Our Board

Jared L. Short

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jared L. Short

Jared Short is chief executive officer of Cambia Health Solutions, a nonprofit total health solutions company dedicated to making health care simpler, better and more affordable for people and their families. He is passionate about driving innovations that make a difference in people’s health and lives.

At the heart of his vision is meeting members where they are on their health care journey. He is building on Cambia’s legacy of being a trusted health care company for more than 100 years, facilitating collaborative partnerships between providers and patients and strategically investing in like-minded companies through Echo Health Ventures to meet the needs of the approximately 3.4 million people served through Cambia’s regional health plans in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Before becoming CEO in 2021, Jared drove innovation and performance across the organization as president and chief operating officer. Jared’s career at Cambia began in 1999, when he joined the company in a finance role. He left briefly to join BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, where he served as chief marketing and underwriting officer. In 2009, Jared returned to Cambia as president of its health plan in Oregon and has been in leadership positions at Cambia since.

Jared is the chair of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area. He also serves on the board of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Prime Therapeutics, Echo Health Ventures and Oregon Business Council. Jared serves as chair of the board of directors for TriWest Healthcare Alliance and serves on the board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Willamette University.

Michael Arrieta

Michael Arrieta headshot

Michael Arrieta is the founder and chief executive officer of Garden City Companies, a purpose-driven private equity firm that acquires and grows family-owned companies. Previously, he was an executive at DocuSign, where he served as global vice president, general manager and chief of staff to the chief executive officer.

Michael also co-founded New Story, a nonprofit that has built more than 2,000 homes in developing countries. In addition, he founded MAV Ventures, a venture capital firm that has invested in over a hundred companies. He earned his undergraduate degree in business management and entrepreneurship from the University of Alabama. Michael joined the Cambia board in 2022.

Pamela Culpepper

Headshot of Pamela Culpepper

Pamela Culpepper is the managing partner of the Leadership Advisory Practice at Hanold Associates, where she focuses on leadership development, diversity and human sustainability strategies. Before joining Hanold Associates, Pamela co-founded Have Her Back LLC, a woman-owned and woman-led culture consultancy focused on advancing equity for all.

A veteran executive with more than 25 years of experience, Pamela has held human resources leadership positions at global companies including Cboe Global Markets, Golin and PepsiCo. She currently serves on the board of directors for Prada S.p.A., making her the first Black woman on Prada’s board in the company’s history. Pamela has a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Eastbay, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She joined the Cambia board in 2023.

Susannah Fox

Susannah Fox

Susannah Fox, of Washington, D.C., advises companies and organizations on how to navigate the intersection of health and technology. She is currently leading a project focused on use of social media to gather and share health information. She brought a passion for innovation to her term as chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she created opportunities for entrepreneurship across the HHS workforce. With clear dedication for the health care system, she has targeted making the system better for the patients that depend upon it throughout her career.

Prior to this, she was entrepreneur-in-residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As associate director of the internet project at the Pew Research Center, she pioneered participatory research methods to explore how information technology and social media affect the health care industry and the consumer health care experience.

She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution, Before Brands, the Atlas of Caregiving, and the Founder’s Circle for the Society for Participatory Medicine. Susannah holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Wesleyan University. She joined the Cambia board in 2017.

Michael G. Koppel

Michael G. Koppel

Michael G. Koppel, of Seattle, Washington, was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Nordstrom, Inc., from 2001 to 2017. Before joining Nordstrom, he held leadership roles in several retail organizations, including CML Group, Lids Corporation and May Department Stores.

Michael earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and has done graduate work at Trinity College. He is a member of the board of the University of Connecticut Foundation. He was appointed to the Cambia board in 2009 and was named chair in 2017. 

Katharine G. Lindemann

Katharine G. Lindemann

Katharine G. Lindemann, of Dedham, Massachusetts, recently served as senior vice president of retail support services for Panera, LLC. Prior to joining Panera, Katherine served as chief operating officer at Flex Pharma in Boston. She also served as the chief operating officer for DAVIDsTEA, Inc., of Montreal, and as senior vice president of store operations for Savers, Inc., in Bellevue, Washington. She was appointed to the Cambia board in 2009.

Katharine began her career as a store manager at Starbucks Coffee Co. and spent 20 years moving up to leadership roles, including senior vice president for Starbucks foodservice, senior vice president for U.S. business operations, and senior vice president for international operations, store development and global business systems. She is also active in food service industry organizations and non-profit boards. Katharine is a graduate of the University of Santa Clara. 

