Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors

2024 slate of directors

Take a look at this year's slate for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Board of Directors.

Patrick Byers
Patrick Byers

Large and Medium Group Labor Component

Patrick Byers is an administrative assistant to UAW President Fain with responsibilities of UAW constitutional interpretations, appeals, bylaws and member concerns. A 32-year UAW member, Byers got his start in 1992 at UAW Local 685 at the Chrysler Kokomo Transmission Plant where he held various positions including local technical training representative and tuition assistant program representative. In 2009, he was put on the UAW International Staff. He has also served as a servicing representative, coordinator and assistant director.

Joseph Garcia
Joseph Garcia

At-Large Component

Joseph Garcia is a practicing lawyer and a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School with distinction. Garcia previously served as a managing general partner for Karoub Associates, a Michigan-based lobbying firm. He has served on the Blue Cross board since 2018 and serves as chairman of the board for LifeSecure Holdings.

Yousif Ghafari
Yousif Ghafari

Large and Medium Group Management Component

Ambassador Ghafari is founder and chairman of Ghafari Associates, LLC and founder of G-TECH Services, Inc. Ghafari has served on the BCBSM board since 2014. He previously served as a public delegate at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations for the 59th UN General Assembly, a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia. Today, he is an Honorary Consul of Slovenia in Michigan. He also serves on the Detroit Economic Club board and the Emergent Holdings board.

Diane Goddeeris
Diane Goddeeris

R.N., B.S.N. – Provider Component

Diane Goddeeris is a retired nurse and has served on the BCBSM board since 2009. Goddeeris is the past president of the Michigan Nurses Association and a former vice president of National Nurses United. She also served the East Lansing community as mayor and council member. Goddeeris is a member of the Emergent Holdings board of directors.

Kerry Kaysserian
Kerry Kaysserian

D.D.S. – Provider Component

Kerry Kaysserian is a practicing dentist from Traverse City, Michigan and a member of the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association. He has served on the Blue Cross board since 2018. He is the past chair of the Michigan State Board of Dentistry and has served on boards for Delta Dental. Dr. Kaysserian graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. 

Chandra Madafferi
Chandra Madafferi

Large and Medium Group Labor Component

Chandra Madafferi became president of the Michigan Education Association on July 15, 2023. Chandra’s primary focus as MEA’s president is lifting up the education profession and building up our next generation of educators. She has almost 20 years of experience in the classroom, having taught special education, online credit recovery and health, including health for English language learners in grades 5-12.

Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore

Large and Medium Group Labor Component

Kevin Moore is president of Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43. Kevin became an international representative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1999 and currently holds the position as assistant director in the Small Package Division - DHL. Kevin has been president of Teamsters Local 299 since 2004 and served the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Executive Board for 15 years as a trustee. Kevin is the director of Teamsters Local 299 Community Service and has served as trustee to the Michigan Conference of Teamsters Welfare Fund.

Phillip Pierce
Phillip Pierce

Small Group and Individual Component

Phillip Pierce is Managing Member of Pierce, Monroe & Associates LLC, where he provides financial, management and information technology consulting services. His previous experience includes time with Arthur Andersen, Plante Moran and Xerox. Pierce is the Chairman of the Chandler Park Conservancy advisory board and a member of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. Pierce has served on the Blue Cross board since 2018.

Scott Serota
Scott Serota

At-Large Component

Scott Serota retired in 2021 as president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Serota joined BCBSA in 1996 and became president and CEO in 2000. He has served on the Blue Cross board since 2021. He is a founding member of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare. Serota is former chairman of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute and Plans’ Liability Insurance Company. He served on the BCS Financial Corporation Board and currently serves on the Brain Research Foundation Board.

Gregory Sudderth
Gregory Sudderth

Chairman – Small Group and Individual Component

Gregory Sudderth is founder and president of Executive Labor-Management Services, Inc. He has served on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan board since 1993 and became chairman of the board in 2002. Sudderth is also vice chair of the Emergent Holdings board and serves on the Blue Care Network board.

Brad Thompson
Brad Thompson

Large and Medium Group Management Component

Brad Thompson has 26 years of experience in the auto industry and is currently vice president of Health Care, Disability & Medical Operations with Stellantis N.V. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Thompson has served on the Blue Cross board since 2018.