President & CEO of SelectHealth
Prior to joining SelectHealth in November 2009, Ms. Richards served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, an affiliate of the Henry Ford Health System. She previously held senior leadership positions at Anthem Health Plans of Maine, Paramount Health Care in Ohio, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio. Ms. Richards began her career in healthcare as a staff nurse in general surgery and trauma at the University of Michigan Medical Center. She completed her studies in nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies and communications from the University of Toledo, where she also completed her MPA coursework in public healthcare administration.
Ms. Richards is active in the community, serving on the boards of Salt Lake Community College and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco - Salt Lake City Branch. She also chairs the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), a national leadership organization that brings together health plans and provider groups recognized for delivery of affordable, high value coverage and care for more than 18 million people.