Dr. Timothy Flaherty retires from WPS Health Solutions Board; Kristine Euclide is elected new Chair

Dr. Timothy Flaherty retires from WPS Health Solutions Board; Kristine Euclide is elected new Chair


MADISON, Wis.—April 2, 2019—Dr. Timothy Flaherty retired from the Board of Directors of WPS Health Solutions on March 28 after 18 years of service, including 10 years as the Board Chair.

At his final Board meeting, Dr. Flaherty was thanked for his dedicated service. A Certificate of Appreciation presented by President and CEO Mike Hamerlik, on behalf of the Board, reads, in part:

“Dr. Flaherty has tirelessly given his time, wise counsel, outstanding leadership and unwavering support in guiding WPS through many successes and challenges. His calm demeanor, professional expertise, and friendship will be missed. Thank you for your dedicated service to WPS, our employees and our customers!”

During his tenure as Board Chair, Dr. Flaherty also served as the Chair of WPS’ subsidiary Boards, including Arise Health Plan, The EPIC Life Insurance Company, and the WPS Charitable Foundation.

“I’m very proud of WPS,” Dr. Flaherty said in a recent interview. “I learned about WPS when I was involved with the Wisconsin Medical Society. My mentor was Dr. (Eugene) Nordby on the Wisconsin Medical Society. I was pleased to become a member of the WPS Board when Dr. Nordby was Chair. It was a very rewarding experience.”

Reflecting on his nearly two decades on the WPS Board, Dr. Flaherty said, “there have been positive changes in terms of the Board makeup. It is a very strong Board, and it always has been.” He is of the opinion that the WPS Board’s commitment to continuing education through the National Association of Corporate Directors is valuable.

As to WPS, Dr. Flaherty noted how WPS changed its focus as its government contracts evolved and the insurance marketplace was redefined with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. “These changes called for new skill sets,” he said, adding, “technology changes accelerated at cyber speed.”

Dr. Flaherty, of Appleton, is a retired radiologist and past Chair of the Department of Radiology at Theda Clark Regional Medical Center in Neenah. He is a retired major general in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Flaherty has an extensive record of service with numerous professional and community organizations. Among his accomplishments, he was Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Association, past president of the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Radiological Society, and an emeritus trustee for the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a founding director and past Chair of the National Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Flaherty continues to serve on a trust company board and an oversight board for the Wisconsin United for Health Foundation, Inc.

As he retires from the Board, he sees a bright future for the company. “I expect continued success for WPS.”

Kristine Euclide is New Chair of the WPS Health Solutions Board


Kristine Euclide was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of WPS Health Solutions on March 28. She succeeds Dr. Timothy Flaherty, who retired from the Board after 18 years of service, including 10 years as the Board Chair.

Euclide was elected to the Board in 2007. Most recently, she was Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee, while also serving on the Executive Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

She has more than 40 years of legal experience, focusing on energy, regulatory, government, environmental, and employment law matters. Euclide retired in 2016 from Madison Gas and Electric Company after 15 years of service. She was Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and, later, Strategic Projects Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. She was also a director of the MGE Foundation. Previously in her career, Euclide was a senior partner with the Madison office of Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP, where she served several terms on the Executive Committee and as Managing Partner. She also served as Executive Assistant to the Dane County Executive from 1997-1999.

Euclide has been a member and served in leadership roles of various community and professional organizations, including TEMPO Madison, Downtown Rotary (Madison), Madison Symphony Orchestra Board, Natural Resources Foundation Board, Gathering Waters Conservancy, the Madison Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, and Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation. She also was a member of the Governor’s 2007 Task Force on Global Warming.

Euclide earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Order of the Coif) and a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from
UW-Oshkosh, where she was honored as an Outstanding Young Alumni.

Euclide and her husband, Doug Steege, live in Madison, as do their two adult children and three grandchildren.


 

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