Kristie Howard, CEBS, CWWPC
Kristie Howard has over 20 years of experience in the field of employee benefits, health and well-being strategy consulting, helping employers design and execute strategies to meet business objectives.
Kristie is currently the Director of Consulting Services at meQuilibrium, an engagement and performance solution that harnesses behavioral psychology and neuroscience to build more resilient people and teams. In her role, Kristie works with clients to identify opportunities to improve employee stress, resiliency and organizational agility through consulting services that support its software solutions.
Prior to joining meQuilibrium, Kristie was a Principal and Senior Consultant with Mercer, a leading global human resources consulting firm. She was responsible for developing and managing client relationships, providing strategic advice and orchestrating the delivery of a broad range of specialized Mercer services. Kristie also served on Mercer’s Total Health Management specialty practice where she helped develop strategies and educate clients and colleagues about best practices in the area of employee health and well-being.
As the Director of Business Development for PERKS Saul is responsible for identifying and shepherding new PERKS and Sponsors into the community. Prior to PERKS Saul was the Plan Director for the HomeBenefitIQ program. He acquired and and oversaw all accounts,volunteers, marketing, and communication for the program. Saul is heavily involved with NEHRA (Northeast Human Resources Association) and serves on the Membership Committee for NEEBC (New England Employee Benefits Council). Prior to his 6 ½ years with HBIQ, Saul spent 11 years as Senior Executive Recruiter for a small recruiting firm based in Washington DC. Saul has an MBA in Management from Bentley University and a BS in Public Relations from Boston University. Saul lives with his wife and two children in Newton, MA.
Erin McGarry is the CFO of MeYou Health, a Boston-based company with a turn-key wellness platform that enables small and midsize businesses to increase employee well-being in measurable ways. MeYou Health employs 35 people and has repeatedly appeared on the Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list. The company is backed by investors from Ballast Point Ventures of Tampa, Florida.
Erin started her career in the Boston audit group at KPMG. She has worked for BCBS of MA and consulted for Accountalent Management. She joined QuitNet in 2004 as CFO, and after selling QuitNet to Axia and working on Healthways’ acquisition of Axia, worked in various areas of finance and accounting at Healthways. In 2009, Healthways, under the direction of then-CEO Ben Leedle and former MeYou Health CEO Chris Cartter, formed MeYou Health. A wholly owned subsidiary of Healthways, MeYou Health asked Erin to join as CFO. MeYou Health’s executive team spun out the company from Healthways in 2016.
Erin’s ability to multitask is critical to the success of a startup organization. Her deep understanding of accounting, finance, and contracting are just a few of her contributions. She also runs the human resources department, manages privacy and security for the organization, and oversees the facility’s functions.
Erin has a BS in accounting from Lehigh University and is a member of the Boston CFO Leadership Council. She currently resides on the South Shore with her husband Steve and is the proud mother to four children: Billy, Annie, Ben, and Mary Margaret.
Jennifer Forgione Riley
Mrs. Riley is an accomplished healthcare businesswomen and driver of revenue growth with significant expertise in consulting and management. She has 20+ years of experience working in the healthcare industry and is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner. Jennifer started her career providing direct patient care as a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant in various care settings. In 2000, she branched out of direct patient care and moved into medical group management where she increased the depth of her business skills. After years of working on the client side, she wanted an opportunity to help others like herself navigate the turbulent business of healthcare operations while continuing to provide high quality patient care. In 2011, Jennifer joined athenahealth. She now holds a position as Director of Account Management, now managing a $35M book of business focused on Urgent Care, Convenient Care, and Telemedicine. Tackling strategic and organizational changes in the rapidly evolving healthcare technology landscape, she has a deep knowledge of current industry dynamics in the healthcare delivery space, including patient centric care coordination, value-based reimbursement & consumer-driven models. Jennifer’s past and current healthcare experience will greatly complement the work and mission of the WWCMA.
Jennifer earned her Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant from Fisher College and her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from University of Phoenix. She joined the WWCMA in early 2016 to learn more about how the Council was approaching population health and wellness from the worksite perspective. She has been able to discern the connections between the work of the Council and the work her clients are providing to support employer programs (i.e. health screenings, biometric screenings, accessible/affordable alternatives to the ER), which opened up a space for new ideas and collaboration opportunities. She began volunteering on the WWCMA Programs Committee in March of 2016 where she continues to serve. In addition to her work with WWCMA, Jennifer is an active member of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, Boston Chapter and serves as the HBA Ambassador at athenahealth building programs to help demystify gender parity in leadership roles across the company.
Nominating and Governance Chair
Kelly has over 20 years of experience in the design, innovation, and implementation of employee wellbeing, organizational culture, and engagement strategies.
Kelly is a Regional Wellbeing and Engagement Consultant at Gallagher, a leading insurance, risk management, and consulting firm. In her role, Kelly provides clients with custom solutions to build better cultures – cultures that help employees thrive at work, at home, and in their communities.
