Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions Welcomes Two New Directors

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — September 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 16, 2014 – The Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions Board of Directors added two new directors, Mecklenburg County Commissioner George Dunlap and former Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS) executive Russ Guerin at its September meeting.

The board approved the appointment of Dunlap and Guerin in June 2014. Dunlap and Guerin were sworn in during the Sept. 12-13 meeting last week. The new directors join 10 other board directors from throughout Cardinal Innovations’ service regions. The other directors are: Lucy Drake, the former mayor of Stallings, N.C., and current chairman of the board; Amanda Blanks; Bill Burgin; Carolyn Hoskins; Danny Wright; Ethel Fuller; Fred McClure; John Moon; Marcelle Smith; and Steve Yuhasz. Read more about the seated board directors at

Cardinal Innovations, formerly PBH, is a managed care organization handling all Medicaid and state funding for mental health, intellectual and developmental disability, and substance use/addiction services for more than 2.4 million people in 16 counties with a network of about 1,100 providers. In April, Cardinal Innovations began managing Mecklenburg County’s $200 million contract for those services. The new Governing Board members come from Mecklenburg County.

Dunlap was born and raised in Pineville, N.C., and is a life-long resident of Mecklenburg County. He currently serves as the District 3 representative on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and will serve as the commissioner representative on the Governing Board. He was elected to the Board of Commissioners after serving more than 13 years as the District 3 representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Dunlap serves as chairman of Mecklenburg County’s Health and Human Services Committee and has also been involved in economic development, serving as a member of the county’s Economic Development Committee and as chairman of the Centralina Economic Development Commission. He also served as an executive board member for the Centralina Council of Government and a member of the University City Partners Board of Directors.

Dunlap received his master’s degree in public administration from UNC Charlotte in 2003. He also holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice from UNCC and associate degrees in correctional science and law enforcement from Central Piedmont Community College. Dunlap was a fellow in the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership in 1992 and has also been a fellow of the Board Institute of Governance. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974-76 and worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for 27 years until his retirement in 2005. Dunlap volunteers for several organizations and attends Saint Paul Baptist Church, a 5,000 member congregation, where he serves as the chair of the Board of Directors.

Guerin was a leader in the Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS), comprised of over 60,000 employees at more than 900 locations, for more than 26 years. As Executive Vice President of Business Development and Planning, Guerin was responsible for implementing marketing, public relations, managed care, performance improvement, strategic planning, and business development for CHS. As part of his community relations responsibilities, Guerin ensured that CHS built strong partnerships in the communities it served and encouraged employees to be strong community supporters and ambassadors.

Prior to joining CHS, Guerin was a manager with Deloitte. He has an accounting degree from the University of Illinois and a master of science in health systems management from Rush University. Guerin, a Stage 4 cancer survivor, serves on the boards of the Harris Branch of the YMCA, the Charlotte Police Foundation, the UNCC Foundation and several cancer organizations. Originally from Chicago, Guerin has lived in Charlotte since 1984 with his wife, Suzie, and their four children. He is currently working as an executive coach focusing on leadership training.

The Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions Governing Board meets every other month. The next meeting will be Nov. 8. The board meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516.

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