CieloStar’s team is comprised of healthcare and technology leaders.
Learn more about our team members below.
William Mehus Chairman & CEO
Mr. Mehus (Bill) graduated from St. Cloud State University with Finance and Risk Management degrees. After interning at Marsh & McLennan in 1979, he went directly into the reinsurance field with a regional brokerage firm in Minneapolis, W. J. Lehrke Co. There as a reinsurance broker, he began a longstanding (yet today) relationship with Lloyd's of London. Being tribunalized, he remains a Lloyd's coverholder and acts as a Lloyd's correspondent.
At W.J. Lehrke, Mr. Mehus began programming insurance company financial analyses. Mr. Mehus has always had an interest in technology. Mr. Mehus is well versed in risk tolerance, transfer, and assumption.
In 1985, Mr. Mehus spent over two years researching the health insurance industry, having worked at an HMO and Third Party Administrator (TPA), focusing on self-insured options for employers.
In 1988, Mr. Mehus founded CieloStar, and its predecessor, OutsourceOne, where he remains Executive Chairman. Mr. Mehus business interests were focused around technology and reducing inefficiencies. He continued this interest into the health insurance industry, by programming possibly the first ever consolidated billing engine for employer's benefit plans. This engine is one of the backbones of CieloStar, while it has gone through numerous transformations/improvements by the development team at CieloStar.
Mr. Mehus has been a leader in the industry, having presented at various industry conferences. He has spoken loudly regarding the inefficiencies in the health insurance industry, and has developed business process outsourcing methods to improve efficiencies.
Mr. Mehus led CieloStar from a distributor of self-funded plans, to a medical claims TPA, to a benefit administrator (all services, COBRA, FSA, billing, call center, enrollment, EDI, etc.), to BPO, to a leader in Consumerism and Private Exchanges.
Paul Walther President
Paul Walther joined CieloStar in 1994 and has filled a variety of marketing and management roles with the company. He was instrumental in the development of CieloStar’s online enrollment tools and new products. Mr. Walther has 30 years of in the benefits industry, including nine years with Mutual of Omaha. He has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his current role, Paul served CieloStar as Director of Training and Development, and Vice President of Administration.
Paulette Rickey Chief Administrative Officer
Paulette started with CieloStar in 2001 and has many years of experience in the Healthcare/TPA Industry. During this time period, her duties have included Payroll, Human Resources, Billing, Customer Service, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Claims/COBRA/ Flex Administration. With the wide variety of experience Paulette brought to CieloStar she is an excellent fit to provide outstanding service for the day-to-day operations of CieloStar. Paulette has a degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Management.
Lynette Davis Chief Technology Officer
Tony Hodge Chief Strategic Officer