Meet the Board


Healthcare Highways’ Board of Directors drives our mission to challenge health care to do better



Michael G. Wilson
Founder and CEO of Healthcare Highways

Mr. Wilson brings his 34 years of experience in healthcare, third-party administration, consulting, and managed care to his role as founder and chairman/CEO of Healthcare Highways.

He began his career with the Equitable Life Assurance Society of New York, and then co-founded Equitable Plan Services, Inc., a third-party administrator located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He went on to found PPO Oklahoma, Corporate Health Plans of America, Inc. (CHPA), and later Texas True Choice, Inc. (TTC), which became one of the largest PPO networks in Texas, before acquiring Century Healthcare, LLC, a limited-benefit health plan, which is now the market leader in limited-benefit plans, MEC, and MVP.

Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Finance. He was a 5-time All American Gymnast at the University of Oklahoma and NCAA Champion in floor exercise in 1979. Mr. Wilson was also a member of the World Cup and World Championship teams in 1978 and 1979. In addition, he earned a spot on the 1980 Men’s Olympic Gymnastics team.

Bart Conner

Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Conner has built an impressive business and philanthropic career focused on his passions, leading to among many things: the TV production company Perfect 10 Productions and the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Oklahoma--one of the largest and best-equipped gymnastics centers in the United States.

Mr. Conner, along with his wife, Nadia Comaneci, host the Bart & Nadia Sports Experience, a health and wellness event offering free health screenings and interactive fitness challenges, to promote “ownership” of our health and wellness status, every February at the Cox Arena and Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK. His passion for health and experience in media and building organizations is put to excellent use at Healthcare Highways.

Dan Thomas

Starting his career as a CPA at KPMG, he spent several years with Medical Care International, Inc., a national surgical center company, before becoming the COO, President and later the CEO of Concentra, Inc.--a provider of occupational medicine, urgent care, wellness and preventive services, physical therapy, physical examinations, travel medicine, and drug testing-- through the 90s and mid-2000s.

Mr. Thomas grew Concentra from $15 to $620 million in revenues before joining Viant, a leading healthcare cost-management company that served the nation’s largest health insurance companies, third-party administrators, government agencies, and employers. After Viant was sold for $900 million, Mr. Thomas brought his expertise to Provista expanding its growth through strategic acquisitions for six years as its president and CEO before it was sold. Now Healthcare Highways (and its clients) benefits from his extensive background.

Doug French

Doug French has more than 30 years’ experience as a distinguished healthcare executive. A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives he has published and spoken extensively on healthcare ventures, innovation, and IT.

Formerly Mr. French served St. Louis-based Ascension Health--the largest nonprofit system in the United States with an operating revenue of $18 billion--as president and chief executive officer, bringing growth to more than 70 facilities operating in 36 markets and 20 states.

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon, with 15 years in the National Football League, and many records that still stand today, three Super Bowl appearances, membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a career as a football analyst for the NFL Network and ESPN.

Having transitioned to the role of businessman and entrepreneur, he runs several real estate, construction, and technology companies: ESmith Legacy, EJ Smith Construction, ESmith Reality Partners, ESmith Capital partners, and Prova group, Inc. and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), REALTOR® and author.

His most recent book, Game On, published in 2011, outlines the principles he brings to the Healthcare Highways BOD that helped him succeed both on and off the field.

Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham is board certified in Internal medicine, quality assurance, and peer review, bringing his extensive management experience and nationally-recognized expertise in healthcare delivery systems, physician associations and compensation models to Healthcare Highways.

He is a founding partner and managing director of Santé Ventures, an Austin-based life science and healthcare venture capital company. Previously, Dr. Cunningham was the former Chief Medical Officer of Providence Health System, and executive director of the 300-physician-strong Providence Health Alliance, a venture partner of Austin Ventures and vice chairman of the Ascension Health Ventures investment committee.

Currently, he serves on advisory boards for both United Healthcare and Health Care Services Corporation (BC/BS).

Scott Wood

Scott Wood is a nationally recognized insurance industry expert with 30 years of experience in: insurance company operations, administration, marketing, strategic planning, risk management, product development, reinsurance, marketing, and alternative funding, including self-funded plans.

Mr. Wood is president of Insurance Program & Risk Management (IPRM), which boasts a record of increasing profits for insurance companies, claims administrators, reinsurers, and MGUs. Previously, Mr. Wood held concurrent positions as CEO and chief operating officer while at Independence Holding Co. (NYSE: IHC). He was also CEO of Insurers Administrative Corp. (IAC), a TPA of health insurance programs, before joining Healthcare Highways’ Board of Directors.

Mr. Wood is also principal and CEO of Benefit Commerce Group (BCG), an employee-benefits consulting firm providing sustainable strategies for employers to lower healthcare costs without reducing employee benefits, giving Healthcare Highways its competitive edge.

Stan Dennis

Stan Dennis brings a diverse, 30-year background in healthcare, healthcare services, and payer-services systems to Healthcare Highways, of which he is a co-founder, board member, and investor. Stan is currently the Managing Director at Gauge Capital where he leads the firm’s healthcare investments and serves as Executive Chairman of Comprehensive Eyecare Partners and as a Director of Miami Beach Medical Group. Prior to joining Gauge, Stan served as an operating partner at Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe (“WCAS”). Prior to WCAS, Stan was an Executive Vice President for Optum, responsible for over $10 billion in Physician Services, Post Acute-care, and Specialty Network Businesses. He joined Optum following 16 years in executive leadership roles with Texas Health Resources (THR) and Allina Health System. At THR, Stan led the creation of a physician strategy that drove the formation of one of the state’s largest physician’s groups, and created one of the first Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (“ACO”). Stan also served as a Market CEO for Phycor/NAMM and Anthem Health Plan/Arcadia Benefits of Florida. Stan earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green University and a Masters of Business Administration from Rivier College.