WHCM 2018 Spring Forum: Health Care Innovation: How Market Players are Shaking Things Up and the Impact on Your Career

Event Date:
March 28, 2018
Event Time:
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 93 Worcester Street (Route 9), Wellesley, MA 02481
Registration Fee:
Members $10
Non-Members $25 (if you decide to join after the event, we will apply the $15 difference to your membership)

Join us for the first of our two annual yearly forums – this spring, our forum will feature dinner, networking, and an informative, interactive panel discussion.

Moderator: Claudine Swartz, Strategic Policy Solutions


  • Sonia Millsom – Senior Vice President, Iora Health
  • Lauren Peters – Undersecretary for Health Policy, Executive Office of Health & Human Services
  • Christina Severin – President and CEO, Community Care Cooperative
  • Beth Roberts – Senior Vice President, Regional Markets, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care


Sonia Millsom – Senior Vice President, Iora Health

Ms. Millsom leads Business Development for Iora Health with a mission to restore humanity to healthcare.  Her passion for healthcare delivery reform started 25 years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.  She is a mentor through Menttium & Council for Women at Boston College and is a Board Member at HealthSourceRI, Social Enterprise Greenhouse and the Amy Gallagher Foundation.  Following a BA from Boston College, she graduated from Columbia University with her MPH and has led growth at a national health plan, population health management organization and second opinion company.  She is an avid runner, yogi, traveler & non-fiction geek and has been married 18 years with the text handle “Tiger Mom” to two daughters 15 & 12.

Lauren Peters – Undersecretary for Health Policy at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)

THe EOHHS is the largest secretariat in the Commonwealth. Peters’ responsibilities include working closely on health-related operations and policy for the MassHealth (Medicaid) program that provides health coverage to 1.9 million low income or disabled residents; the Department of Mental Health; and the Department of Public Health. Peters also works closely with EOHHS boards and commissions such as the Massachusetts Health Connector and the Center for Health Information and Analysis Oversight Council. Prior to joining EOHHS, Peters served as Associate General Counsel, Health Care Policy Director, and Legislative Director at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) where she served as an advisor on healthcare finance and policy matters. In that role, Peters also served as the A&F Secretary’s designees on several boards and commissions including the Health Policy Commission, Group Insurance Commission and the Health Information Technology Council. She has a law degree from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Christina Severin – President and CEO, Community Care Cooperative

Christina Severin is an accomplished health care executive with more than 20 years of experience in managed care, delivery systems, health insurance, Accountable Care Organizations, quality, public policy, and public health.  Christina is the President and CEO of Community Care Cooperative (C3), a newly formed Accountable Care Organization comprised of 15 community health centers.

Christina’s prior leadership experience includes having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization and as President of Network Health, a nonprofit Massachusetts health plan.

She is widely recognized, including by the Boston Globe as a Top 100 Women-Led Business, October, 2015. The Boston Business Journal has recognized Christina as a “40 Under 40” honoree, profiled her in its “Women Up” feature, and named her to its list of top health care executives to change roles in 2013.

Christina has taught classes in health care administration and management at Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. Christina earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Services from Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Beth-Ann Roberts – Senior Vice President, Commercial Business, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Beth-Ann Roberts takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound market-based strategy, with a focus on profitable growth. Respected as a passionate, no-nonsense leader with a credible voice in decision making, she sees opportunities and works cross-functionally within the organization to develop and implement strategies that drive business advantage. She has a reputation for building a teamwork approach, breaking down barriers and eliminating silos.

As Senior Vice President of Commercial Business at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care — a $3.0 billion, non-profit health insurance company serving over a million members — Ms. Roberts oversees the four commercial markets where Harvard Pilgrim offers insurance. With more than 30 years’ experience in the health care market, she specializes in identifying synergies, establishing internal partnerships, leveraging talent and leading a team of over 200 staff to identify the most promising opportunities within Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine. The careful balance of understanding the external market—including the products and services that drive successful business growth—and, optimizing Harvard Pilgrim’s strengths delivers winning solutions to the market.

Previously, as Senior Vice President for Regional Markets, Ms. Roberts led market-based strategy for New England, with direct responsibility for growing New Hampshire. Under her leadership, Harvard Pilgrim became the second-largest health plan in that state by entering new lines of business, forming unique partnerships and implementing a strategic approach to business development.

Ms. Roberts serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the RiverWoods Group and is a Board member of Benevera. In addition, the New Hampshire Business Review recognized her as an Outstanding Woman in Business in 2008, and in 2015 Business New Hampshire named her one of the top intriguing women of NH.

Ms. Roberts holds a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University.

Ms. Roberts and her husband Michael have two children, Branden and Bryanna. She raised her family in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and now resides in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, and an active lifestyle that includes cycling, running, hiking and boating.