Our Executive Leaders bring years of experience to IEHP, cultivating our team culture and driving us to become a 5-star health plan.
Jarrod B. McNaughton is the Chief Executive Officer of Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP). In this role, he works collaboratively with the IEHP Governing Board to set the strategic vision and provide executive leadership for one of the 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid Plan in the U.S. He cultivates IEHP’s strong partnership with Providers, hospitals and hundreds of community partners to deliver quality whole-person care to more than 1.4 million Members. He ensures financial stewardship and stability for IEHP’s more than $5.4 billion operational budget.
A visionary health care leader, Mr. McNaughton joined IEHP in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for the operations, claims, provider contracts, enrollment and eligibility, performance improvement and Member services departments, supporting IEHP’s organizational directives, advancing IEHP’s LEAN transformation, and ensuring IEHP’s mission to deliver quality service to our Members and Providers effectively and efficiently.
Prior to IEHP, Mr. McNaughton served in several roles of increasing responsibility in hospitals and large hospital systems. For nearly 20 years, he has led multi-tiered operational strategies and innovation that consistently generated superior results. He has a well-established reputation for building dynamic teams, developing leaders and fostering key relationships in the community. His ability to remove obstacles and empower everyone, from frontline Team Members to Physicians, will help support IEHP’s position of strength in the ever-changing health care environment.
Mr. McNaughton’s roles as President of Kettering Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Kettering Health Network demonstrated his strategic business acumen, empathy and visionary leadership. He developed a coordinated and detailed strategy for the entire network and spearheaded many forward-looking changes in services and delivery of care to patients at those facilities. The Kettering Health Network in Southwest Ohio includes eight hospitals, nine emergency departments, many outpatient clinics and over 11,000 employees.
Prior to his role at Kettering Medical Center, Mr. McNaughton was Vice President at San Joaquin Community Hospital. Among his many achievements there, he developed and implemented a new mission and service department that helped increase patient satisfaction scores from the 40th percentile to the 85th percentile in less than a year.
Mr. McNaughton’s strong commitment to the community fits well with IEHP’s mission and company culture. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University and a board member for several educational and non-profit agencies. A volunteer with Global Medical Missions, an international aid organization, he has led short-term mission teams to Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, India, Nepal, Honduras and Mexico. Away from work, he enjoys singing, musical theater and flying single-engine planes.
Mr. McNaughton pursued an undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, Graduate School of Business. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Vinil Devabhaktuni joined Inland Empire Health Plan as Chief Information Officer in October 2021. In this role, Vinil will provide leadership for the overall information technology architecture, as well as the design, development, implementation, and support of IEHP’s systems.
Vinil joins IEHP most recently from Health New England, where he served as the Chief Information and Technology Officer and was responsible for managing a unique portfolio and elevating the role of technology from a supportive function to a strategic partner that played a major part in the growth of the organization. Vinil also developed and executed an end-to-end operational roadmap for sales, underwriting and accounting. In addition, he rearchitected and streamlined production support and application development operations to bring stability, predictability, and optimizations to the organization.
Prior to his role at Health New England, Vinil served as vice president, digital transformation officer at AIG in New York. While in this role, he led a $50M global digital transformation initiative, which included migration and consolidation of digital properties from 140 countries around the world.
Vinil holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Bay Path University in Longmeadow.
Keenan Freeman joined Inland Empire Health Plan as Chief Financial Officer in October 2016. In this executive role, Mr. Freeman is responsible for the overall financial management of IEHP, its financial reporting and transparency, and for multiple plan financial functions including accounting, purchasing, capitation, cost recovery, risk management, and the coordination of fiscal and other operational audits.
Mr. Freeman brings over 28 years of professional finance experience to IEHP which includes 16 years of strategic leadership in multiple functions including financial, operational and strategy development in a provider-owned health plan and a multi-specialty medical group with over 4,000 providers. Mr. Freeman served as Chief Financial Officer for Providence Medical Group in Oregon where he spent 5 years providing operational and financial leadership for over 1,200 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. In addition, he served for eight years as Chief Financial Officer and two years as Chief Operational Officer for First Care Health Plans in Austin Texas.
Mr. Freeman understands the importance of developing external relationships with key physicians, health systems, and governmental entities. He enjoys building cross-functional teams to achieve short and long-term objectives and values the importance of developing external relationships with key physicians, health systems, and governmental entities. Mr. Freeman’s leadership in these areas, and in the annual budget process, keeps IEHP financially stable amid healthcare changes and economic volatility.
Mr. Freeman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and Accounting and a MBA from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Janet Nix joined IEHP as Chief of Organizational Development in August 2015. She is responsible for the organizational development and operations of Human Resources. As the Chief of Organizational Development, utilizing her vast experience and expertise, Dr. Nix leads the way to continue developing and improving the core functions of IEHP’s Human Resources. Dr. Nix’s key focus includes impacting the IEHP culture and enriching IEHP’s goal of developing each employee.
Dr. Nix is in charge of many critical tasks including driving IEHP’s processes for recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, benefits administration, company-wide training, and building employee morale.In her role, she is greatly motivated by and focused on supporting IEHP’s core values.
Dr. Nix brings 30 years of experience to IEHP—15 years in education, and 15 years in healthcare. She is very experienced in organizational development, employee engagement, training at all levels in hospital and health systems environments, and many other areas of Human Resources functions. Her knowledge serves her position at IEHP seamlessly as she leads IEHP’s employee development, leadership development, and company environment advancement.
Prior to IEHP, Dr. Nix worked as the Chief Learning Officer for the Hospital Sisters Health System in Illinois, which encompasses 13 hospitals and three integrated physician networks, including 15,000 employees. Previously, Dr. Nix worked as Assistant Vice President of Learning and Curriculum at St. Mary’s Medical Center, and as Dean of Instruction at Victor Valley Community College District.
Dr. Nix earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Master of Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Nix also earned her Doctor of Educational Leadership from the University of LaVerne.