CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has elected two respected Triangle leaders to serve on its board of trustees. Andrea Bazan-Manson and Walter C. Davenport were elected at the May meeting of the board. The BCBSNC board is made up of 14 community leaders from across North Carolina with diverse backgrounds in areas including health care, business, finance and education.
“We are pleased to welcome Andrea Bazan-Manson and Walter Davenport to our board of trustees,” said Bob Greczyn, BCBSNC President and CEO. “Each brings a wealth of personal knowledge and professional experience to the board. In addition to their perspectives in health care and financial discipline, both of our new board members bring unique experiences from their community service to our board.”
Andrea Bazan-Manson is president of the Triangle Community Foundation, a nonprofit that serves Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. She grew up in Argentina and spent her high school and college years in New Orleans. Bazan-Manson holds two master’s degrees in social work and in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Triangle Community Foundation, she served as the first executive director of El Pueblo, a statewide Latino advocacy and public policy organization based in Raleigh and also worked in state government at the NC Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services in the mid-90’s. For several years, she served as the first Latina lobbyist at the North Carolina General Assembly She is involved in several state and national efforts addressing education, access to health and Latino issues, including the John Rex Endowment Board of Directors in Raleigh, the National Council of La Raza Board of Directors in Washington and the N.C. Medical Care Commission. Bazan-Manson will serve the BCBSNC board of trustees on the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Healthcare and Market Initiatives Committee.
“The business of health care is critical to all North Carolinians and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to add my perspective to a board that is responsible for meeting the health care needs of one out of three North Carolinians,” said Bazan-Manson.
Walter Davenport is a certified public accountant (CPA) and has worked in public accounting since 1970. He is an audit partner with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, certified public accountants and consultants located in Raleigh. Davenport concentrates in auditing and on financial and business consulting for not-for-profit entities and is director of the firm’s Not-For-Profit Industry Group. A North Carolina native, he began his career in the Atlanta office of Arthur Anderson & Company. In 1974, he returned to North Carolina and joined Nathan T. Garrett, CPA. Davenport was one of the initial incorporators of Garrett and Davenport, P.C., CPAs, the largest and oldest minority CPA firm in North Carolina prior to merging into Cherry, Bekaert and Holland.
Davenport is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta and holds a bachelor of arts in Business Administration. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA). He has served on the AICPA Minority Recruitment and Equal Opportunity Committee, and on the AICPA Board of Examiners since 1998. Also, he serves on the board of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Active in local, state and national political campaigns, he has also held board and committee level positions for Triangle businesses and institutions ranging from Duke Raleigh Hospital, BB & T, the Hospital Alliance for Community Health, Triangle United Way and Elizabeth City State University, where he serves as board chair. Mr. Davenport will serve on the BCBSNC board’s Audit Committee.
“Being elected to the board of trustees is not only an honor for me, it’s a great opportunity,” said Davenport. “I hope to utilize my more than 30 years of service to various boards and nonprofits in my new role as a member of the Audit Committee and the BCBSNC board.”
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.5 million members, including approximately 820,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 74 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at bcbsnc.com.