Scott Towers, President
Travis Weir, Staff Vice President, Underwriting and Analytics
Jana L. Johnson, Staff Vice President, Dental Operations
As President of Anthem Dental, Scott Towers has responsibility for managing dental profit/loss and membership across the enterprise, with accountability for product development, operations, underwriting, network development and strategy.
Prior to accepting the role as President, Scott has been an instrumental Anthem Specialty leader with more than 20 years of experience in the dental business. He joined Anthem during 2009 when we acquired DeCare Dental. Most recently, Scott has been responsible for leading Anthem’s dental underwriting, analytics and product development teams, which are important growth drivers for our overall dental business. He has been a key member of the leadership team that developed Anthem’s distinctive dental value proposition based on leading dental products and networks, quality service delivery and Medical and Specialty integration. In fact, our Dental PPO Network has grown by over 78 percent during the past five years and now ranks as one of the largest in the country with over 123,000 participating dentists.
Scott has a degree in Mathematics with an Actuarial Specialization from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Carlson School of Management (U of MN).
As Vice President, Managed Dental Business, Dani Fjelstad focuses on financial analysis for the overall dental business and account management for the managed partner business.
Dani has been affiliated with the organization since 1989 and previously specialized in the health care industry as a national healthcare practice instructor and senior manager in the healthcare audit practice of KPMG Peat Marwick. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a 1996 graduate of the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development and holds BA Degrees in Accounting and Economics from Luther College.
As Staff Vice President, Dental Strategy and Operations, Nancy McMorran oversees dental claims, customer service, grievance and appeals, operations special services, and dental government program administration.
Nancy has been with the organization since 1994. Previously, Nancy served as Director of Nurses, an area Administrator for a national health care corporation, Medicaid fraud investigator, Health Care Policy Analyst and Director of Health Care Policy for Medicaid, General Assistance Medical Care and MinnesotaCare for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She holds a degree in Healthcare Policy and a degree in Nursing, and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program.
As Regional Vice President, Professional Services, Colleen Askvig oversees dental’s provider networks, credentialing, provider data, privacy, and quality.
Colleen joined the organization in 2013. Previously, Colleen was a litigation attorney defending insurance companies and Director of Operations and Compliance for an international arbitration and mediation firm. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
As Staff Vice President, Underwriting & Analytics, Travis Weir currently oversees dental underwriting and the research/analytics areas. He has accountability for provider utilization analysis, fraud, waste and abuse detection, rating and quoting tool development, client reporting, provider reimbursement pricing and administration, dental underwriting for individuals and for groups of 2 to 100,000+ employees with various fully insured and self-insured funding mechanisms.
Travis joined the organization in 1999 and has held various leadership positions in Actuarial, Underwriting and Data Analytics. He received his BA from Minnesota State University in Mathematics with concentrations in Economics and Business Administration.
As Staff Vice President of Operations, Jana Johnson is accountable to ensure dental operations and service results are aligned with member and customer and Anthem’s needs. These functions include dental’s contact centers, client and benefit set up, managed partner enrollment and eligibility, claims processes, grievance and appeals, special operational services, operational reporting and audit and system and process improvement.
Jana joined the organization in 2018. Previously she held a variety of executive roles at Medica Health Plan, Minneapolis, most recently as Senior Vice President of Health and Provider Services. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President of Operations. Her experience spans health plans and care delivery systems, providing leadership in operations and service, clinical program administration, provider contracting, business intelligence, strategic planning, and marketing/program development. Jana has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota.