Dana Frese, JD, CPCU, ARe currently serves as President/CEO for Healthcare Services Group, previously serving as Executive Vice President-Claims & General Counsel.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Cole County Bar Association, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, CPCU Society, Defense Research Institute, and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.
He is past President and former board member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. He also serves on the boards of the Missouri Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association and the Jefferson City Country Club. He is the President of the Parish Council for St. Stanislaus parish in Wardsville, Missouri.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has also completed the Executive Leadership certificate program through Cornell University.
Aaron Cooper, CPA joined HSG in November 2018. In January 2020, Aaron was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining HSG, he was a Partner with Brown Smith Wallace, LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent more than 15 years in public accounting specializing in providing professional consulting and audit services to insurance companies across the United States.
A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Aaron has served two terms as President of the Show-Me Chapter of the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association (“IASA”). He has also taught a number of courses for IASA (local and regional conferences as well as national eLearning webinars).
Aaron is a licensed CPA and a graduate of Truman State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Accountancy.
Jesse Muenks, CPCU, RPLU, ARe, joined the staff of HSG in 2003 earning the position of Underwriting Manager in 2015. She was promoted to Director of Underwriting in 2017 and Vice President-Underwriting in 2021.
Ms. Muenks graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. She earned the designation of RPLU in 2005, and in 2013 completed studies to earn the designation of CPCU from The Institutes and in 2017 the ARe designation. She is a member of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society (CPCU) and Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).
Rachel Hill, JD, CPCU, ARe
Director of Claims
Rachel Hill, JD, CPCU, ARe, currently serves as the Director of Claims for Healthcare Services Group, and the Executive Director of the Missouri Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association. Prior to joining HSG in 2014, she worked in private practice, focusing primarily on medical malpractice defense and business law.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri‐Columbia. She is admitted to the Missouri Bar.
She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, Cole County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. She also serves on the Trinity Lutheran School Board of Education.
Rachel and her husband, Josh, have three sons.
Thomas Phillips, JD, CPCU
Claim & General Counsel | Executive Director, Hospital Association Trust
Chief Medical Officer
Diane L. Light, DO FACOS
Diane L. Light, DO FACOS serves as Chief Medical Officer for Healthcare Services Group. She has served on the Board of Directors for Medical Liability Alliance since 2006. During that time, she has also served on the Board of Directors for the HSG Charitable Foundation and joint claims committee for Medical Liability Alliance and Missouri Hospital Plan.
Dr. Light has served the greater Jefferson City area since 1992 as a General Surgeon. She has been active in leadership roles at Capital Region Medical Center, serving on the Board of Directors and several hospital committees. She is currently serving on the MU Health Alliance Board of Directors. She previously held positions on the YMCA Board of Directors and the City of Jefferson Historical Preservation Commission.
Dr. Light received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, Doctor of Osteopathy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU) and completed a General Surgery residency in Lansing, Michigan. She is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. She is a member of American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.
Manager of Risk Management & Patient Safety
Laura Hirschinger, RN, MSN, AHN-BC, CPPS
Laura Hirschinger, RN, MSN, AHN-BC, CPPS, currently serves as the Manager of Risk Management and Patient Safety for Healthcare Services Group.
Prior to joining HSG in 2017, she worked in a leadership role as a clinical improvement specialist in the Office of Clinical Effectiveness at University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia, Mo for nine years. With more than 25 years of experience as a registered nurse, Laura has clinical experience in neonatal intensive care, pain management, and palliative care.
She is a registered nurse with a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a focus in Holistic Nursing from the Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, Laura holds the designations of Advanced Holistic Nurse Board Certified (AHN-BC) and Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS).