Board of Directors
Ken is a seasoned public company executive with extensive healthcare experience. Before joining LifeStance, Ken served as the Executive Vice President of Markets and Products at Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a managed care organization committed to helping people live healthier lives by providing access to high-quality healthcare. Previously, Ken was the Chief Executive Officer of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., where he led the company in its mission to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare solutions for its members, providers and government customers. Earlier in his tenure at WellCare, Ken held the role of President, National Health Plans, before being elevated to President and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining WellCare, Ken served as president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota; CEO of Coventry Health Care’s Medicaid Division; and CEO of MHNet, a Coventry behavioral health business unit. Ken also spent 14 years as an executive with UnitedHealth Group, rising through positions of increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President, national underwriting; CEO of UnitedHealthcare; and CEO of the company’s Secure Horizon retail Medicare business.
Throughout his career, Ken has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the board of directors of the United Way in both Minneapolis and Phoenix. Ken currently serves on several healthcare company boards and just completed a four-year term as national Board Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Robert Bessler, M.D.
Seema Verma has served on our Board of Directors since August 2021. Ms. Verma is a leading national health policy expert with over two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. As the longest-serving Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator in modern history, she oversaw health insurance programs for over 140 million Americans and set out to transform the American healthcare system by lowering costs, improving quality and increasing access. Prior to CMS, Ms. Verma was the founder and CEO of a health policy consulting firm helping states and private industry navigate a range of healthcare issues. Ms. Verma received a BS in life sciences from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University.