The Foundation's board is made up of members from Highmark Inc as well other health care and insurance professionals. The board meets four times a year and determines the strategic direction of the Foundation.
Daniel A. Onorato is executive vice president, public policy, chief government relations and community affairs officer for Highmark Health.
Mr. Onorato has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including government and regulatory affairs, community investment and public policy. He serves as Chairman of the Highmark Foundation, Executive Director of the Caring Foundation, and on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Jefferson Foundation.
Mr. Onorato serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Allegheny County Parks Foundation and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Business Council and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Before he joined Highmark, Mr. Onorato served two terms as Chief Executive for Allegheny County. Prior to that, he served as Allegheny County Controller, and he also served two terms on the Pittsburgh City Council.
In addition, his professional background includes work as an attorney and a certified public accountant (CPA).
Mr. Onorato graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in accounting. He also earned a juris doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Mr. Onorato and his wife, Shelly, reside in Pittsburgh, along with their children – Kate, Emily and Danny.
Highmark Health is a non-profit national diversified health and wellness system based in Pittsburgh that employs 37,500 people and serves millions of people across the United States. Highmark Health is the third largest integrated delivery and financing network in the nation and is the parent company of Highmark Inc., which provides health insurance, dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses, and Allegheny Health Network, which provides regional health care provider services.
Evan Frazier works as senior vice president of Community Affairs for Highmark Health where he oversees corporate giving, sponsorships, community programs/special events, employee volunteerism and the Highmark Foundation. Highmark Health is a national diversified health and wellness company based in Pittsburgh, which is an integrated finance and delivery network with 38,000 employees serving 35 million members across the United States through its businesses in health insurance, dental, vision, technology and through its hospitals/provider network.
Prior to joining Highmark in January 2010, Mr. Frazier served as president and chief executive officer of the Hill House Association and the Hill House Economic Development Corporation for six years. In addition, he worked as a vice president for PNC Financial Services Group in strategic planning and then finance communications, senior vice president of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and as director of Community Relations for Eat' n Park Restaurants. He also was a McGinnis Distinguished Lecturer at Point Park College where he taught courses in international business and marketing.
Mr. Frazier holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy & Management. He also completed a number of executive management certificates, including Harvard Business School's Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and Boston College’s Corporate Community Relations certificate. In 1998, Mr. Frazier was one of 17 individuals to be named a national "Luce Scholar." This honor, presented through the Henry Luce Foundation, enabled him to experience Asia for a year, working at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Singapore and Hong Kong. In 1990, Frazier co-founded the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH), the nation’s leading organization for minorities in the hospitality field with approximately 70 chapters across the United States.
An active member of the community, Mr. Frazier has served on more than 25 civic boards in his professional career, including his current service as a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. He also serves on the boards of The Andy Warhol Museum, Jefferson Regional Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics and the Governor’s Commission on African American Affairs. Mr. Frazier has also received numerous awards locally and nationally. He is an alumnus of Leadership Pittsburgh and a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Mr. Frazier is also the author of a book entitled "Most Likely To Succeed: The Frazier Formula for Success®," which introduces his personal framework to inspire and motivate youth and adults to achieve.
Janine Colinear is Chief Accounting Officer for Highmark Health. She has 17 years experience in the accounting profession, the last nine of which were in the finance group at Highmark Inc. Janine is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with an accounting and international business degree, Ms. Colinear spent eight years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the practice of public accounting with a focus on the insurance industry.
Ms. Colinear is an HCI Board Member, Chairperson of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Statutory Accounting & Advisory Group and serves as the Assistant Treasurer of the Highmark Foundation.
Doris Carson Williams is vice chair of the Highmark Foundation. Mrs. Williams is president and chief executive officer of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania. The mission of the chamber is to continuously promote access and opportunities for African American business owners and professionals. Since she opened the office in 1998, the chamber has grown from 28 to more than 500 paid members and corporate sponsors and is ranked second among Black Chambers nationally. In addition to this work, Mrs. Williams serves on numerous boards. She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Council for Small Business, vice chairman of the Housing Authority Commission/City of Pittsburgh, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Board, The Pennsylvania Society, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority. She is also actively involved as a member of the International Women's Forum, an organization of women from 30 countries.
She is a lifetime member of the NAACP, Pittsburgh Branch; a past member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Chambers of Business and Industry, the Urban League of Pittsburgh (having been the first African American Female Chairman), Manchester Bidwell Corporation and the United Way of Allegheny County. She is the recipient of numerous honors: she received the Small Seed Development, Inc.'s Pioneer Award, the New Pittsburgh Courier's 50 Women of Excellence, the Business Times' Woman in Business Award, Carlow College Woman of Spirit, Junior Achievement's Woman in Business Award, and was named as one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by New York City-based Network Journal and the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh in Business and Community, to name a few.
