In his role as CEO and general counsel, Chris works with the board of directors to chart the organization’s overall strategy. Having led the organization for over 24 years, he actively counsels plan sponsors and purchasing collectives in the areas of employee benefit strategies, contracting, ERISA and ACA compliance. He is also an adjunct professor of law at The University of Akron School of Law where he co-directs the health law program.
Chris currently serves on the Jackson Local Board of Education in Massillon, Ohio, a district consistently ranked in the top 20 of 610 Ohio public schools for academic performance. He is immediate-past chairman of the board of the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon, a foundation that funds health and wellness initiatives in western Stark, eastern Wayne and northern Tuscarawas Counties; president of the board of directors of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation, a Washington, DC-based research, education and philanthropic organization associated with AMCP; a member of the board of directors of United Way of Greater Stark County; and a member of the board of trustees for the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Chris recently served as chairman of the board of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio and has served on the boards of the Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America and American Cancer Society (Ohio Division).
He served as an advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Part D pharmacy implementation during his tenure as a member of the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting team. These activities resulted from the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. He previously served on the faculty of The College for Advanced Management of Health Benefits, affiliated with Thomas Jefferson Medical College’s department of health policy, where he taught the pharmacy benefits management track. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Zane State College, where he taught business law, government and business and macroeconomics. Chris served as the interim CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health in Washington, DC, and held management positions at three managed care organizations.
Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in finance, from Ohio Northern University, a master’s degree in political science from The University of Akron and his J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Stark County Bar Association where he chairs the health law committee.