Leadership

For over 30 years, The Health Plan, as a community health organization, has striven to provide service that is vibrant, personal and energetic. We’ve built a solid reputation through a team of health care professionals and partners who understand the meaning of integrity.


James M Pennington

James M. Pennington

President and CEO

Jim strongly believes The Health Plan has a strong foundation and position within the region to build a quality oriented and growth-focused company. A West Virginia native, Jim has over 35 years of experience in the health insurance industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Master's Degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University. Jim's career in the health insurance industry began at McDonough Caperton Insurance Group. He became president and CEO of its Benefits Services Division, which evolved into Acordia National and ultimately Wells Fargo TPA. He previously held the role of president and CEO with USI Administrators, ppoNEXT, and HealthSmart. In his free time, Jim enjoys golfing, traveling and hiking.

Jeff Knight

Jeffrey M. Knight

Chief Financial Officer

Since 1998, Jeff has been a part of The Health Plan's Finance Department. He has held the position of chief financial officer for 11 years. Prior to joining The Health Plan, Jeff worked in public accounting for Costanzo & Associates. Jeff is a certified public accountant and a member of the West Virginia Society of CPAs. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University, majoring in accounting. Jeff is also vice president of the Mountaineer Girls Softball Association Board, an organization that oversees the recreational softball leagues in Ohio and Marshall counties. He enjoys all outdoor activities and is an avid golfer. Jeff resides in Wheeling, WV with his wife, Kristen and their two children.

E. David Mathieu, Jr.

E. David Mathieu, Jr.

Vice President Commercial Products

Since 1989, David served as vice president of sales/marketing at The Health Plan. Prior to his career with The Health Plan, David was the director of marketing in South Florida for MetLife Healthcare Network of Florida, Inc. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Liberty University and his Masters of Business Administration from West Virginia University. David is a former, two-term board member for the Ohio County Board of Education. He is a former chairman for Wheeling Health Right Board of Directors, Main Street Bank board member, Ohio Association of Health Plans delegate, and marketing committee member for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. David enjoys biking, softball and pickleball, he has also coached youth baseball and fast-pitch softball. David resides in Wheeling, WV with his wife, Jill and four children.

Richard H. Legg

Richard H. Legg

Vice President Benefit Services

Richard has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare arena from the hospital to brokerage sides of the business. Prior to The Health Plan, Richard was senior vice president of sales and marketing at HealthSmart Benefit Solutions. He was senior vice president and chief operating officer for Wells Fargo and Acordia National Third Party Administrators. Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University, with an emphasis in accounting and management. He also received his Masters of Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Richard, licensed in life and health insurance, is on the board of directors at Thomas Hospital in South Charleston, WV and a past board member of the YMCA. He is a member of Rotary International and active in the Society Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA), Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA), and National Association of Health Underwriters. Richard, an avid skier and golfer, is married. He is a proud father of two daughters.

Patricia Fast

Patricia Fast

Vice President Government Programs and Operations

Patti has held various management positions within The Health Plan over the course of her 32 years with the company. She has worked in various capacities overseeing claims, customer service, quality improvement, information systems, provider relations and other operational areas. Patti received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative Management from Miami University.  Patti is currently the president of the local United Way Board of Directors. She was past president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and is actively involved in various church activities. Patti is married and the mother of three boys. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

John Fischer

John Fischer

Vice President Clinical Services

John directs and leads the clinical services at The Health Plan including care management, disease management, wellness, behavioral health, prescription benefit management program and the company’s medical director. John has 28 years of managed care experience encompassing executive leadership, business development, self-funded health plan sales and account management, provider network development, stop-loss product development, medical monitoring program development/implementation, and cardiac care and health and wellness nursing. John graduated from West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and an Associate of Science in Nursing. John, a licensed WV life and health agent and registered nurse, joined McDonough Caperton Benefit Services as the claims operation manager. He recently held the position of president of Physician Services LC d.b.a. 4 MOST Health Network, a West Virginia-based and physician-owned PPO headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia. John is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters, WV Chapter. He is also owner/operator of Blackberry Ridge Farm. He loves to fish, hunt, and exercise. A devoted husband for 29 years and father of two sons, John is a highly motivated self-starter entrepreneur.

Bob Roset

Bob Roset

Chief Information Officer

Bob has worked at The Health Plan for 28 years in various IT positions. Prior to The Health Plan, Bob worked in the banking industry IT department. He also owned his own computer consulting company for eight years. Bob graduated from WVNCC with his Associate degree in Applied Science. He also received his BSBA in Management from Wheeling Jesuit University. Bob volunteered for the Ohio Valley Grand Prix Run/Walk Racing Series and is active in church volunteer work. Married for 25 years and father of two sons, Bob also enjoys traveling and golf.

Jason Landers

Jason Landers

Vice President Network Services

Jason has over 24 years' experience of working in a variety of roles in health care such as managed care, physician recruitment and relations, business development and practice administration. Landers led WVFH through a time period of losses to a $40 million turnaround and a multimillion-dollar profitability. He also led Highmark WV Medicaid team to grow their provider-sponsored network from a start-up organization to 60,000. Landers has an MBA from West Virginia University and a B.S. in Business Management from West Virginia Institute of Technology. He is active in the Parkersburg Rotary Club, National Quality Forum and WV Association of Health Plans.

Carla Bell

Carla Bell

Vice President Human Resources

With over ten years of experience in human resource management, Carla has worked for The Health Plan since 1999. She is PHR and SHRM-CP certified. Carla is a member of the National SHRM and Upper Ohio Valley SHRM. She also holds a degree in business and human resource management and has acquired her paralegal certification. She is a member of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley Board of Directors and a past board member of Catholic Community Services. Carla is also West Virginia Notary. A resident of Wheeling, WV, Carla is married and the mother of two children. Carla enjoys reading, walking and traveling in her free time.