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Steve Province is President and CEO of Buckeye Health Plan where he leads the development and execution of Buckeye’s strategic plan and ensures operational performance exceeds the expectations of Buckeye’s providers, members, community and regulators.  He is a mission-focused leader dedicated to delivering on Buckeye’s vision to “Transform the health of the community, one person at a time.”  Buckeye is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation and is currently Ohio’s second largest and fastest growing government sponsored managed care plan.  Buckeye connects more than 445,000 statewide members with the medical, vision, dental, behavioral health and community services they need to live a healthier life.  Buckeye’s managed care products include Medicaid, Marketplace, Medicare and combined Medicaid-Medicare (MyCare Ohio).

Prior to joining Buckeye, Steve served as the President and CEO for AMITA Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale where he was responsible for all local strategic and operational functions for the hospital. He had operational oversight of a 261 bed acute care (trauma level II ED and a level III NICU) hospital along with an ambulatory comprehensive cancer center, ambulatory surgical center, home hospice program, and multiple outpatient imaging centers.  Steve’s focus on building a quality, patient-centric culture helped the hospital achieve a CMS 5 star designation and a state of Illinois top 15-hospital rating.

Earlier in his career, Steve served as the Chief Operations Officer and Interim President for Providence Healthcare Network.  In this role, Steve oversaw all operational functions for the network, which included a 237-bed acute care hospital, a 48-bed mental health hospital and a 326-bed long-term care facility.

Steve began his healthcare career at Kaiser Permanente where he served as director of Performance Improvement, director of Supply Chain and Hospital Administrator of Support Service.  This was his first civilian leadership role after serving nine years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviator and Supply Officer. In the Navy, Steve served in seven duty stations and supported forward deployed logistics in two wars. 

Steve is a hands-on leader with a passion to engage with associates, align culture, build teams and inspire action. He believes that success comes to those who work hard, are flexible to change and committed to “Leading with Heart”.  He has earned a reputation for being a collaborative leader who builds strong teams focused on transforming the care provided in a way that improves quality, service and affordability within the system.

Steve earned an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  Throughout his healthcare career, Steve has proudly served on many community based boards and foundations.

Dr. Brad Lucas is Chief Medical Officer at Buckeye Health Plan. He has been a part of the Centene/Buckeye family since 2005. Dr. Lucas leads all of the clinical work at the health plan with oversight of Medical Affairs, Population Health (including Equity), Quality, and Pharmacy. The physician team is responsible for authorizing care, guiding programs, and developing relationships with our providers to effectively improve the health of our members. He enjoys working with both the clinical and operations teams to improve the member and provider health care experience. Currently the clinical team works closely with our Centene partners, other Ohio health plans, and the Ohio Department of Medicaid to develop and improve Population Health Strategy.

He helped build and guide award-winning programs such as Start Smart for Your Baby®, New Leaf, an addiction in pregnancy program, and other preterm birth prevention programs. His expertise is critical to the development and implementation of programs that improve clinical outcomes and ensure high-quality care across all medical conditions for Buckeye members.

In 2015 he was honored by March of Dimes for his work in infant mortality, prevention of premature birth, and prevention of birth defects.

Dr. Lucas remains active in community outreach that impacts mothers and families in Ohio. He served on the Executive Committee Member of the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality (OCPIM). He is active in helping Ohio leverage evidence-based models of community coordination such as Pathways Community Hubs. He is a National Advisory Council Member of the Pathways Community Hub Institute. Dr. Lucas is also a member of the Coding and Reimbursement Committee for the Society of Fetal Medicine.

He graduated from Miami of Ohio with a B.S in Chemistry. He completed his OB/GYN residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Lucas obtained his MBA in Healthcare Administration at Baldwin Wallace. As a board-certified physician, he continues his clinical care at Rapid Medical Research in Cleveland.

Dr. Lucas lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with his family and two labs.

Jay Scherler serves Buckeye Health Plan as the Senior Vice President of Operations. Jay brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in hospital administration and operations. He joins us from Providence Healthcare Network/Ascension Technologies, Waco, Texas, where he served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Information Officer. His responsibilities included managing the Health Ministry’s technology vision including operations, finance, and technology procurement and implementation, while serving as the Health Ministry’s service and delivery escalation point.

Jay also served as the Vice President of Finance at Providence with responsibility for Business Services, Patient Access, Health Information Management, Communications, Facilities, Plant Maintenance, Bio-Med, Security, Receiving, Laundry and Central Supply. He was also the safety officer and chair of Environment of Care, and Supply Chain.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Baylor University and a bachelor’s of science degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. In service to his local community, Jay was a member of the Cameron Park Zoo Board, Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo Board, and St. Alban’s School Board.

Jay and his wife, Krista, have a son and seven rescue dogs. He enjoys time with family, travel, yardwork and managing rental properties. A native of Oklahoma, Jay operated a cattle ranch and farm in Texas earlier in life.

