UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
Staff Biographies
Executive Director

Fran Parker, Executive Director of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, has over 40 years of experience in the health care arena—starting in 1971 at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. In 1979, she began her illustrious career at Health Alliance Plan (HAP) as one of 14 original employees. She worked her way through the ranks of various positions until 2004 when she was named President and Chief Executive Officer of HAP and Senior Vice President of Insurance-Purchaser relations for Henry Ford Health System. She retired from HAP in 2008 and was asked to lead the implementation efforts to establish the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust.

The Trust is the largest non-government purchaser of retiree health care in the United States. She is on the Board of Trustees for Dana VEBA, Bosch VEBA, Daimler VEBA, Mack VEBA and ACC VEBA; the Board of Directors of the Greater Detroit Area Health Council; and the Alliance for Health Reform Board of Directors. She recently completed eight years on the Board of Regents for Eastern Michigan University, serving the last two years as Regent Chair.


Chief Strategy & Financial Officer

Mary Beth Kuderik is the Chief Strategy and Financial Officer of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. Ms. Kuderik has been with the Trust since 2009. Her continued responsibilities include strategic planning of healthcare operations, the Trust’s internal and external financial and regulatory reporting, finance management and operations, investment operations and independent risk management, purchasing, regulatory filings, budgeting, forecasting, analytical review of activities, carrier finance negotiations and contracting. Activities of her team has generated substantial annual cash savings and improvements for the Trust.

Ms. Kuderik joined the Trust after 28 years with General Motors where she specialized in financial management, post-retirement benefits, health care finance, auditing, and compliance and controls. Additionally while at General Motors, she directed $59 billion U.S. post-retirement benefit obligation (OPEB) finance operations and $4.6 billion U.S. health care cash management and forecasting activity.

Ms. Kuderik earned a Master's of Health Care Delivery Science degree from Dartmouth and a Bachlor's degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton. She served on the City of Detroit Financial Advisory Board and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Chief Investment Officer
Hershel Harper is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. With more than 18 years of institutional investment experience, he leads the Trust's investment strategy.

Prior to joining the Trust, he served as the CIO of the South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission (RSIC), the governing body responsible for investing and managing all assets for the South Carolina Retirement System. In that position, he was responsible for developing investment policies and strategy, asset and risk allocations, overseeing manager due diligence, and managing a team of 20 investment professionals. He also collaborated with the Executive Director on strategic planning, budgeting and communicating with key stakeholders (retiree and employee associations), including the General Assembly. Mr. Harper also previously served as the Chair of the Internal Investment Committee, and was designated as the Commission’s key decision maker for Strategic Partnerships, and was the primary liaison with the Investment Consultant. Prior to joining RSIC, Mr. Harper worked with organizations including Banc of America Capital Management, Columbia Management, Evergreen Investments and State Street Global Advisors.

Mr. Harper earned his master’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University and his bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana Tech University. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and remains a member of the CFA Society of South Carolina.


Chief Administrative Officer

Ronald Berry is Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. Mr. Berry is a health care leader with more than 25 years of broad experience in health care including operations, provider and government contracting, claims management and finance. His career experience includes leading finance and cross-functional teams, business development, public relations, and policy.

As CAO, Mr. Berry is responsible for oversight of eligibility, carrier management, communications and the implementation of Medicare-related changes affecting Trust members.  

Prior to joining the Trust in July 2015, Mr. Berry most recently served as a Vice President of Finance at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan following a 15-year career at HAP where he served in various capacities including Senior Vice President, Government Programs (Medicare, Medicaid and related Affordable Care Act directives) and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining HAP, Mr. Berry was with Deloitte & Touche, LLP, as a director of the Audit Department where he managed audits for major health care organizations including multi-hospital health systems and insurers.

Mr. Berry holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Michigan, Flint, and is a certified public accountant. An active community volunteer, he serves on the board of the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan and is a former board member of Mariner’s Inn, the American Heart Association, The Heat and Warmth Fund, and YMCA.

Chief Corporate Governance Officer

Meredith Miller is the Chief Corporate Governance Officer of the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. She oversees the Corporate Governance Program of the Trust for domestic and international equities, including building relationships with the Trust’s investment managers around sustainability issues and proxy voting practices.

Ms. Miller joined the Trust in 2010 after serving 12 years as Assistant Treasurer for Policy for the Connecticut State Treasurer. In this capacity, Ms. Miller was responsible for the Treasurer’s initiatives related to Corporate Governance for the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trusts, economic development and financial education. Ms. Miller previously served in the Clinton Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Miller also served as the Assistant Director of the Employee Benefits Department, AFL-CIO and previously as the Assistant Director of Research for Employee Benefits, Service Employees International Union. 

Ms. Miller received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts and her Master’s of Science degree from the London School of Economics, London, England.

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