The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) board of directors has elected Mike Cassling as an advisory board member.

Cassling is executive chairman of CQuence Health and its flagship partner company, Cassling. His community service leadership is extensive; he currently serves as an Aksarben Governor, vice chair of the Omaha Performing Arts board and is the founder and first chairman of the Nebraska Tech Collaborative. Additionally, Cassling serves on the Omaha Community Foundation, Nebraska Health Information Initiative and the Salvation Army National boards, as well as the advisory board for the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a past chair of the Omaha Community Foundation and Salvation Army National boards.

In other board action during the company’s annual meeting of members on March 25, Karen B. Aman, owner and member of AVL Holdings, LLC, and Dan E. Ernst, Ph.D., associate executive director of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, were re-elected to three-year terms.

Other members of BCBSNE’s board of directors continuing to serve are Leslie R. Andersen, Bennington; Anthony L. Goins, Lincoln; John Jenkins, Omaha; Dr. John C. Mitchell, II, Omaha; Anthony F. Raimondo, Jr., Columbus; Jeff Russell, Omaha; Steven W. Seline, Omaha; Robert E. Synowicki, Jr., Omaha; and Kevin Vermeer, Ashland.

“BCBSNE celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. We have a rich legacy behind us, but there is so much more to come,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO. “We are beginning to widen the aperture of our engagement with our members and our communities, moving from thinking of ourselves as just an insurance company that pays medical expenses, to being a champion for the health and well-being of our members and the communities we serve. I appreciate the board’s support as we work to live out this mission.”