UPHP announces Jaime Houghton as chief financial officer
MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Health Plan announces Jaime Houghton as chief financial officer for Upper Peninsula Health Plan.
CFO Leslie Luke announced her retirement, effective Dec. 21, this past fall, leaving the position of chief financial officer vacant. With extensive accounting and finance experience, Jaime Houghton brings invaluable knowledge and leadership to the CFO position, according to a UPHP news release.
Originally from Wisconsin, Houghton is a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point alumni. She moved to the Upper Peninsula in 2006 and earned her CPA designation in 2007. She has been with UPHP since 2017 and has served as controller, responsible for the day-to-day management of financial reporting and accounting processes.
Houghton has many accomplishments during her time at UPHP, including being the 2020 Leadership Award winner for ‘Valued Employees and Volunteers,’ that acknowledges a manager/supervisor who exemplifies our commitment to valuing team members or volunteers.
She has also led a UPHP 5k Training Program for fellow staff, showing her commitment to the company beyond the finance department.
In her role as CFO, Houghton will report to the president and CEO of Upper Peninsula Health Plan, Melissa Holmquist, and will now oversee the claims administration, accounting, and risk adjustment departments. “UPHP’s mission is to advance the health and well-being of the communities we serve. I am proud to have been part of the Finance team supporting this work for the last four years and am honored to join the senior leadership team that is passionate about and dedicated to building a healthier U.P.,” Houghton said in the release.
Prior to joining the UPHP team, she worked at UP Health Systems of Marquette, serving as controller. Prior to that, Houghton spent 10 years in the public accounting and financial services industry as an auditor.
“I have had the privilege of working with Jaime during her time here at UPHP and am thrilled to have her take on this new role,” Holmquist said. “Her attention to detail and focus on improving financial processes will be valuable assets to her as Chief Financial Officer. She is a strong leader and a great mentor to her fellow team members, and has the background, vision and drive that I have no doubt will lead the finance team into the future.”