernando has been in the health industry for over 20 years. He is the CFO at MS Administrative Services, Inc., a Meridian company that provides third party administrative services, and specializes in employee benefits). In addition, Fernando serves on the Your Health Idaho, Exchange Board and presides on the Finance Committee and Chairs the Marketplace Committee. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Idaho, with the Chartered Global Management Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist designations (American Institute of CPA's) and a member of the Idaho Society of CPA's, American Institute of CPA's and local chapter. In addition, he is a Certified Business Manager with financial acumen. While serving on the board of EHCI, his vision is grow the membership and educate member organizations to become the "go-to" entity for all employer health related matters, utilizing all available resources the valley has to offer. He is passionate about what he does and it shows in his enthusiasm.

Fernando loves to spend time with his family and is an avid golfer that prefers Idaho's summers, although in the winter months, he still loves to be outside and is active serving on the board of the Professional Ski Instructors of America – Northern Intermountain Division, and is a volunteer ski instructor helping to teach adults and children with disabilities to ski. He served as a Special Olympics coach and continues to dwell on what his professional and personal strengths can offer to others and help them to succeed.

Committee Chairs

Travis Packer

  • BOARD POSITION: Membership Retention Committee Chair
  • COMPANY: Select Health
  • selecthealth.org
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2012

Travis is the Idaho Senior Sales Executive for SelectHealth. He is responsible for broker relations and membership growth in SelectHealth’s expansion into the Idaho market. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 10 years, a portion of that time running his own multi-line insurance agency. Prior to his career in the insurance industry, Travis worked as an Industrial Hygienist and Safety Engineer for a large manufacturing company.

Travis is a graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. He and his family recently relocated to Boise from east Idaho. Travis is active in the Boy Scouts of America and is a founding member of the charitable organization, Haiti Sak Plen.

Bill Cafferty

  • BOARD POSITION: New Membership Committee Chair
  • COMPANY: Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • saintalphonsus.org
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2013

Bill has worked for Saint Alphonsus since 2002.  He is the manager of Corporate Development for the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance and in this role, he cultivates relationship with area brokers and employers and helps them to see the value a relationship with the Alliance could bring to their health plans.  Prior to his career at Saint Alphonsus, Bill managed a home medical equipment business for many years… helping to fit custom wheelchairs to individuals with special needs.

Bill has a beautiful wife (Lynn), three awesome children (Jolene, Shanna & Eric) and three perfect grandchildren (Abel, Pepper and Walker William). In his spare time, he enjoys various sporting events, assisting with Conservation efforts and youth development (Pheasants Forever) hunting, fishing, and various horse competitions (reining, cutting, Omoksee, Tennessee Walkers…).

Kathy Brashear

  • BOARD POSITION: Speaker Committee Co-Chair (also SHIP Board Representative)
  • COMPANY: Futura Tile & Escrow Corp. / AmeritTitle / Alliance Title & Escrow Corp.
  • Amerititle.com and Alliancetitle.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2015

Kathy Brashear is Alliance Title’s Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, based in the corporate office in Boise, Idaho. She joined the Alliance Title team in 2001 and has been in the human resources industry since 1979. What she enjoys most about her work is helping employees become successful and the challenges of supporting managers and employees located in 70 locations in five states.

Kathy relocated to the Boise community in 1995 from Baker City, Oregon.  Prior to coming to ATEC, Kathy worked for the USDA Forest Service for 13 years in HR Management.  Once relocating to Idaho and settling into the community, Kathy began providing HR consulting services to many local companies.  In 1998, Kathy accepted a position with Hewlett-Packard in their HR Division.  As Hewlett-Packard sold off the manufacturing division to Jabil Circuit, Inc., Kathy then took on managing all Staffing & Recruiting activities for Jabil Circuit, Inc. Kathy was a member of the HR Management Team that supported 1,300 employees locally and also served on Jabil’s Global Recruitment Team.