Natalie Lukaszewicz serves Buckeye Health Plan as the Vice President of Network Development and Contracting. Natalie has more than thirty years of network management experience in both the health plan and health system arena. She is a key leader in developing and executing network growth and financial strategy. Natalie is an accomplished network executive with more than 15 years of leadership at several successful health plans.

Before joining Buckeye she was the Vice President, Network Performance at Priority Health Plan in Michigan.

Natalie attended University of Central Florida in the study of Health Services Management and Case Western Reserve University for Executive Management and Leadership.

Lori Mulichak, RN, DHA, FACHE serves Buckeye Health Plan as the Sr. Vice President of Population Health. Mulichak is responsible for clinical operations including case management, utilization management and prior authorization for the following programs: Covered Families and Children (CFC), Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD), Children with Special Health Care Needs, Medicaid Expansion, MyCare Ohio, Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan, and Marketplace.

Mulichak has had diverse senior level executive responsibility for healthcare operations. Before joining Buckeye, she was Vice President of Clinical Operations for Care Support of America in Albany, New York. Mulichak also held leadership positions at American Health Holding, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care and OhioHealth.

Mulichak earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and nursing from Youngstown State University, and a Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University. Mulichak’s professional certifications include the following designations: Fellow in American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Certified SPIN Instructor (STAR 3), and Certified Reaction Cycling Instructor.

Eric Poklar serves as the key liaison with state legislators and policy makers for Buckeye Health Plan. In addition, he is responsible for leading the company’s marketing strategy to enhance communication with plan members and internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to joining Buckeye Health Plan, Poklar served as director of legislative affairs for Governor John R. Kasich and as the director of legislative affairs and communications for Governor Kasich’s Office of Health Transformation.

His extensive background in government affairs includes posts as the director of legislative affairs for Governor Bob Taft and as the director of legislative affairs for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. In addition, Poklar has operated his own government affairs, marketing and communications firm. He began his career as an aide to state Sen. Dick Schafrath.

Poklar graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.

Andrew Reitz joined Buckeye Health Plan as the Vice President of Compliance. As the Senior Executive for Compliance, Andy is a key leader responsible for advising the Senior Executive Leadership Team on regulatory, compliance, and legal matters. 

Before joining Buckeye, he served as an Associate General Counsel for the CareSource Management Group in Dayton, Ohio. His extensive legal background also includes previous positions as an attorney for Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L and as a contract lawyer for Seisint, a LexisNexis Company.

Andy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and received his Law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington.

Daisy Sinha, MBA, MHSA, PMP serves Buckeye Health Plan as Vice President of Operations. Sinha is responsible for Provider Data Excellence, Claims Operations, and Grievance and Appeals across all Buckeye’s Medicaid, Medicare, Marketplace and MyCare Ohio (combined Medicaid and Medicare) products.

in her role as VP of Operations,  Sinha has vast experience with streamlining complex processes and applying high-level strategy to achieve demonstrable results. She manages multiple continuous improvement projects and leads the effort in Operations to keep things running smoothly. Before coming to Buckeye, she held a program management role at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She spent 14 years there rising through the ranks to the Director of the Enterprise Project Management Office.

On a daily basis, she leverages her Master’s education and Project Management certification to lead her team in transforming Operations at Buckeye to better meet provider needs and expectations. Her 19+ years of experience in non-for-profit Health Systems and Medicaid managed care enables her to fulfill her commitment and passion for serving the community and improving population health.

Kevin Rhoades joins Buckeye as the Vice President of Pharmacy Operations. Having been employed with Buckeye from 2007 to 2015 as the Pharmacy Manager and Director, Kevin moved on to work as the Vice President of Clinical Pharmacy Operations for Envolve Pharmacy Solutions where he oversaw Formulary and Benefits set-ups for Medicaid, Exchange, and Commercial Lines of Business and led health plan implementations and migrations.

Kevin has an extensive background in both retail and managed care pharmacy with 30 years spent as a pharmacist.

He earned his degree from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

Lori joins Buckeye from Alliance Healthplan in North Carolina where she was Senior Vice President of Quality Management, Accreditation, UM Appeals and Grievances.  She has a diverse background in leading interdisciplinary quality management teams to measure quality performance and improve effectiveness. Her work encompasses strategic planning to develop benchmarks and address gaps in services and systems, process development, and tracking and analysis of key performance indicators.  She is focused on providing Value Based Care and driving Population Health Strategies.

Her 30+ year career spans leadership and consulting roles in a range of healthcare settings focused on compliance, quality, nursing, health information, and population health.  Lori’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and MBA.

About Buckeye Health Plan 

Buckeye Health Plan offers managed healthcare for Ohioans on Medicaid, Medicare, integrated Medicaid-Medicare (called MyCare Ohio) and the Health Insurance Exchange. Since 2004, Buckeye has been dedicated to improving the health of Ohioans, many with low incomes, by providing coordinated healthcare and other essential supports that individuals and families need to grow and thrive. Buckeye is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading healthcare enterprise. Learn more about Centene's leadership

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