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Meet the Selection Committee

New England’s UnitedHealthcare Champions Selection Committee consists of community leaders who appreciate the contributions made to our community by people 65 and older. The Selection Committee reviews applications submitted through this website and makes the final determination on the individuals selected. 

Doug Flutie

Doug Flutie

College Football Hall of Fame and 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner

The game of life is constantly shaping us through wins and losses, challenges and opportunities. The UnitedHealthcare Champions program is a great way to recognize that growing older and living through all of those experiences can open doors we never expected to be open.  I look forward to meeting all of this year's UnitedHealthcare Champions and celebrating the things these folks continue to achieve.

-Doug Flutie

Dr. James P. Cardon

Dr. James P. Cardon

Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Hartford Healthcare and CEO, Integrated Care Partners 

At Hartford HealthCare, recognition is foundational to our culture. It is not just what was accomplished but more importantly how. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in recognizing and celebrating a senior who has done extraordinary work to improve the health and wellness of the communities we serve.

-Dr. James Cardon

Laura Davie

Laura Davie

Director of Long-Term Care and Aging, University of New Hampshire 

The moment is now to change the conversation about aging, to embrace the opportunities growing older has for us as individuals and for our society. For ten years, the Center on Aging and Community Living has hosted Age of Champions, an annual intergenerational health fair, which emphasizes the  dividends of aging. UnitedHealthcare’s Champions Program is an opportunity to spotlight the dividends of aging for all of New England.  I am excited to support the UnitedHealthcare Champions Program and especially to hear the many stories that will be shared.

-Laura Davie

Eric Herbek

Eric Herbek

Chief Managed Care Officer, Mass General Brigham 

Mass General Brigham is building the integrated academic healthcare system of the future with patients at its center…transforming care and making care more affordable, improving outcomes and expanding our impact regionally, nationally and globally.  While our patients come from all ages, nationalities, and walks of life, increasingly older Americans make up an important part of our patient population.  Mass General Brigham is pleased to celebrate all of our patients of all ages, and in particular is pleased to recognize older adults who demonstrate their ability to achieve great things not in spite of their age, but because of their age!  

-Eric Herbek 

Jess Maurer

Jess Maurer

Executive Director,  Maine Council on Aging 

I’m participating in the Champions Program because it’s critically important that we intentionally acknowledge the contributions older people are making every day to our workforce, communities, and economies. This program disrupts many of the cultural stereotypes we have about older people and demonstrates that life can be full at any age as long as we keep fully living it. 

-Jess Maurer 

Lisa Ryerson

Lisa Marsh Ryerson

President,  AARP Foundation

I’m honored to serve as a judge for the New England Champions program recognizing older adults who have achieved incredible things because of their age and life experiences. This program gets it exactly right - age really is many older adults’ superpower – enabling them to draw on their life experiences to accomplish remarkable community contributions.  I am truly delighted to be part of a program that spreads the word and lifts up the accomplishments of these exceptional individuals who are sharing their gifts to make the world a better place.

-Lisa Marsh Ryerson 

Mary R. Snyder

Mary R. Snyder

Chief Executive Officer,  UnitedHealthcare

So much of our lifetime is spent building up to the next thing… from birth, to learning to walk and talk, to going to school, to graduating from school, to getting a job, to finding a life partner, to having families, to getting the next job, and then the next job, and then the next job, and eventually retiring. So many of us think of retirement as the end game; I think of it as the beginning! All of those “nexts” that consume our younger years culminate in the time and experiences to truly live our best life. The Champions Program honors that space, and my wish is that through shining light on individuals in that space we can bring hope and optimism and motivation to all older adults.  

 -Mary Snyder