Esther Machen

Esther Machen Cambia Health Solutions

Esther Machen is both a practicing dentist and president of Machen Family Dentistry in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is also vice president and manager of Machen Family Medicine and president of Machen Properties, LLC. She brings a unique perspective from diverse areas of the health care spectrum as an advocate for improved health in Idaho.

Esther regularly works with students from rural high schools to educate them on health care and higher education opportunities. She presents on dental health at area elementary schools and preschools, and is particularly passionate about educating health professionals and youth on the harms of vaping and energy drinks. She established a fluoride varnish program for elementary students and is also working to increase water fluoridation in Idaho.

As time permits, Esther is a volunteer dentist with dental assisting programs and international humanitarian projects. She is currently a member of the Idaho Oral Health Alliance, the Idaho State Dental Association and the American Dental Association. She also completed a term serving on the Idaho State University Dental Hygiene advisory committee.

Dr. Machen graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Idaho State University. She joined the Cambia board in 2019.

Luis Machuca

Luis Machuca

Luis Machuca, of Hillsboro, Oregon, was president and chief executive officer for Enli Health Intelligence, which provides population health management solutions for health care. He was previously affiliated with Intel Corp., PB-NEC Corp. and eFusion Corp. Luis is a graduate of Purdue University. He was appointed to the Cambia board in 2008.

John Morgan

John Morgan

John Morgan, of Portland, Oregon, has led companies in the biotech and medical device industries, including the Mid-America division of Baxter International, Inc., and HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc. John took a hiatus from Cambia board service to join the executive cadre of the company, overseeing the growth and development of the company's suite of consumer-focused health and wellness products, where he helped shape the corporate development function.

John returned to the corporate world – and to the Cambia board – and is now the health care operating partner for Public Pension Capital LLC (PPC), a New York- and Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in several verticals, including health care, industrials, tech-enabled services and specialty chemicals. He was appointed to the Cambia board in 2012. A University of Arizona graduate, John has a bachelor's degree in public administration and economics.

Timothy J. Morgan

Tim Morgan

Tim Morgan, of Portland, Oregon, leads AAA Oregon/Idaho as president and chief executive officer. In this role, he leads a services/products company attuned to the needs of an evolving and sizable membership. A CPA by experience, he served many years as a chief financial officer for NW Pump & Equipment Co. and for Portland Bottling Company.

Tim serves on the boards of the University of Portland and the American Commerce Insurance Co. He is also a member of the SOLV Founders Circle. His Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting is from the University of Portland, and he has taken executive management courses and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. He joined the Cambia board in 2017.

George J. Mulhern

George J. Mulhern

George Mulhern brings 25 years of business-to-business technology experience as chairman and CEO leading a turnaround for Cradlepoint, now an industry leader in cloud-delivered network solutions. Prior experience includes driving economic growth as general partner at entrepreneurial catalyst Highway 12 Ventures; running hardware, software, R&D and services businesses through a 20-year career at Hewlett Packard; and early sales experience with General Electric.

George serves on the executive board of directors for the Idaho Technology Council and also as a mentor at Trailhead, a startup incubator. A scholarship athlete, he earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration from San Jose State University. George joined the Cambia board in 2018.

Jake Nichol

Jake Nichol

Jake Nichol, currently of Park City, Utah, has more than 40 years’ experience in the tool industry, both in the U.S. and internationally. He recently completed a nine-year tenure as CEO and president of Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

At Leatherman, Jake navigated the company from a maturing product phase through a lean manufacturing transition and new product development acceleration process. Prior to joining Leatherman, Jake spent eight years as president at Danaher Corp. (manufacturer of Sears Craftsman tools) and 24 years at Stanley Tools, where he served as president of Stanley Proto Tools and Stanley Works Asia Pacific. He was appointed to the Cambia board in 2014. A native of Salt Lake City, Jake completed his education at the University of Utah. He also currently serves on the board of directors at ESCO Corp. and Leupold & Stevens Corp.

Astrid S. Tuminez

Astrid S. Tuminez portrait

Astrid S. Tuminez, of Provo, Utah is the president of Utah Valley University (UVU). She’s first female president of UVU, the largest public university in Utah. Born in a farming village in the Philippine province of Iloilo, she has 30+ years of leadership experience in the academic, technology, finance, non- profit, and public policy sectors. She was previously the Regional Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs for Southeast Asia at Microsoft.

She is contributing to effective governance and helping bridge gaps in opportunity through current advisory board service at Utah Symphony Utah Opera and Zions Bank. Previously, she served on the boards of the Bank of Philippine Islands and Singapore American School. She has been an adviser to the Asian Women’s Leadership University Project, the Global Economic Symposium, and the ASEAN Institute on Disability and Public Policy. She joined the Cambia board in 2021.