Prior to joining Gallagher, Kelly led the wellness and work/life benefit programs for Tufts University. Her prior experience also includes health, wellness, and engagement related positions within the medical, technology, and senior living industries. Kelly spent four years in the United States Navy and is a recipient of a Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal. It was during her military service that she developed her passion for wellbeing, with a focus on creating strategies that deliver a resilient and high performing workforce. Kelly holds a BS in Kinesiology from Northern Illinois University, where she graduated Magma Cum Laude and is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Kelly loves the game of golf, hiking, running, and yoga. She lives on the South Shore with her husband and her two inspiring children.
Deb Gorhan, MS, MCHES
Director, Safety & Environmental Sustainability Engagement
Johnson & Johnson
Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability
Deb Gorhan is a strategic thinker with a passionate focus for creating environments, networks and programs that provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to adopt and sustain healthy, safe and environmentally sustainable lifestyles. She has provided leadership and guidance, developing and delivering programs impacting the built environment, culture and lives of employees worldwide.
She initiated and developed the J&J healthy eating initiative, eatcomplete; developed the process to scale the Energy for Performance® program to reach all employees and created a global toolkit to support the rollout of the Global J&J Tobacco Free Workplace Policy. She led the global expansion of Healthy & Me™, J&J’s first globally accessible employee health mobile digital platform. In her current role she develops and leads communication and engagement initiatives to further influence employee engagement in Workplace Safety and Environmental Sustainability.
Deb has presented to external partners such as HERO, NBGH, WWCMA, CEO’s Against Cancer and participated in the CDC expert panel for Worksite Obesity Prevention and Control. She contributes to benchmarking sessions, co-authors articles on workplace well-being and provides coaching to graduate students and those new to the field.
She joined the WWCMA Board of Directors in 2017 as a Member at Large and soon after created the Student Outreach Committee, to ensure a strong pipeline of future leaders. In addition to WWCMA, Deb is on the Board of the Center for Active Design in NYC.
Deb received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Health Promotion from Springfield College and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).
Deb’s most significant role is keeping her family healthy and happy. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, a dog, cat and an apiary of bees. She enjoys writing, gardening, biking, running, hiking and cross-country skiing.
Joseph is the Director of Health and Wellness for Suffolk Construction where he leads, designs and implements a comprehensive, multi-year health & wellness strategy to promote the success and retention of employees on a national scale across the organization.
Prior to taking this role, Joseph spent seven years in five distinct positions with the nonprofit arm of Suffolk Construction, Scholar Athletes, where he helped build and grow the organization from initial stages to serving over 4,000 high school students across Massachusetts providing youth development programming.
Joseph began his career as a professional hockey player after graduating from Tufts University, playing in Lyon, France and Neuss, Germany.
Joseph holds certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Corporate Athlete Trainer™ and Corporate Mindful Leader.
Crystal N. McDermott
Crystal N. McDermott, CEBS is the Senior Global Benefits and Wellness Manager at Pegasystems (Pega), headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Crystal has 20+ years’ experience in the Benefits and HR world and has an intense passion for getting employees “jazzed up” about their wellness plan and all things benefits. Previously, Crystal has served 16 years as the Benefits Manager for the Monitor Group, a strategic management consulting firm, based in Cambridge, MA. Crystal also served in the same role for Analysis Group, an economic, financial and strategy consulting firm, based in Boston, MA.
Crystal has a laser focus on providing top quality benefits and high touch bespoke services to her employees. Crystal has previously earned her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist and is an active member in the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) group. In her spare time, Crystal is passionate about teaching and practicing martial arts. Crystal lives in Abington with her husband, Brian and their beagle, Princess.
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Melanie Rocha, CWPM
Melanie is a Wellness Consultant for the Prevention and Wellness Department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She brings over nine years of experience in the worksite wellness industry. In this role she designs and implements comprehensive wellness strategies for her clients by identifying population health risks and developing targeted interventions in line with employee interests. Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield, Melanie was a Health & Wellbeing Consultant at Borislow Insurance, an employee benefits agency and consulting firm.
Melanie holds a Certified Wellness Program Manager (CWPM) designation through the Chapman Institute and earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Rivier College. Melanie currently sits on the Board of Directors as a member-at-large for the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts. She is a Boston Chapter Leader for the Foundation Fighting Blindness where she spearheads fundraising efforts and organizes and leads networking support groups. In her spare time Melanie enjoys yoga and spending time with her family.
Awards and Recognition Committee Chair
Archana Kansagra is a Director of Health & Wellness Product and Strategy at Aetna. With her high energy and a passion to create a healthier society, she leads efforts in delivering innovative products and tools to the marketplace that empower people to take charge of their health and well-being.
