Leadership

Joe Pray

President and CEO
Joe joined Trustmark in 2002 as Vice President, Sales, Voluntary Benefit Solutions, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2007, leading that business to record sales. Joe assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2012.
 
Prior to joining Trustmark, Joe was President and Chief Operating Officer of Greater Georgia Life Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Cerulean Companies/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. He has more than 30 years of experience in the employee benefits industry and holds designations of Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He is active in industry and community organizations, currently serving on the boards of AHIP, the MIB Group, Inc., and the United Way of Lake County, Illinois. Joe earned a B.S. in accounting and data processing from Ferris State University.

John Anderson

Senior Vice President, Starmark, Managed Care and Strategic Growth Ventures
John joined Trustmark in 1990. He was named Vice President, Starmark Actuarial in 2005 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2009. In addition to Starmark, John is responsible for Trustmark’s managed care operations, which provide access to leading national and regional provider networks and a variety of pharmacy benefit services.
 
John earned a B.S. in mathematics from North Park University. He is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Steve Auburn

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Steve joined Trustmark in 2014 from Coskata, Inc., where he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He brings to Trustmark broad experience with public, private and international companies.
 
Steve graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in history from the State University of New York and earned his Juris Doctor at the Syracuse University College of Law. He also has a Master of Public Administration from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy and completed his MBA at Northwestern University. He is a member of the state bar in Illinois, New Mexico and New York.

Jim Coleman

Senior Vice President and Chief Enterprise Marketing Officer
Jim joined Trustmark in 2014 from Combined Insurance, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
 
Jim has nearly 30 years of marketing experience at companies such as ExxonMobil, Northwestern Mutual and Culligan International. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Rutgers University.

Nancy Eckrich

Senior Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer, CoreSource
Nancy joined Trustmark in 1986. She was promoted to Senior Vice President, Compliance, Disability Income/Long-term Care and Individual Medical in 2004. In 2010, she assumed responsibility for CoreSource. Nancy has served on the board of the Trustmark Foundation, has chaired the Midwest Claim Conference and has served on various AHIP committees.
 
Nancy earned her bachelor of science in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA at Keller Graduate School.

Phil Goss

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Phil joined Trustmark in 2008 as Vice President, Finance, and was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2010.
 
Prior to Trustmark, Phil was Vice President, Client Reporting and Informatics at Health Care Services Corporation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee for Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
 
Phil serves on the Finance Committee of the United Way of Lake County, Illinois. He earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Bryant University and his MBA at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jerry Hitpas

Senior Vice President, Investments and Risk Management
Jerry joined Trustmark in 1994 as Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer. He has served on various committees of the American Council of Life Insurers and has long been involved with Catholic Charities of Lake County, where he currently serves on the Executive Committee and the Public Relations and Communications Committee.
 
Jerry earned his B.S. in accounting, with honors, from DePaul University and an M.M. in economics and finance from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business.

Paul Lotharius

Senior Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer, HealthFitness
Paul joined Trustmark in 2002 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CoreSource, and was named President of that business in 2007. He assumed leadership of HealthFitness shortly after Trustmark acquired the company in 2010.
 
Paul earned a B.S. in computer science from Purdue University and an MBA at Butler University.

Alex Moral

Senior Vice President, Voluntary Benefit Solutions
Alex joined Trustmark in 2006 as Vice President and Chief Actuary, Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions and brings more than 30 years of industry experience with companies such as Horace Mann Insurance, GE Consumer Finance and AIG American General. He was promoted to Senior Vice President and assumed leadership of Voluntary Benefit Solutions in 2010.
 
Alex earned a bachelor of science in mathematics at the University of the Philippines and a master’s degree in actuarial science at Ball State University.

Dan Simpson

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Dan joined Trustmark in 2011 from Physicians Mutual, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Dan has been honored as Technology Chief of the Year by the Applied Information Management Institute and earned a CIO 100 Award in 2008.
 
Dan earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in biology and chemistry from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He has an M. Ed. in computer technology from Lesley University and completed his EMBA at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Kristin Zelkowitz

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Kristin joined Trustmark in 2013 as Vice President, Talent Management and was named Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in 2015. Prior to Trustmark, Kristin was Director, Talent Management and Acquisition at Exelon Corporation. She has also served in various HR roles at Ameritech and Arthur Anderson & Company.
 
Kristin earned a bachelor of science in industrial/organizational psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and a master of labor and human resources (MLHR) at The Ohio State University.