Summer Issue | July 2017
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A Message from Patty Houpt
I would like to give a special shout out to our program committee members who work behind the scenes to bring you a terrific array
of programs in an increasing variety of formats. Many of you have  participated in our webinars, which are produced in partnership with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The IFEBP has been very generous with their time, advice and resources...and their members love to share in the expertise provided by NEEBC speakers!

We now offer over 40 programs per year covering everything from basics to breaking legislative analysis. Our joint networking events with the Worksite Wellness Council of MA have been a big hit and are drawing more than 75 participants. Our WorldatWork sponsored programs are attracting benefit professionals from across the country, and we continue to negotiate special NEEBC member discounts with local partners on complimentary seminars and conferences. And, if you are not a NEEBC member, we have a special summer deal for you! Become a member for the remainder of 2017 at the discounted rate of $89 (normally $175).

Our annual corporate partners are growing too. I am pleased to welcome new Platinum Annual Corporate Partner EHE International. Located in New York City, EHE helps organizations improve health care costs, reduce costs and manage risks.

Please continue to follow us on social media and share our events with your professional colleagues. NEEBC is recognized as a national leader in the Employee Benefits field -- and we are right here in your backyard!

Enjoy and have a happy and healthy summer.

All the best,

Patty Houpt
Executive Director

Thanks for joining us at the Annual Summit!

It was great to see so many benefits professionals and valued members at our sold out Annual Summit held on 5.24.17. If you were not able to join us, we hope to see you next year! We had a full day of engaging speakers and the opportunity to meet with 58 vendors, bringing you the latest in benefits-related services and products. Our keynote speakers, Dr. Reed Tuckson, Dr. Bruce Sherman, and James Slotnick, provided us with keen insight on the changing dynamics of our industry.

Thank you to everyone who made the Summit a success -- annual corporate partners, event sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees. View our Summit Video to see photos from the event!

Swinging for Scholarships!
A NEEBC Golf Event - Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Treat yourself and your colleagues to a great day of golf while supporting the NEEBC Scholarship Fund. Our scholarship fund is dedicated to helping future benefit professionals. We have awarded over $175,000 in scholarships since 1990.

Please consider donating to the Scholarship Fund today to support future benefit professionals.

To participate as a golfer and/or to attend the dinner and auction, download this form to register.

Hope to see you on August 1st!

A warm thank you to the following organizations for their support as sponsors of our golf event and their generous donations to the NEEBC Scholarship Fund.

British Open Donors: 
Neighborhood Health Plan

Masters Donors: 
BenefitScape, Paylocity and Strategic Benefit Advisors

US Open Donors: 
Sentinel Benefits and Wagner Law Group

Special Private Donations: 
LukeJackson Benefit Solutions and Deirdre Mathieu

ee Sponsors: KGA, Securian Financial Group, Sullivan Benefits and VSP – Vision Care

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Framingham Country Club
16 Gates St.
Framingham, MA 01702
Save the Date!
Best Practices Conference - December 7, 2017
Don't miss NEEBC's Annual Best Practices Conference, featuring dynamic keynote speakers and the Best Practices Award Winners who will present their innovative and creative benefit programs.

Is your company doing something innovative? Submit your Best Practices Nomination today!

Each year NEEBC also recognizes new benefit professionals with exceptional promise, dedication and accomplishment. 

Do you have an amazing employee with five or less years experience? Submit your Rising Star Nomination today!

Westin Boston Waterfront
425 Summer St.
Boston, MA 02210

NEEBC Welcomes 3 New Board Members
We are pleased to announce Robin Antonellis, Karen Bishop and Erin Lenox have been elected to the NEEBC Board where they will each serve a three-year term.

Robin is a long-time member of NEEBC’s Best Practices Conference Committee and is the Vice President of Human Resources at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Karen has spoken at several NEEBC events and will serve on the Program and Scholarship Committee. She is the Head of North American Benefits at MilliporeSigma, a business of Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany.

Erin is the co-chair of NEEBC’s Best Practices Conference Committee and the Client Director of National Sales & Service at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Robin Antonellis
Karen Bishop
E rin Lenox
NEEBC Announces 2017 Scholarship Awards
Established in 1990, NEEBC has awarded 55 scholarships, totaling more than $175,000, to future benefits professionals. This year’s Russell A. Gaudreau Scholarship award winners are Kyle Bernardo and T imothy Cadieux. The Michael P. Zingg Memorial Scholarship Award winner is Zhenya Cvetkova.

Kyle Bernardo graduated from Siena College and is pursuing his MBA at UMass Dartmouth. Kyle is an HR Representative at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth.

