Leadership

Bruce Hill provides strategic leadership at Buckeye to improve the health of Ohioans through coordinating improved access to care for better health outcomes at lower costs.

With more than 30 years of health care executive experience, Bruce Hill has been dedicated to improving the health for the members and communities that he has served.

He has been instrumental in leading strategic initiatives and operational transformations with health organizations in the Pacific Northwest, Chicago, Michigan and Ohio markets. His focused collaboration and effective execution with partners has proven to deliver elevated quality, market growth and improvements in service.

Hill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and is an Executive Leadership Fellow from the Northwestern University/AHIP program.

Lori Mulichak, RN, MHA, FACHE joined Buckeye Health Plan in June 2007 as the Vice President of Medical Management. 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.

Erik Helms joined Buckeye Health Plan in May 2016 as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Helms is responsible for quality improvement, pharmacy, health economics and data analytics, strengthening Buckeye’s ability to be more impactful in quality and health delivery results.

Helms is an accomplished and versatile healthcare executive with more than 20 years of leadership at a number of successful health plans. Before joining Buckeye, Helms served as Vice President of Provider Network and Medical Economics at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

Helms holds a bachelor’s degree in public and international policy and a master’s degree in epidemiology from Michigan State University.

Hagy Wegener joined Buckeye Health Plan in April 2016 as Vice President of Quality Improvement. Hagy has more than ten years of quality improvement experience in the healthcare sector. She is a key leader in improving Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) scores as well as Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). Wegener brings leadership skills and experience to support that continue to enhance Buckeye’s quality initiatives.

Before joining Buckeye she was responsible for Quality Improvement at Molina Health Plan in Michigan and Ohio.

Wegener earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ursuline College, and a master’s degree in community services and human services from John Carroll University.

Dr. Ronald Charles helps Buckeye Health Plan remain on the forefront of serving participants and populations in need as Buckeye’s Vice President, Medical Affairs. Since joining the organization in 2007, Dr. Charles has been committed to Buckeye Health Plan participants, stemming from a lifelong passion and commitment to helping others. His work at Buckeye ensures coordinated, high quality care for plan participants.

Prior to joining Buckeye Health Plan, Dr. Charles worked with federally qualified community health centers in multiple roles -- as a practitioner, a medical director, a board member, and a consultant.

He’s worked in academic medicine, serving as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center.

Dr. Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, completing his residency in internal medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Additionally, Dr. Charles holds a Masters in Health Services Administration from Salve Regina University. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Eric Poklar joined Buckeye Health Plan in 2015 and serves as the key liaison with state legislators and policy makers. 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.