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Our Executive Team

Michael Rashid, Plan President and CEO

Michael Rashid is a pioneer in the Medicaid managed care landscape, helping to ensure there is access to quality and affordable health care to the “people most in need.”  With his vision, passion, and leadership, Michael will work with the leadership team to develop innovative healthcare solutions and advance IlliniCare Health’s mission of transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. Before joining IlliniCare Health, Michael spent nearly 20 years with AmeriHealth Caritas holding multiple leadership positions, including CEO. As CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas, Michael was instrumental in growing the company from a 500,000-member organization serving Medicaid recipients in the Philadelphia region into a 5 million-member organization serving people in 15 states and Washington D.C.  During his four decades in health care, Michael led federally qualified health centers, health plans and other entities dedicated to making quality health care accessible for all.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He serves on numerous boards, including Drexel University and Independence Mission Schools.

Leslie Naamon, Chief Operating Officer

Leslie Naamon joined IlliniCare Health in December 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. Leslie has over 30 years of experience in Medicaid/Medicare Managed Care programs. Before joining IlliniCare Health, Leslie was the Chief Operation Officer at our sister plan, Peach State Health Plan. Previously, Leslie was responsible for Medicaid revenue, network, and membership growth as Regional Vice President for WellPoint Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin and its partner organization, CareNex.

Leslie earned her MBA in Finance from Rutgers University and her Bachelor of Science in Administrative Science and Psychology from Yale College at Yale University. She has been recognized with a number of awards including: the Women in Leadership Award from Centene Corporation, DiversityMBA’s “Top 100 MBAs Under 50” while at WellPoint, and the Most Valuable Player Award from CareSource Management Group.

Orin McIntosh, Senior Vice President of Finance

Orin McIntosh joined IlliniCare Health in March of 2018 as the Senior Vice President of Finance. He brought his specialized knowledge of finance and operations in managed care, ranging from Fee-For-Service to shared risk/shared savings to partial and global capitation. Prior to joining IlliniCare Health’s senior leadership team, Orin served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Concerto Health from 2012 to 2016. He then continued on to be the Director of Finance and Regional CFO at Humana until early 2018. Orin has overseen multi-billion dollar path-to-value blocks of business for Medicare and Medicaid products. He’s driven value for both Health Plans and Provider Groups by leading teams that oversee medical economics, revenue optimization, financial projections, and market performance. Orin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Masters in Finance from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Debra M. Brophy, VP of Medical Management

Debra Brophy is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in multiple aspects of clinical operations within the healthcare industry. Since joining IlliniCare Health, Debra has leveraged her consistent leadership and expertise in care management and utilization to elevate the skills and quality of the organization she leads. Over the course of her career, she has managed the operations of several programs, including home health, specialty case management for transplant and renal failure, and claims review with commercial and private entities. In these roles, she partnered with large commercial insurance companies to establish care coordination practices and renal care networks that bring exceptional levels of service and high quality of care to health plan members across Illinois. At IlliniCare Health, Debra has had leadership roles in the Integrated Care Program, Waivers, and Medicare. Debra earned her degree in Nursing from Advocate Medical Center of Oak Lawn, IL. She is certified in case management by both American Nurses Credentialing and the Commission for Case Management.

Francie Morris, VP of Quality Improvement

Francie Morris is a Registered Nurse and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) with a broad background in managed care, including: utilization management, quality improvement, CMS Stars maximization, HEDIS outcomes improvement, and implementation of Pay for Quality programs. She has served as Vice President of Quality Management for a number of Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, including Centene, Amerigroup, and Cigna/HealthSpring. Her recent areas of focus have been the development of strategic interventions to comply with risk-based performance initiatives and practice transformation coaching. She has participated in a number of health plan start-ups, and initiated internal data collection for HEDIS, facilitated executive introductions to CMS Stars Ratings, and implemented a Pay for Performance program in Texas. Ms. Morris has also managed numerous HEDIS projects, performance improvement activities and development of provider incentives. Ms. Morris studied English Literature and Library Science at Wagner College and Old Dominion University for three years prior to graduating magna cum laude with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia. 

Mary D. Strasser, VP of Network Development and Contracting

Mary D. Strasser is responsible for all provider relations, contracting, recruitment, reimbursement development, and credentialing initiatives. She will develop and maintain a high-performing provider care network that will deliver high standards for quality, and strategically explore new opportunities to expand the services IlliniCare Health offers to its members. Mary D. has over 20 years of network development experience in commercial and government programs delivering members access to high-quality medical care and high-value insurance solutions. Before joining IlliniCare Health, Mary D. was the Executive Director of Provider Network Management for Health Alliance Medical Plans in Urbana, IL. Over the course of her career, she has been responsible for strategic development and all aspects of network development, provider relations, contracting, credentialing, and network compliance.  As part of her work, she has led successful network expansions to support commercial, Medicare Advantage growth, and managed Medicaid membership growth. She also has extensive experience in creating and managing contracts that balance financials, risks, and member-focused needs. Mary D. holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management from Upper Iowa University and a Coaching for Leaders Certificate from Cardinal Stritch University.