Dental Lifeline Network Adds Two New National Board Members

Dental Lifeline Network welcomes two new national board members from the dental-insurance sector: Helen Drexler, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Colorado, and Christopher T. Swanker, CEO of Avēsis.

Helen Drexler has more than 30 years of progressive management experience; Ms. Drexler is deeply versed in all aspects of the health insurance industry. In her current role, she leads a nonprofit dental insurance company that provides coverage to more than 1.3 million Coloradans. Ms. Drexler is a community leader who believes businesses see the greatest success when they help to strengthen the communities they serve.

She has also served as chair of the board of directors of Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado and on the Women’s Leadership Council for United Way of Greater Atlanta and many others.

“I’m proud to be a part of Dental Lifeline Network and to support the amazing work they do providing dental care and education for people outside the traditional care-delivery model,” said Ms. Drexler. “Oral health is critically important to overall health, and working to create healthier communities is a shared priority for me, for Delta Dental of Colorado, and for Dental Lifeline Network. This is an amazing opportunity.”

Christopher T. Swanker, FSA, MAAA, LLIF has 25 years of experience in the insurance industry with a focus on Employee Benefits.  As CEO of Avēsis, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Mr. Swanker is responsible for leading the strategy development and execution aimed to leverage Guardian’s knowledge of ancillary benefits into Government Benefit Programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and CHIP.

Since he joined Guardian in 1994, Mr. Swanker has held several leadership positions including Vice President, Worksite and Specialty Markets from 2011 to 2014 where he was responsible for product development, enrollment, services and distribution support for Guardian’s $1 billion worksite business; as well as building new products and capabilities for emerging distribution channels such as private exchanges, state healthcare exchanges, and direct to consumer marketing approaches.

“The work Dental Lifeline Network does to increase access to quality dental care among a vulnerable population is critical in our communities,” said Chris Swanker, CEO of Avēsis, a Guardian Company. “I am pleased to join their Board of Directors and play a role in helping them advance their mission and working with this esteemed group.”