President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark Traynor is President and Chief Executive Officer of UCare. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, he served in a variety of executive and legal roles helping lead UCare through significant growth and diversification since 1999. Before joining UCare, Mark was an attorney at the Minnesota Department of Human Services and also worked as Assistant Attorney General for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
Mark serves on the boards of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Alliance of Community Health Plans and Keystone Community Services. He also has been active in the community as a member of local boards and commissions, including serving as an elected member of his local school board. In 2015, Mark received the Minnesota Law Review Distinguished Alumni award for his achievements in the health care sector. Since 2018 he has been recognized as a leading health care executive in the Minnesota 500, published by Greenspring Media annually. In 2020, he was named among the 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician and a Twin Cities Visionary by Twin Cities Magazine.
Mark has a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Law School.
Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Joseph-Di Caprio leads the Medical Director team, as well as the Clinical Services, Pharmacy and Quality Management departments. Her extensive professional career in the Twin Cities community includes 22 years at Hennepin County Medical Center (now Hennepin HealthCare) where she began as a Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Specialist and advanced to several Medical Director roles, including Chief of Pediatrics. Joseph-Di Caprio also has been a Medical Director for Medica, Senior Medical Director of Care Management for HealthEast, and most recently Fairview Health Services Medical Leader, Connected Care. She is recognized as an inspirational leader with a passion for excellence.
Community service is a hallmark of Joseph-Di Caprio’s career. She serves on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood and the Loppet Foundation, and has served on the Boards of the MN Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Bridge for Youth and the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation. Joseph-Di Caprio has been a Diversity Climate Expert Panelist for the University of MN Medical School, and is a member of the Health Equity Advisory Council for MN Community Measurement. She is a long-time Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics.
Joseph-Di Caprio has a B.S. in Physiology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Canada, an M.D. from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Hilary Marden-Resnik joined UCare in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Administration and became SVP and Chief Administrative Officer in 2013. Marden-Resnik provides strategic oversight and executive leadership for claims and configuration, customer services, human resources, information technology and the project management office. She also co-leads the strategic planning function.
Prior to joining UCare, Marden-Resnik was Vice President of Human Resources at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. She also held positions as Director of Human Resources for HealthEast Care System, Human Resources Manager for Fairview Health Services, and employment and health law attorney for the Gray Plant Mooty law firm.
Marden-Resnik holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, a graduate degree in industrial relations/human resources management from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctor (Summa Cum Laude) from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. She is a member of the Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable, Women's Health Care Leadership TRUST, and Women Business Leaders in Healthcare Industry Foundation. Additionally, she serves as board chair for AchieveMpls, and board member for the Minneapolis Workforce Development Board. In 2007, she was named 40 under 40 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and in 2016, she was recognized with a Women in Business Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Beth Monsrud joined UCare in 2001 as Controller, and was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2008. She provides executive leadership and oversight for all fiscal operations, and is responsible for the strategic direction for UCare’s accounting, budgeting, forecasting, and health care economics reporting systems, among other key financial functions. Additionally, Monsrud oversees UCare's member enrollment and billing, as well as serving as UCare's Corporate Treasurer.
UCare benefits from Monsrud’s more than 20 years of experience in the financial management field. She came to UCare from the position of Controller-Corporate Operations for CIGNA Behavioral Health, and previous duties as Director of Accounting at United Healthcare Corp., and Audit Manager at Deloitte & Touche. In 2009, Monsrud was recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a "Woman to Watch" and also received the Mid-Career Award from the Women's Health Leadership Trust. In 2013, she was named a CFO of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Monsrud graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota-Grand Forks, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She also graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rochester Community College with an Associate of Arts: Business Transfer Program degree.
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Since joining UCare in 2018, Daniel Santos has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, as well as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors. He also oversees the Compliance and Internal Audit departments. Immediately prior to joining UCare, Santos spent six years with Sentara Healthcare, an integrated health system headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, serving as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Sentara’s multi-state health plan division, Optima Health. At Sentara, Santos also served in leadership roles system-wide as an Associate General Counsel, providing counsel to its provider operating companies including its 12 hospitals and 4 medical groups (1,000+ providers). Previously, he practiced health law for law firms (AMLAW 200) in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and served as a Special Operations Officer (Diving & Salvage) in the U.S. Navy.