A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Westinghouse High School, Mrs. Williams earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Hartford, is a graduate of Fairfield University's School of Banking & Finance and the University of Pittsburgh-Katz School of Business, and is a past Ford Foundation Fellow. She is a Steward at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh.
Judy Sjostedt is Executive Director of “Our Community’s Foundation,” the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and Regional Affiliates of Doddridge, Jackson, Little Kanawha Area, Mason and Ritchie counties. Joining the Foundation in 1999, Sjostedt leads an organization that is experiencing rapid expansion, from $7.6 million in 1999 to $33 million in 2013, with its annual regional grant making increasing from $340,000 in 1999 to $1.6 million now. PACF was honored in 2009 as one of eight recipients nationwide of an Effie™ award for effective and inclusive philanthropic practices.
Sjostedt serves on the Community Foundations Leadership Team (CFLT) of the National Council on Foundations. Currently in her second term, she chairs the Standards Action Team. As a faculty member for the Center for Community Foundations Excellence, she teaches its Resources Development and Affiliate Classes. She is a member of the CF Insights Advisory Board. She is a current member of the Boards of Directors of Vision Shared (West Virginia’s public-private partnership to develop a long-term economic development strategy) and Highmark WV Blue Cross / Blue Shield, serving as Vice Chair of the Board. She previously served as Chair of the Board of the West Virginia Grantmakers (was its founding chair) and was honored with its 2010 Spirit of Philanthropy award for staff leadership. She serves as a member of the West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Advisory Board and West Virginia Children’s Trust Fund Advisory Committee. She is also a Board member of CommunityAssist (an online database research and management entity). Her career has spanned all economic sectors. Prior positions have included business partnerships program manager for the Education Alliance; president of Key Consultants (company providing technical writing services to the chemical industry in WV, OH and NJ); international employee coordinator/consultant to DuPont-Washington Works; and EEO program manager for the Internal Revenue Service.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University. Sjostedt is a former elected member of the Wood County Board of Education (1994-2002), serving as its President from 1998-2000. She is active in the Parkersburg Rotary.
James Bramson is Chief Dental Officer of United Concordia Companies, Inc. Prior to joining United Concordia, he served as president of Bramson & Company, a strategic consulting firm for the health care industry.
From 2001-2008 Jim was the executive director for the American Dental Association (ADA) and secretary for the ADA Foundation. In this role he oversaw legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts at both the federal and state levels; redefined the organization’s image amid complex and changing national emphasis on health care cost and delivery; and reversed a declining market share by focusing business strategy on core competencies. During his tenure, the ADA also was named one of the nine most remarkable associations in the book, "7 Measures of Success."
Jim began his career in private practice, leaving that for a Hillenbrand Fellowship with the American Fund for Dental Health and ADA in 1986. After his fellowship, he held a number of positions within the ADA before becoming executive director for the Massachusetts Dental Society from 1997-2001.
With more than 30 years of dental industry experience, Jim has published numerous articles and earned several important recognitions, including a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa in 2003 and Alumnus of the Year in 2004 from the University of Iowa College Of Dentistry. He has also testified before the Congressional Committee on Small Business and served as a member of the Governor’s Special Legislative Task Force on Oral Health while he was in Massachusetts.
Jim has his doctorate (DDS) from the University of Iowa City and is a member of the American Dental Association.
Patricia "Patti" Darnley serves as President and CEO of Gateway HealthSM, a leading Medicaid and Medicare Advantage managed care organization located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Under Patti's leadership, Gateway delivers high quality, affordable healthcare to Medicaid and Medicare members, treating them proactively and holistically by focusing on their unique member needs and overall well-being. Patti strongly believes in Gateway's philosophy of both offering members "a better way" by conducting business with an emphasis on providing the highest quality and performance.
Patti is an experienced healthcare executive, with over 30 years of wide-ranging managed care expertise, specifically with Medicaid and Medicare plans. Her background, including leadership roles at Centene Corporation, UPMC Health Plan and Highmark, uniquely positions her to effectively lead Gateway through its current growth and expansion mode as the health plan explores opportunities to serve eligible individuals in regions outside of its current footprint. Patti oversees key strategic, regulatory, legal and compliance initiatives while maintaining a keen focus on Gateway's mission to improve the health and wellness of both its members and the community.
Patti holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She serves on the Board of Directors of Family Resources of PA, The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and The Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation, where she sits on the Finance Committee as well as the Highmark Foundation Board and Highmark Foundation Audit Committee. She is also on the National Advisory Committee for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women.
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