May 4, 2020 (Smithfield, RI) – Neighborhood Health Plan of
Rhode Island (Neighborhood), a not-for-profit health plan founded to serve
Rhode Island’s at-risk populations, today announced the appointment of two new
members to its board of directors. Lisa Ranglin, vice president and regulatory
compliance program manager for Providence-based Citizens Bank, and Daniel Da
Ponte, AIF®, founder, and Managing Principal of Axis Advisors, LLC and Axis
Risk Management in East Providence, joined the 17-member board to help shape
Neighborhood’s long-term initiatives to ensure everyone in Rhode Island has
access to cost-effective, high-quality health care.
In her role at Citizens Bank in the Enterprise Change
Office, Ranglin oversees the financial institution’s strategic approach to
regulatory compliance and ensures that risk and compliance are embedded in all
aspects of projects across the organization. Before joining Citizens, Ranglin
held senior-level project and program management positions at other financial
institutions, as well as a technology services company.
“In light of the ever-changing health care landscape, Lisa’s
nearly 20 years of project and program management experience will be a
tremendous asset to Neighborhood,” said Peter Marino, president and CEO of
Neighborhood. “Her skills as a change agent, combined with her financial and
compliance expertise, will help advance our mission and improve the lives of
Ranglin is the founding president of the Rhode Island Black
Business Association and a member of the board of directors at Roger Williams
Medical Center and the Institute for Economic Empowerment & Development.
Before being appointed to Neighborhood’s board of directors, she served on the
organization’s planning committee for one year.
Ranglin holds a Bachelor of Science in computer programming
technology from New England Technical College and a Master of Science in Human
Resource Management from Johnson and Wales University. She is also a certified
Project Management Professional and a certified Six Sigma Green Belt with
Design for Six Sigma. Ranglin resides in Providence. As founder and Managing
Principal of Axis Advisors, LLC and Axis Risk Management, Da Ponte provides
comprehensive financial planning, wealth management, risk management, and
business consulting, as well as risk management solutions to individuals,
families and businesses. Da Ponte served in the Rhode Island Senate from 1999
to 2018 representing district 14 in East Providence. He served as Senate
Democratic Deputy Majority Whip and as Chairman of the Senate Committee on
Finance from 2009-2017. He was a key architect of personal and corporate income
tax reform plans and was a key figure in the Rhode Island Retirement Security
Act. “With his extensive financial background and long history of service to
the state, Daniel brings invaluable skills to Neighborhood,” said Marino. “As a
health plan focused on delivering the highest quality of service to our members
while effectively managing costs and coordinating efforts with state agencies,
we welcome the expertise he can provide in these areas.”
Da Ponte has served as a director and trustee of the
Narragansett Bay Commission, the Costal Resources Management Council and the
Rhode Island State Investment Commission. He is also a weekly contributor on
Portuguese language radio station WJFD 97.3 FM’s “Financial Journal”.
Da Ponte holds a Bachelor of Science in business
administration from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science in
personal finance planning from Kansas State University. He is a resident of
“In addition to the business and leadership skills Lisa and
Daniel bring to our board, it’s clear from their extensive involvement on other
non-profit boards that they also bring a passion for improving the lives of
Rhode Islanders,” added Marino. “That makes them a great fit for Neighborhood.”
Neighborhood also announced the appointment of a new member
to its planning committee. Larry Warner, director of grants and strategic
initiatives for United Way of Rhode Island (United Way), brings to the
committee an impressive background and deep commitment to the community. At
United Way, he is responsible for managing the grantmaking and program
investment process to address and solve community needs, and provides direction
for the strategic development of funding plans.
Warner is also co-chair of the Rhode Island Commission for
Health Advocacy and Equity, which monitors the status of health disparities and
provides guidance to state and community stakeholders to promote health equity
in Rhode Island.
Warner holds a Bachelor of Arts in health and society and a
Master of Public Health from Brown University. He is currently a candidate for
a Doctor of Public Health in health equity and social justice at the Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Warner resides in Cranston.
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island is a not-for-profit
health insurance plan. We currently serve about 190,000 members in the state.
About 80 percent of our membership is Medicaid eligible through our ACCESS and
TRUST plans. Just under 10 percent of our members utilize our INTEGRITY
Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP). More than 10 percent of our membership represents
individuals, families and small businesses who select one of eight Neighborhood
commercial plans available through the health exchange, HealthSource RI. Of
these members, about 85 percent qualify for federal subsidies to cover a
portion of their costs.
In December 1993, Neighborhood was founded in partnership
with Rhode Island’s Community Health Centers. We served our first 1,490 members
in December 1994, and by 2000, we grew to 50,000 members. Starting in November
2013, Neighborhood doubled its membership, revenue, and staff through the
introduction of the Affordable Care Act and state leadership’s decision to
extend coverage to more Rhode Islanders.
In December 2019, we celebrated 25 years of service. Since
2001 – for 19 consecutive years – the National Committee for Quality Assurance
(NCQA) has rated Neighborhood one of the top Medicaid health plans in America.
Since 2014, our commercial plans have earned NCQA’s highest accreditation
level. Today, Neighborhood – with 500 employees and $1.4 billion in revenue –
serves one out of every five Rhode Islanders.
Learn more at nhpri.org