Prior to joining Aetna, Archana spent 12 years in health and welfare benefit consulting, working at Aon Hewitt, The Segal Company, and Spring Consulting Group. Archana worked with clients of all sizes, both in private and public sector organizations, balancing affordable coverage, access to high quality plans, employee engagement, evidence-based care, and consumer driven healthcare. In her various roles with these firms, she has assisted clients with their overall health and welfare strategies, including design, financial analysis, marketing, administration, and implementation. Archana brings a detailed knowledge of strategic planning, plan performance, funding mechanisms, communications and compliance to key employee benefit areas such as group medical, prescription drugs, life, disability, vision, dental, employee assistance programs and savings vehicles for future medical expenses. For providers, insurers, and TPAs, she improved overall business effectiveness and was responsible for product development, process improvement, and program implementation.Archana specializes in condition and care management solutions focusing on wellness, disease management, and behavioral health. As a thought leader, she explores opportunities to strengthen the integration of health benefit programs in the disciplines of Total Health Management, Integrated Disability Management, Total Absence Management, and Health and Productivity in order to provide cutting edge solutions for businesses of all sizes.
Archana earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a concentration in Health Management Systems, a degree in Business Administration and certificate in Information Technology from Duquesne University, PA and holds a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) designation through the Chapman Institute. As a subject matter expert in Health and Productivity improvement strategies, Archana’s articles have been featured in Corporate Wellness Magazine and her company’s newsletter. She routinely contributes insights and supports research within the industry. She is licensed as a Health, Accident, and Life Producer and certified health coach.Archana’s enthusiasm for healthy living is evident professionally and personally. She enjoys the outdoors, is active in her local community, and is dedicated to improving the quality of education and health in schools. Archana motivates people to live healthier, more productive lifestyles and is often referred to as "an ambassador of healthy living” by those around her.
Education and Events Co-Chair
Alyssa Holzman is a Senior Program Manager in the Health Engagement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. In this role she designs, implements, manages, and evaluates best in class health engagement offerings for our accounts and members. These programs increase account retention, enhance member engagement, and drive behavior change. Prior to this role, Alyssa was a Senior Wellness Consultant for our large national accounts. In this role, she worked closely with her accounts to develop and implement comprehensive results-oriented wellness strategies to address the specific needs and interests of their employees. In addition, she collaborated with accounts to design incentives and effective communication plans to optimize employee engagement in wellness programs.
Alyssa received a Master’s Degree from Emerson College and began her career with Blue Cross in 2004. Alyssa is a Certified Wellness Program Director and serves on the Board of Directors for the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts as the Programs Chair.
Education and Events Co-Chair
Kirsten is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Corporate Event Planner, and Founder of Your Wellness Scout, a health coaching and corporate wellness consulting company focusing on integrating sustainable tailored wellness solutions into employees’ daily lives to address health challenges and improve employee well-being through long term behavior change.
For over 17 years, Kirsten has been passionate about the effects of food and stress on our way of life, and our ability to thrive at work, at home and at play. With 12 years of corporate experience in companies such as Qualcomm, Inc. running corporate events and health fairs to McKinsey & Company recruiting from Harvard Business School, Kirsten has experienced the health pitfalls of the corporate life style and has integrated her wellness skills through a variety of wellness events such as group coaching sessions, lunch and learns, seminars, meal planning sessions, health fair implementation, educational webinars, walking programs, and even lunch make-overs in small to large organizations. She has combined her corporate experience, her hands on approach to wellness, and her coaching certification to provide tailored and targeted programs addressing the latest wellness trends and issues in her comprehensive health-coaching and corporate wellness programs. While holding you accountable, she is empowering and empathetic listener to ensure you feel supported throughout the journey of figuring out the best solutions amidst the “rush” of competing priorities. Recently her work has focused on helping to bring balance to stressed professionals and working parents’ lives.
Prior to starting her business, she coordinated the opening of an entrepreneurial center at Northeastern University, worked as a recruiter for McKinsey & Company, Boston, managed internal and external events at Qualcomm, Inc and has had various event planning and program coordination positions in the fields of Health Care, International Recruiting, and Specialty Food.
Kirsten received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Cultural Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned her certification as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). She is active in the local health and wellness ecosystem in Boston/Cambridge, is a member of the Holistic Mom’s Network and has volunteered on the WWCMA Annual Conference team since 2013.
Kirsten lives in East Cambridge with her husband, toddler and very old kitty. They spend most of their “spare” time traveling, but when they aren’t exploring the world or Boston, she loves to bake and cook with her daughter, connect with friends (not over text/social media) and attend cultural events.
Annual Conference Chair
Martha currently serves as the Employee Benefits and Wellness Specialist for A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies. She joined A.I.M. Mutual in May 2013, as the Wellness Coordinator for the Injury Prevention and Worksite Wellness (IPWW) department. Martha was then responsible for the facilitation of creating and implementing an evidence based model that would assist small and mid-sized employers in creating a culture of wellness with measurable results through the A.I.M. Works program. Martha’s current role is to continue managing this program along with assisting employers in obtaining additional benefits for all employees through the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
Prior to joining A.I.M. Mutual, Martha was the Director of Worksite Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society. There she led large New England employers in developing wellness programs based on specific health risk factors linked to chronic disease. She was also responsible for ongoing tracking and metrics to measure behavior change over an extended period of time.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Lesley University, is a Certified Wellness Practitioner from the National Wellness Institute and a Certified Wellness Program Director (CWPD) through the Chapman Institute of Wellness.
Marketing and Communications Chair
Bio coming soon!