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Lisa Kelley

President, Montana Division

Lisa Kelley has worked at BCBSMT since 2010 when she joined the legal division and served as general counsel from 2019 until her January 2024 appointment as President of the Montana Division. As plan president, Lisa is responsible for developing and executing strategies to accelerate access to affordable health care and achieve membership and financial targets for BCBSMT. Lisa oversees all plan operations, including sales and account management, government and public relations, provider network management, and health care management. Lisa earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Washington State University and a juris doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. She currently serves on the Montana Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association and the Glacier National Park Conservancy boards of directors. She is also an adjunct professor of health law at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. She and her husband, Marcus, have two children, Dylan and Ava.

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Dr. David Lechner

Vice President, Health Care Delivery & CMO

Dr. David Lechner joined BCBSMT as Chief Medical Officer (CMO), serving as the clinical leader for the Montana Plan, and he partners with our Health Care Management team to advance Value Based Care in Montana. In February of 2021, he was promoted to Vice President, Healthcare Delivery and CMO, taking on additional responsibility of the Network team. Born and raised in Billings as a third-generation Montanan, Dr. Lechner graduated from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and medical school from the University of Washington School of Medicine (WAMI) in 1989. Dr. Lechner returned to Helena in 1992, practicing family medicine, including operative obstetrics and hospital care. He moved to Community Medical Center in 2011. Lechner and his wife, Kerry, have two children, Liam and Carlin.

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Corey Palmer

Vice President, Sales & Account Management

Corey Palmer has worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana’s (BCBSMT) for more than 10 years in a variety of sales and strategic roles. He oversees the company’s sales and retention efforts for all market segments, leading a team responsible for ensuring exceptional service to employer clients, brokers and consultants, and for driving a forward-looking strategy that meets our customers’ evolving needs. Corey enjoys the outdoors and writes screenplays in his spare time. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English from the University of Montana. Corey is the President of the Holter Museum of Art’s Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association National Labor Office. He lives in Helena with his wife, Tara, and two daughters, Jacey and Haley.

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Nick Racine

Senior Director & Actuary

Nick Racine, FSA, MAAA, joined BCBSMT in 2018 and is responsible for Financials, Business Planning and Analytics. Prior to joining BCBSMT, Racine spent 17 years as an actuarial consultant, providing advice to employers throughout the Mountain West region. Racine is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and dirt biking. He and his wife, Summer, have three children, Justus, Chase and Carter.

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Community Advisory Board

Dick Anderson
Dick Anderson Construction
Founder and Chairman

Pamela Cutler, M.D.
Western Montana Clinic

Steve Loveless
SoundMind Leadership

Bob Rowe
Northwestern Energy

Mark Taylor
Taylor Luther Group
Principal/Attorney at Law

Faye Warren
Stockman Bank of Montana
Senior Vice President

Last Updated: March 04, 2024