Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors is the 35-members governing board of Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Of the 35 members, 4 are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Of those 4 members, two must represents individuals who are age 62 or over. 

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Public Act 350 of 1980, MCLA 550.1301

Contact Information

Mark Cook
Vice President of Governmental Affairs

Phone: (517) 371-7910


Members Appointed by the Governor


Represents retired individuals 62 years of age or older

Term ends 2/18/2014


Anne Mervenne, Royal Oak

Term ends 2/18/2014


William Meyers, Ann Arbor

Represents retired individuals 62 years of age or older

Term ends 2/18/2014


Darrell Burks, Franklin

Term ends 2/18/2014

Members Representing Providers




Edward J. Canfield, D.O., Sebewaing
Physician, Managing Partner and Owner
Canfield Family Practice LLP

Edward G. Jankowski, M.D., Grosse Pointe Woods
Private Practice

F. Remington Sprague, M.D., Muskegon
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Mercy Health Partners



Brian M. Connolly, Dearborn
President and Chief Executive Officer
Oakwood Healthcare Inc.

Spencer C. Johnson, Lansing
Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Registered Nurse:

Diane R. Goddeeris, R.N., B.S.N., Lansing
Registered Nurse, OB Informatics
Sparrow Hospital


James W. Richards, R.Ph., Ann Arbor
Professor Emeritus,
Social and Administrative Sciences
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy


Edwin D. Secord, D.D.S., M.S., Beverly Hills
Owner-Orthodontist - Retired
Private Practice

Member Representing Corporate Management

Daniel J. Loepp, Detroit
President and Chief Executive Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Members Representing Subscribers

Large Groups - Labor:

Steven B. Cook, East Lansing
Michigan Education Association

Sarah W. Doyle, Detroit
Senior Benefit Consultant
International Union, UAW

Bob King, Detroit
International Union, UAW

James U. Settles Jr., Detroit
Vice President
International Union, UAW

Large Groups - Management:

Livio Mezza, Livonia
Ford Motor Company (Retired)

Kathleen S. Neal, Auburn Hills
Director, Integrated Health Care and Disability
Chrysler Group LLC

Jean L. Rose, Detroit
Executive Director, Employee Benefits and HR Operations
General Motors Corporation

John VanderMolen, Lansing
Chief Operating Officer
Michigan Farm Bureau

Medium Groups - Labor:

Joseph J. Ashton, Detroit
Vice President and Director-General Motors & Gaming
International Union, UAW

William H. Black, Detroit
Executive Director
Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43

Patrick J. Devlin, Detroit
Financial Secretary/Treasurer
Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council

Mark T. Gaffney, Detroit
Business Agent
Teamsters Local Union 214

Calvin T. Rapson, Detroit
International Union, UAW (Retired)

Medium Groups - Management:

Jon E. Barfield, Birmingham
President and CEO
LJ Holdings Investment Company LLC

Terry W. Burns, East Lansing
Executive Vice President
Michigan Automobile Dealers Association

Robert A. Patzer, Howell
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (Retired)

S. Martin Taylor, Grosse Pointe Farms
DTE Energy Company (Retired)

Small Groups:

Gary J. McInerney, Grand Rapids
McInerney & Associates

Gregory A. Sudderth, Gladstone
Executive Labor-Management Services Inc.

Gary H. Torgow, Detroit
Talmer Bancorp, Inc.


Renee C. Axt, Detroit
RCP Associates LLC

Melvin L. Larsen, Farmington Hills
Larsen & Associates Inc.- Retired

Wallace D. Riley, Grosse Pointe Farms