Cheryl Thomas

Cheryl Thomas

Relevant Experience:


  • Human Resources, Strategic Advisory Services
  • Board of Directors, Compensation committee


Candidate Statement:


“I am excited by the opportunity to join the CGHC Board. I have deep experience and a personal desire to impact the quality, cost, and member experience of health insurance. My expertise in Human Resources (HR) includes employee benefits, compensation, communications, employee relations, recruiting, safety and security, succession planning, and talent management.


The first board I served on was for the Clara Abbott Foundation, which provided financial support to families in need. Over the years, I worked on, and with, a variety of boards. The focuses included women’s leadership, public housing, nursing care, banking, insurance, and family business operations. As an HR leader, I developed training for boards, assessment and feedback processes, and reward programs. I believe these experiences will help me make positive contributions to CGHC.


What I have learned about CGHC impresses me. I believe my professional experience and personal connection to the CGHC mission will make me a strong Board member. My family has experienced a number of situations that have heightened my personal resolve to impact access to, and the quality and cost of, insurance. While my husband and I were fortunate to have jobs that provided high-quality, cost-effective insurance while raising our children, their experience was not the same. My children have struggled with the cost, quality, and access to services, including mental health services. I am also a caregiver for my elderly mother. She relies on me to navigate coverage and services, which are often complex and difficult for her to sort out on her own. As a new member of CGHC, I come to the Board with an open mind and enthusiasm for CGHC’s mission and vision. I believe I can make a positive impact on the future of CGHC.”