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Blue Cross Foundation Welcomes New Board Chair and Members
Date:10/29/2008

EAGAN, Minn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation welcomes Pat Geraghty, Deborah Meehan and Shawn Patterson to its 13-member board of directors. Geraghty recently joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota as president and CEO. He is also chair of the foundation's board. Meehan is the founder and executive director of the Leadership Learning Community in Oakland, Calif., and Patterson is the vice president of marketing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The board directs the state's largest grantmaking foundation dedicated exclusively to improving health in Minnesota and includes five community representatives.

"Pat has a special interest in reducing health inequities, which is a primary focus for our foundation. Deborah joins us at a critical time in the development of our community health leadership program and brings extensive experience from her work with similar programs across the country," said Marsha Shotley, Foundation president. "And Shawn's strong business background and passion for creating healthier communities are an ideal fit for our board."

Geraghty is responsible for the strategy and operations of the state's largest health plan, serving 2.9 million members, with a full scope of health plan products and services. Prior to joining Blue Cross, Geraghty served as senior vice president of the Service Division for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Colgate University and is a frequent speaker on a range of health care topics. He has served as the chair of the American Conference on Diversity board and has served in a variety of other community leadership and volunteer positions.

Meehan leads The Leadership Learning Community, a national organization for leadership development programs. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on several boards, including Children's Advocate, Intern
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