Kathy attended Oregon State University and continues to be a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, Human Resources of the Treasure Valley, actively involved in the Idaho Youth Ranch, past member of the Boise State Technology Board, and National Associate of Professional Women.  Kathy is an NNU Foundation Chairman of the Board since 2006 and is actively involved in the success of NNU.   In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband Todd, son Ross James, and daughter Katy Ann.

Darcy Wagner

  • BOARD POSITION: Speaker Committee Co-Chair
  • COMPANY: Echelon Group
  • echelongroup.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2015

Darcy Wagner is an Employee Benefits Consultant for Echelon Group. Echelon Group specializes in managing health benefits and retirement plans. Echelon Group is at the forefront of cost containment strategies and works as a partner with its clients to find the best solutions.

Prior to working with Echelon Group, Darcy spent 13 years as an elementary teacher and a Gifted and Talented Facilitator.

Darcy was raised just outside of Seattle on Bainbridge Island, and moved to Boise in 1997 after graduating from Western Washington University. In her spare time, Darcy is busy raising two boys and can usually be found cheering them on at one of their numerous sporting events.

Sean White

  • BOARD POSITION: Speaker Committee Co-Chair
  • COMPANY: Mercer
  • mercer.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2016

Sean is a senior consultant in Mercer’s Boise and Seattle offices and currently provides ongoing health and welfare benefits consulting as well as leads and participates on strategic client assignments throughout the northwest. He has over eighteen years of experience in the design, pricing and administration of health and welfare programs, with a focus on multi-year benefits and wellness strategy, financial analysis and consulting, including self-insured plan cost projections, trend analysis, plan performance, contribution strategy and design, plan design review, benchmarking and redesign, and IBNR development.

Sean is also a member of Mercer’s Total Health Management Design specialty group and has worked with a number of clients on the development and design of total health management programs. Sean also participates on the Mercer Actuarial and Financial national sub-committee responsible for the development of Mercer’s bi-annual internal trend guidelines.

Sean has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Business Administration from Seattle University.

Robert Schmidt

  • BOARD POSITION: Legislative Chair
  • COMPANY: Milliman Incorporated
  • milliman.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2012

Robert Schmidt, FSA, MAAA, EA, is a principal and consulting actuary with Milliman. He is the manager of the Boise, Idaho, office and joined the firm in 1987.

Robert works with a variety of corporate, public, and multiemployer clients, with member bases that range from a few hundred to more than 100,000 individuals. He specializes in healthcare and retirement plan consulting. His healthcare consulting assignments have included general consulting, health care reform strategy analysis, benchmarking analysis and surveys, estimation of liabilities and reserves, benefit design, self-funding feasibility studies, health vendor RFP consulting, Medicare and non-Medicare exchange consulting, and post-retirement benefit valuations. His retirement plan consulting assignments have included actuarial valuations, assumption studies, asset/liability studies, defined benefit and defined contribution plan design, and administrative consulting.

Robert consults to boards of directors, special committees, legislative groups, financial directors and staff, administrative directors and staff, and collectively bargained groups.

Robert is a frequent speaker before professional and client groups and has authored articles on current employee benefit issues for Milliman Perspectives, Milliman Client Action Bulletins, Milliman Blogs, CCH Compliance Guide for Plan Administrators, and the Journal of Pension Benefits.

Dan Ripley

  • BOARD POSITION: Governance Committee Chair
  • COMPANY: St. Luke’s Health System
  • stlukes.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2012

Dan has been with St. Luke’s Health System as a Sr. Benefits Analyst for 4 years. Prior to joining the St. Luke’s benefits department he was a Benefits manager for both Albertsons Inc. and Supervalu for 16 years managing both health and welfare and retirement plans. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance through the College of Idaho and Masters in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University.

Dan loves to spend time with his family and the many outdoor activities throughout Idaho including snow skiing and golfing. He also volunteers with little league baseball as both a coach and umpire.

