Howard and Louise Phanstiel     

Howard Phanstiel joined PacifiCare Health Systems as executive vice president and chief financial officer in July 2000.  In October 2000, he was named to PacifiCare's board of directors, and in December 2000 he was appointed president and chief executive officer.  In February 2004, PacifiCare’s Board of Directors elected Phanstiel Chairman and CEO.  In December 2005, he led PacifiCare in its merger with UnitedHealth Group prior to retiring in April 2007.

Howard and Louise PhanstielUnder Phanstiel’s leadership, PacifiCare transformed into a leading consumer health organization offering a variety of consumer-driven programs that provide more affordable and flexible health insurance and related products.  As chief executive of one of the nation’s largest Medicare Advantage companies, Phanstiel was frequently interviewed by the national news media on a wide range of industry-related issues.  He remains actively involved in health care public policy issues. 

Prior to joining PacifiCare, Phanstiel was chairman and CEO of ARV Assisted Living Inc. of Costa Mesa, Calif.   Previously, he was executive vice president, Finance and Information Services, at WellPoint Health Networks Inc. in Woodland Hills, Calif. 

Phanstiel has also held various executive and management positions with Prudential Bache International Bank and Prudential Bache Securities, Marine Midland Banks, Sallie Mae and Citibank N.A. 

Phanstiel’s broad health care and management experience also includes the public sector at both the state and federal level.  He has served as a director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. 

He was also division chief of the Office of Fiscal Affairs at the Illinois Bureau of Budget and executive budget officer at the Wisconsin Bureau of Planning and Budget.  Phanstiel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Syracuse University in New York, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the university’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  He currently serves on the Maxwell School Advisory Board and is Vice Chair of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.  Additionally, Phanstiel serves on the Institutional Advancement, Athletic Advisory and Executive Committees for Syracuse University. He also is a Co-Chairman of the Syracuse University Capital Campaign.   

In 2001, Phanstiel was recognized for significant achievements and contributions to the managed care sector by Who’s Who in Managed Health Care.  In 2003 and 2004, he was recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for PacifiCare’s generous support of its employees in the military reserve and their families. In 2003, Phanstiel was honored at the Third Annual American Heart Association’s Corazones Unidos/Hearts United gala for his dedication and support provided to the Latino community.  Phanstiel and PacifiCare have been honored with the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce 2004 Corporation of the Year Award; by LatinaSTYLE in 2004 and 2005 as one of the “50 Best Companies for Latinas” to work; by Hispanic magazine as one of their 2004 and 2005 “Corporate 100” as one of the “Best Places for Hispanics” to work; and by Asian Enterprise magazine in 2004 and 2005 as one of the “Best Companies to Work for Asian Americans.”  In 2005, Phanstiel and PacifiCare received the Seven Seals Award for Patriotic Employers, and PacifiCare was selected as one of the “50 Top Employers for Minorities” by FORTUNE magazine.  And, in March 2005 he received the Director of the Year Award from the Forum for Corporate Directors.  

Phanstiel, and his wife Louise, are also active in several philanthropic endeavors, especially in support of educational institutions at the elementary, high school, and university levels. In October 2010 the Phanstiel’s announced a gift to SU in the form an educational grant program known as the Phanstiel Scholars Program.  This grant provides assistance to SU students from middle income backgrounds that have demonstrated examples of academic success and community leadership. 

For Syracuse University, Phanstiel is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Athletics Board of Directors. He also volunteered to be a co-chair of the SU Giving Campaign, which recently successfully finished at over $1.44 billion. Outside of Syracuse University, Phanstiel currently serves as Chairman of United Online, a leading provider of consumer products and services over the Internet, since November 2013 and as a director since October 2008.