Ken Horstman is the senior director of total compensation at the University of Minnesota, one of the largest public research universities in the United States, covering five campuses across the state. In his role, he has responsibility for the strategic direction and administration of the University’s compensation and classification programs, as well as employee benefit programs covering retirement, health, wellness, and welfare benefits. The University’s self-insured health plan represents over 38,000 enrolled members across Minnesota. Mr. Horstman has over 30 years of experience in the areas of employee benefits, human resources, and operations management. He holds undergraduate and graduate business degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is also certified as an employee benefits specialist (CEBS), and as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR).
Jon Born is the senior director of benefits for SUPERVALU, a grocery industry leader, serving customers through a network of over 2,000 owned, franchised and affiliated stores across the country. He is responsible for management of the retirement and health and welfare benefit programs, with combined assets exceeding $4.5B. SUPERVALU’s self-insured health plan represents over 16,000 enrolled members nationwide. Mr. Born has over 30 years of experience in employee benefit plan management in the large employer market segment. He is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), and holds a BA from the University of Minnesota — Morris.
Nathan Moracco has served as assistant commissioner for Health Care at DHS since December 2013. Prior to his current position, he served as acting deputy assistant commissioner for the Health Care Administration since October 2013. Prior to coming to DHS, Moracco served as director of the Employee Insurance Division within Minnesota Management & Budget for more than a decade. In this role, he managed the State Employee Group Insurance Plan (SEGIP) and the Public Employee Insurance Program (PEIP), an insurance program for local units of government, including cities, counties and K-12 school districts. Mr. Moracco also worked at Honeywell International for seven years prior to his state service.
Carolyn Pare is the president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Health Action Group, a coalition of more than 50 public and private employers dedicated to health care market reform. In the nearly 30 years since its formation, this Minnesota-based coalition has introduced a number of nationally recognized innovations in health care contracting, delivery, quality and consumerism. Action Group members are committed to supporting a health care system that delivers the care consumers need at the right time, in the right place, at the right price, with the best possible outcomes.
Jon Schloemer is the Benefits Manager for Mills Fleet Farm and is responsible for all aspects of their benefit offerings and the team that delivers them. Mills Fleet Farm has over 6,000 team members in 40 locations. Mr. Schloemer has a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from St. John’s University, and is a designated member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA).
Deidre Serum is the senior director of employee benefits at Best Buy, a leading multi-channel global retailer and developer of technology products and services with 125,000 employees and over $40B in revenue. She is a responsible for the strategy and design of all employee benefits. She has been with Best Buy since 2009, following a 20-year career at Carlson, the world’s leading travel and hospitality company. Ms. Serum holds both Compensation (CCP) and Benefits (CBP) Certifications from World at Work, and she graduated from the University of North Dakota.