Keith Paduch

  • BOARD POSITION: Marketing/Membership Outreach Chair
  • COMPANY: IntegraFlex
  • www.integra-flex.com
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2012

Keith Paduch, CEO began his career in the healthcare industry in 1995 after graduating from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine. Throughout his career, he has been involved in many aspects of the healthcare industry. He made his start in health and wellness, owning and operating a personal fitness training studio for a number of years before becoming involved as a provider with HealthSouth in 2000. He later stepped into the insurance arena as an independent health insurance broker starting in 2001 and later joined with Corporate Benefit Services of America (CBSA) in 2003. At the time, CBSA was the fourth largest Third Party Administrator of self-funded medical plans in the United States.

During his time as a health insurance broker and working for CBSA, Keith became very familiar with the insurance industry and was on the cusp of the Consumer-Driven Health Care (CDHC) era and its introduction into the marketplace in 2003. Watching the marketplace take shape, Keith became involved with providing Third Party Administration for the CDHC model and utilization of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Through Keith's vision and seeing where the marketplace was heading, this is where IntegraFlex was developed and has turned into the company that it is today.

Over the years, Keith has seen the overall healthcare industry struggle from every aspect, from having been involved in its many arenas. We all know and it is no secret, healthcare costs continue to escalate and will continue, if we do not start to take action.

Both, the healthcare and health insurance systems are broken and expensive, and many people are in a reactive mindset regarding their healthcare; rather than taking a proactive approach.

Change is perceived as difficult, time-consuming and complicated. However, this perception can no longer continue. The crisis before us needs to be approached from a long-term perspective; healthcare benefits need to stop being viewed, as a commodity.

For these reasons, Keith strongly feels the answer to this problem is a consumer-driven, participatory health care plan that focuses on employee wellness and preventative health.

Because of this, Keith has authored, IF You Are Well: Health and Wellness Tips for Empowered Healthcare Consumers. He has been a leader for over 20 years and an advocate in the healthcare industry for what he refers to as, the Consumer-Driven Health Care evolution.

Lydia Aguirre

Lydia Aguirre

  • COMPANY: Idaho Housing and Finance Association and The Housing Company
  • www.ihfa.org
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2004

Lydia has been with Idaho Housing and Finance Association for 23 years, as Director of Human Resources, and is also Director of HR for The Housing Company directing all HR and payroll activities for both organizations. She has been an HR Generalist for 35 years, for variety of industry types. Current certifications are SPHR (Senior Professional in HR), CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional). Prior to IHFA, Lydia worked in the private sector for large national corporate environments. Prior to IHFA she worked for Micron, Boise Cascade Corp., and Ore-Ida Foods, a subsidiary of Heinz USA. Lydia previously and presently serves on several HR related Boards throughout the Treasure Valley. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Boise State University, and completed graduate level coursework at BSU. Prior to entering the corporate world, she was a teacher certified to teach K-12, and taught Elementary, Junior High, and High School classes.

Marcia Jedry

  • COMPANY: Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI)
  • iaci.org
  • ACTIVE SINCE: Member since 2014

Marcia is the Director of Finance and Marketing for IACI and has worked for the association eight years. Since 1974, the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACI) has been Idaho's most effective business lobby. An important and influential force in Idaho politics representing every facet of business and industry in the state, IACI is proud to be the association of Employers Advocating Economic Opportunity in Idaho®.

Marcia has a wealth of knowledge in business and association management, finance, marketing, lobbying and how to effectively shape public policy for employers in Idaho. She has experience starting up, growing and running a successful commercial cleaning business with her husband and business partner here in Idaho. She knows the importance of client relationships and networking with people of all professions as this is her passion with everything she does.

Marcia graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance.  In June 2014 Marcia earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry.

Marcia has a vast array of experience serving on non-profit boards. She was one of the founding members and served on the Board of Directors of the Intermountain Jet Boat Association (IJBA). The IJBA is a non-profit organization for jet boaters and often deals with legislative issues both on the State and Federal level. She also served as the Treasurer of the Western Whitewater Association (WWA) for two years during her four years of Board tenure there. Marcia recently served a two year term as the Executive Director for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Idaho (NAIFA Idaho). For the past two years Marcia has served on the YMCA Strategy and Community Planning Committee.

Marcia resides in the Boise area with her husband and son. They enjoy everything Idaho has to offer including camping, hiking, fishing and boating.