Director, Employee Benefits and Risk Management
Mesa Public Schools
Directed the district’s self-funded health insurance programs; medical, dental, vision, life, disability, EAP, health management, and the 403(b) and 457 retirement saving plans. Also, responsible for the district’s risk management, loss prevention, self-funded property and liability, and workers’ compensation insurance programs.
Developed, negotiated and administered contracts for all insurance services, claims adjusters, legal counsel, benefits consultants, and benefits insurance vendors. Recommended strategy for district’s program design and administrative procedures.
Developed effective communications to orient, train, and/or introduce audiences to each facet of the Employee Benefits and Risk Management programs. Managed department staff of 7 full time staff members. Served as the Executive Leader to the Employee Benefit Trust Board of Trustees, Governing Board, Employee Benefits Advisory Committee, and 457 Deferred Compensation Committee.
Designed and implemented the District’s first wellness initiative, based on claims data analysis and wellness champion buy-in.
Implemented high deductible health plans with health savings accounts (HSA) Plan options, replacing the PPO options.
Successfully outsourced the COBRA administration functions, while coordinating with the Arizona State Retirement System.