Michael J. Curran, Chairman
Mike is currently co-president and a director of Curran Group Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in road construction, porcelain tile manufacturing, railroad related contract services and manufacturing of paint finishing systems. He serves on the Centegra Health System and Road Builder Charities boards of directors. In addition, he has served on the board of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, as treasurer and chairman of its Technology committee. Mike is also the founder and director of the Alpine Children’s Charity. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University with special interests in accounting and information technology.
Thomas Hodson, Vice Chairman
Tom is currently an operating partner at Baird Capital Partners. Previously, he was chairman and chief executive officer of NeuroSource Inc. and served as a senior vice president, CFO and director of Caremark International, Inc. Tom also spent nearly 20 years at Baxter International in positions including senior vice president and treasurer. He is the non-executive chairman of Ellman International and serves as a Manufactured Products Advisory Board Member at BCP. Tom has also served as a director of Apache Medical Systems, CallConnect, PharMEDium Healthcare and InteCardia Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Christine Fleming, Secretary
Christine is a Finance Director for Baxter international Inc. leading investment management, compliance and risk mitigation for the global benefit plans, totaling over $8B. She has been a member of BCU’s Finance Committee since March 2016. Christine started her career at Baxter in 2000 and since that time, has held several roles of increasing responsibility in both business and corporate functions. In 2014, she assumed leadership responsibility for the Employee Trusts area. Christine also is actively involved with talent management and career development in Baxter’s Finance function. Christine earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both degrees were awarded with honors.
Brett leads Target’s Merchandising and Supply Chain technology portfolios where he fosters a culture of innovation and empowered engineering. He is a champion of agile practices, DevOps, and building diverse teams. Brett has a global team of 600 highly talented technologists who do amazing work every day. He has been with Target since 2008. Prior to Target, Brett was the Assistant Vice President, Financial Operations at The Hartford. He led a team of 60 financial professionals supporting key Life Insurance functions including claims administration, reinsurance administration, financial controls, and cash management. Brett holds a BS, Management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Executive vice-president and chief HR officer for BD, Betty leads all human resource efforts. A champion in organizational development, Betty previously served as the senior vice-president of human resources for BD’s Interventional Segment, Greater Asia, and Innovation-related functions. Betty’s expertise in human resources spans over 20 years, beginning as human resource director for Baxter International and later becoming global vice-president of human resources for Bard. Betty has held universal positions in every business segment, working extensively with commercial, operational, and research and development organizations. Betty holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human resources from the University of Illinois, as well as an MBA from Northwestern University. In addition to serving on BCU’s Board of Directors, Betty actively supports the Overlook Foundation.
As corporate vice president and chief information officer at Baxter International, Paul is responsible for information technology strategy, operations, processes, and supporting Baxter’s business worldwide. He also serves as executive sponsor for Baxter’s African American Leadership Council and as chairman of the Howard University Information Systems Advisory Board. Paul received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Western Kentucky University.
Christine has been corporate vice president, human resources at Edwards Lifesciences since 2012. She has over 25 years of experience across all disciplines of human resources, including 17 years in roles of increasing responsibility at Edwards and, prior to the company’s spin-out, Baxter. Christine is on the board of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation and OCTANe, a nonprofit focused on innovation. She actively supports the American Heart Association, including serving as the Orange County Go Red for Women chair. Christine earned a dual bachelor’s degree in business administration and organizational effectiveness at The College at Brockport State University of New York and a master’s degree in human resources management from Chapman University.
Mark is founder and CEO of Rose Tree Consulting. A healthcare-focused organization specializing in sales consultation, Rose Tree works primarily with manufacturers, distributors and providers. Mark is an executive advisor for the private equity firm Water Street Partners in Chicago and serves in a similar capacity for ICU Medical in San Diego. In addition to serving on the BCU board, he is also a board member of Kit Check, a pharmacy company specializing in RFID technology. Mark worked for 35 years with Fortune 20 company Cardinal Health, serving in several different capacities during his tenure. He ran manufacturing businesses, distribution warehouse locations, marketing functions and served as President of Integrated Provider Solutions. Mark developed the “One Cardinal Health” offering specifically for the provider network in healthcare. His last assignment for Cardinal Health was Chief Customer Officer, which he held for twelve years. Before joining Cardinal Health, he served as vice president and general manager of Amsco International, a specialty manufacturing business for hospitals. Mark was a board member for Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) for four years and was involved with the Joint Commission on Healthcare for three years. He is also a member of American College of Healthcare Executives. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.
Senior vice president, human resources for Cardinal Health, Ola has been in the organization for over 14 years. She currently leads enterprise global total rewards, talent acquisition and the corporate business partner teams. Previously, Snow led the medical segment human resources team, supporting over 17,000 employees around the globe. She was regional human resources director for TeleSpectrum Worldwide prior to Cardinal. Ola earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing/management from the University of Alabama.
As Senior Vice President of UnitedHealth Group’s Total Rewards function, David Strauss is responsible for directing the design, implementation, communication and administration of the company’s overall compensation and benefits programs. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, David was the Head of Compensation for Genentech, responsible for leading compensation programs and services for the North America Pharmaceutical business. Previously, he held leadership roles with Fidelity Investments, Dell, MasterCard and Merrill Lynch. David earned his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia University with concentrations in Accounting and Finance. He also holds a JD and an LLM in Taxation both from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
Michael G. Valentine, President/CEO
Mike’s credit union career began in 1984, when he joined BCU as manager of lending & collections. In 1994, Mike was appointed President/CEO. His collaborative, team- based management style has guided BCU to over 200,000 members and $2.5 billion in assets. Topping the list of Mike’s strategic achievements are successfully transitioning BCU from a single corporate sponsor to select employer group (SEG-based) institution, and setting new standards for bringing together technology and personalized service. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1981 with Household Finance. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.