Rush University, BS, Nursing
Karen is a former health plan executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the health care industry. Karen leads the Managed Care team at Sellers Dorsey, where she uses her expertise in managed care, Medicaid policy, RFP and state procurements, and mergers and acquisitions to support clients across the lifecycle of program operations and provide them with up-to-date insights and thought leadership.
Karen has held several executive positions for major health plans across the U.S. Before joining Sellers Dorsey, Karen was the President and CEO of Meridian Health Plan for four years. In this role, she oversaw Illinois’ Medicaid contracts and was responsible for the execution of all program requirements, contract compliance, legislative strategy, and new program development. During her time at Meridian Health Plan, Karen was an appointed member of the Medicaid Directors Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC). Before working at Meridian Health Plan, Karen served as Vice President of Medicaid Operations at BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois for four years, where she oversaw Medicaid program contracts. She was also Vice President of Business Development at UnitedHealthcare, where she was responsible for all Medicaid managed care contracts and stakeholder relationship management. Karen has also held C-level positions at Amerigroup and Bluegrass Family Health.