Timothy Cadieux is enrolled at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. He completed his undergraduate studies in May of 2017 and will complete an accelerated MBA during his final year at school. He has completed internships at both Instrumentations Laboratory and North Shore Performance Training. 

Zhenya Cvetkova is pursuing her graduate degree at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University, with a focus in Health Sector Management. Zhenya just accepted a new position at Tufts Health Plan.

Kyle Bernardo
Timothy Cadieux

Zhenya Cvetkova
Northeast Human Resources Association Annual Conference
The Northeast Human Resources Association will hold its annual conference September 27 to 29 at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA. Get complete details about the agenda and speakers here
2017 Conference
  Member Briefs   


NEEBC would like to congratulate the following members who have started new positions:

Delia Vetter - Head of Global Benefits at Nuance Communications, Inc.

Lauri Tenney - Senior Director of Benefits at CVS Health.

Tracey Crowell - Director, Global Benefits & Payroll at Haemonetics Corporation.

Jean Sicurella - Regional Sales Executive at Benefit Resource, Inc.

Anne Maillet - Benefits Manager at Lowell General Hospital.

Marymichele Delaney - Director of Human Resources at Lasell College.


Advance Medical ’s Participant Portal has been selected as the winner for “Patient Portals” in the Health Information Technology Systems category of the Decision Health’s 2017 Platinum Awards ( Press release).

American Well recently commissioned Harris Poll to conduct two surveys to measure consumer perceptions and experiences with telehealth. The surveys found that among those who have a PCP, 65% are interested in seeing their PCP over video. When it comes to telehealth use cases, 60% of consumers who are willing to have an online telehealth visit would see a doctor to help manage a chronic condition. To learn more about consumer perceptions of telehealth,  read the Telehealth Index: 2017 Consumer Survey eBook .

B lue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is pleased to welcome Erin Lenox as a Client Director for the National Sales team, and Terry Shea and Mike Logan as Strategic Client Executives for National Sales. Mary MacAdam has been promoted as a Client Director for National Sales and Theresa Tillmon has been named to lead the organization's National Sales Account Management team. In addition, Bill Wood joins Michael Sheehan as a Sales Director in National Sales.

EHE, North America’s largest healthcare management company, has appointed board-certified Allergist and Internist, Tania Elliott M.D., as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Elliott is a nationally-recognized leader in telemedicine, technology, and innovation. She received the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s prestigious 1st place Von Pirquet award for her research on the role of IL-33 in cholesterol transport and atherogenicity.

Fresh Start Food Gardens, a provider of community gardens for companies, residential communities and schools, is pleased to announce it installed eight raised garden beds at the headquarters of its newest corporate client, NETSCOUT. NETSCOUT plans to donate the bulk of its organic produce to those in need through a local food bank.  

Insight Performance, Inc. has been named a 2017 Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal receiving top 5 honors in the extra-small category.

KGA celebrates their 35th anniversary with the launch of a new offering. KGA Life Services is a well-being offering designed to reduce stress in the workplace by helping people with time-consuming issues such as eldercare, childcare and tasks for daily living. This service aligns with holistic wellness goals and can easily be integrated with other well-being and wellness programs.

Liberty Mutual Insurance is pleased to introduce two new team members, Sarah Coderre and Kavita Jayachandran. Sarah was part of Liberty Mutual’s HR Development Program and finished up her rotations in February. She started in the Corporate Benefits Department working as a Sr. Benefits Specialist in March. Kavita comes to Liberty Mutual from Ropes & Gray and will be a Strategic Benefits Vendors Relationship Manger.

Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC is pleased to formally announce the launch of their new Municipal Vertical! MMA is committed to serving cities, towns and school districts within Massachusetts and across the Northeast region. To learn more about the Municipal Vertical, please review our recent article.

Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group is proud to announce that PLANADVISER Magazine Names Sentinel Pension Advisors Among the Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers of 2017!

Debra Wein
, CEO of Wellness Workdays, welcomed to Boston, on July 17, 80 Dietetic Interns selected to participate in the Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship (WWDI) program. The highly competitive program is one of the largest programs in the country and the only accredited internship in the US that educates future Registered Dietitians in corporate wellness. Each year the WWDI produces highly talented wellness professionals who work in leading Fortune 500 companies and develop worksite wellness programs throughout the country.

Congratulations to Yozell Associates for being honored as Harvard Pilgrim’s Broker of the Quarter – Q1 2017

Program News & Quick Links
Registration is open for our August and September programs:

September 29:  Washington Update

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Discounted E-learning programs from the  International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and Discounted Tuition at the  New England College of Business .

NEEBC offers a variety of Membership Opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse community of benefit professionals. We're currently offering a special summer deal
-- become a member for the remainder of 2017 at the discounted rate of $89 (normally $175).

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