Santos has received numerous distinctions for his leadership and contributions to the legal and business community, including election as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, selection by Minnesota Lawyer magazine as a recipient of its In-House Counsel Award in the Healthcare Organization category, multiple selections by Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” lawyer, multiple selections by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite, and recognition by the Hispanic National Bar Association as a “Top Lawyer Under 40.” Santos currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Minnesota Chapter, and is a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Santos earned his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer
Ghita Worcester brings more than 35 years of health care management experience to her role as Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer. She provides strategic direction for marketing, business development and strategy, public relations, legislative, regulatory, government programs, and community outreach activities. She oversees the organization’s federal and state health care reform efforts and policy formulation related to national and state health policy issues. Worcester is also instrumental in the development and implementation of UCare’s strategic and operational plans.
Before joining UCare, Worcester served as Director of Policy and Operations for Minneapolis-based University Affiliated Family Physicians (UAFP), the management company that started UCare in 1984. In that role, she directed the development of new HMO products and policies, and helped develop and implement HMO strategic and operational plans. Before that, she worked for 13 years in a community-based family medicine residency program operated by the University of Minnesota Department of Family Practice.
Worcester has significant legislative and public policy experience at both the state and federal level on health care reform, and Medicare and Medicaid policy. She serves as a national expert and speaker in the field of Medicare, Medicaid, and Special Needs dual-eligible programs. In 2015, Worcester was recognized with a Women in Business Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and, in 2018, she was named a Woman of Courage by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.
Worcester has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has served on several community boards and committees.
Lawrence (Larry) Lee, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Lee joined UCare in 2016 as Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Medical Officer. He provides strategic guidance and clinical leadership, and oversees the Medical Director team and UCare’s Pharmacy, Clinical Services, and Quality Management departments.
In addition to holding several health care executive positions, Dr. Lee has been a practicing internal medicine physician. He most recently was a staff physician and clinician educator with the Veterans Health Administration in Minneapolis, Minn. Prior to that, Dr. Lee spent three years as Vice President and Executive Medical Director for Quality and Provider Relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBS) in Eagan, Minn. His responsibilities included overseeing the health plan’s quality department, Medicare Stars measurement and improvement, and companywide activities related to quality of care, health status and member experience. He also provided medical leadership for BCBS’s provider contracting department and for Blue Plus, the health maintenance organization subsidiary of BCBS.
Dr. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology at Stanford University followed with a Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School and a Master in Business Administration in Health Care Management degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and licensed to practice medicine in Minnesota.
Board of Directors
- Patricia (Pita) Adam, M.D.
- Jeff Bangsberg
- Charity Bennett
- Tom DePhillips
- John Gross
- P. Jay Kiedrowski
- Teresa McCarthy, M.D.
- Peter J. Mitsch
- Patricia Nelson
- Allison O’Toole (At-large)
- James Pacala, M.D., Chair
- Robert Riskin
- Bill Roberts, M.D.
- James Van Vooren, M.D.
- Michael Wootten, M.D.
- David Albright,
- Patricia Ball,
- Bruce Cantor, M.D.,
Clinical and Quality Management
- Jamie Carsello,
Health Care Economics
- Amy Christensen,
- Brian Eck,
- Julie Feirtag,
- Jennifer Garber,
Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Services
- Sheri Johnson,
Billing & Enrollment
- Greg Hanley,
- Scott Kammer, M.D.,
Clinical & Quality Management
- Margie Lindberg,
Marketing and Product Management
- Greg Marshall,
- Elizabeth Owen,
- Shannon Rosati,
Claims and Configuration
- Stephanie Schwartz,
- Pat Schmitt,
Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness
- Jay Stave,
- Joel Ulland,
- Cathy VonRueden,
Provider Relations and Contracting
- Chris Zitzer,
Compliance and Internal Audit