Assuring Coverage--Medicaid and Exchanges
Charles KrogmeierDirector, Iowa Department of Human Services
Charles J. Krogmeier was appointed Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) by Governor Culver and Lt. Governor Judge in 2009. The Iowa DHS serves approximately 832,000 Iowans each year. DHS services include health care through Medicaid and health insurance for children through hawk-I. Among many important functions, DHS is the lead agency for behavioral and mental health care, provides child support collection services, financial assistance, child care, foster care, and long-term care support for the elderly and disabled. Mr. Krogmeier has three decades of experience in state and local government. He previously served as Chief of Staff in the Governor’s Office. He was also Director of Management, First Deputy Secretary of State, and Deputy Attorney General of the State of Iowa. Krogmeier also served two terms as an elected member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors and was in private legal practice in both Polk and Lee Counties. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a JD degree from Drake University Law School.
Susan VossCommissioner, Iowa Insurance Division
Susan E. Voss is a graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and received a J.D. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Ms. Voss held a number of different positions with Iowa state government until she was appointed Insurance Commissioner in January 2005. In addition to regulating insurance, the Commissioner also regulates securities, funeral home services, cemeteries and a variety of regulated industries. She is chair of the Iowa Underground Storage Tank Board and is a member of the children’s health insurance s-chip board known as hawk-I. Ms. Voss is the President-Elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC.)
Kristine HenningsDirector, Employee Benefits, Hy-Vee, Inc.
As the director of Hy-Vee's benefits department, Kristine oversees all employee wellness programs, as well as the administration of medical, dental, disability and life insurance benefits for over 31,000 lives, as well as comprehensive health and wellness program initiatives for more than 50,000 Hy-Vee associates. These initiatives have not only positively impacted employees but have stabilized and/or reduced benefits costs. Ms. Hennings is a graduate of Simpson College. She started with Hy-Vee in its retail operations in 2004 and oversaw management development training programs at the corporate office before moving in to Human Resources. Her experience allows her to create programs that are flexible, convenient and applicable to employees working in a retail environment. Ms. Hennings speaks frequently on the importance of worksite wellness within the industry and is active in the community, serving on the Prevent Blindness IA Board of Directors, the Des Moines Partnership on Health Committee, and on Polk 2020.
Terry GardinerNational Policy Director, Small Business Majority
Terry Gardiner’s public service career of twelve years was centered on election to the Alaska Legislature for five terms. This included many leadership positions - Speaker of the House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee Chairman and Chair of the Alaska Criminal Code Commission. A second, two-decade career was devoted to establishing and growing an innovative startup seafood company. As CEO and Chairman of Silver Lining Seafoods and NorQuest Seafoods, Mr. Gardiner oversaw the expansion of the business that grew to over $100 million in sales, with 1000 employees and markets in twenty-two countries. Since 2004, he has devoted his efforts to comprehensive health care reform. He has worked with state-based health care reform groups in his home states of Alaska and Washington. In 2008, Mr. Gardiner was named National Policy Director of Small Business Majority, which is devoted to building new voices of small business for health care reform in states and nationally.