Benefits Support Team
This Washington native tried out Arizona for a while, where she started her career in benefits. But the rain drops beckoned and she left the desert and cactus behind. Back “home” since 2010, April continues to travel back to Arizona once a year to see the Seahawks play there (smart cookie!). She refers to her passions as “the two F’s” – Family and Football. Her passions spill over to insurance world, since she considers all her clients family!
• More than 13 years in the group insurance industry
• 8 years of COBRA administration
• Supporter of Seattle Children’s Hospital
Benefits Operations Manager
Account Executive – Large Employer Division
Born and raised on the East Coast, Cheri moved to Washington in 1998. She loves spending time with her two dogs, Autumn and Milo, and fondly refers to them as her “Fur-Children”. Cheri loves to cook, garden, read and even loves coloring! Cheri’s nurturing personality definitely carries over to her clients!
• 20 years in the insurance industry
• Worked for both brokerage side and carrier side
Client Service Manager
Account Executive – Small Employer Division
Dawn’s our far flung employee – she moved away from Washington, but not away from GHB! She loves to laugh (after all, laughter is the best medicine). But when it comes to working for what you need, Dawn doesn’t joke around. She’s a terrific advocate and will work on your behalf until your insurance needs are met.
• More than 8 years in the insurance industry
• More than 2 years as a Micro Group (1-4 employee) specialist
• Works closely with her husband, who is a youth pastor
Client Service Manager
When Tonya’s not in the office answering phones or processing applications, she is at home taking care of her family and tending to her farm. She is always on-the-go whether it’s running from her pigs or rounding up the kids for dinner (can’t you just picture her ringing a dinner bell?). When she does have down time, you’ll find her fishing on the river. Tonya’s ability to “juggle it all” certainly helps keep things running smoothly in the GHB office!
After a 16-year hiatus from the Pacific Northwest (in Texas of all places), Brandi convinced her entire family to move back with her. You’ll now find her playing at all the local parks with her Golden Retriever & Black Lab now that they can be outside without melting in the 100 degree heat. She’s got the patience and the tenacity to work out any issue that may arise in this place we call insurance.
• More than 20 years managing data and providing stellar service
• With GHB going on 5 years
• Volunteers at local food banks, at an abused horse ranch,
and setting up fundraising auctions
Benefits Analyst and Technology Leader
While Jen is our numbers gal, she secretly loves words too (she was a literature major!). To escape after a long day at work, Jen spends a lot of time cooking up new dishes in the kitchen. She an follow a recipe step by step, or can tweak it and create something even more fabulous. Comes in handy when dealing with insurance, since there rules to follow but the chef can sprinkle in some complementary programs, alternative funding and employer contribution strategies to come up with a masterpiece.
• More than 23 years in insurance industry
• Specialty in funding alternatives, including self-funding, merit rating and level-funding
Senior Benefits Analyst
Jason is the newest Analyst that we’ve added to the GHB family. He was born in CA but grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has called Washington “home” for over 30 years. He lives for the Seahawks and for the football season, but don’t worry, outside of football season he settles for golf! During his spare time you’ll find him at the gym, grilling in the backyard, enjoying “Papa” time with his granddaughter, taking a road trip with his wife, or doing yard work. We like to tease him about what a perfectionist he is about his lawn, but then again, he carries that same work ethic into his role at GHB, so no complaints here!
Washington, born and raised – Destynie loves her Seahawks, her husband and two cats. Outside of work, she likes being at home with her hubby and family, cooking/baking or snuggled up with a good movie. During summer months you’ll find her camping, or traveling – she loves a good road trip! Destynie never backs down from learning new things. She enjoys meeting new people, hearing their stories and being helpful wherever she can.
Rick began his underwriting career on the carrier side in 1988 and over the years worked his way into upper management doing actuarial work, contract work and underwriting. Rick is well versed on all aspects of large group insurance including fully insured, self-insured and risk management. His passion surrounds educating the decision makers regarding their plans, their risk and their history to make informed decisions rather than reactionary ones.
In his spare time, Rick enjoys his family, travelling, biking, golfing, music and a good beer. When not out travelling the world, riding his bicycle, golfing or playing the guitar, Rick is crunching numbers and building models in Excel to assist clients in proactively understanding and managing their risk. .
• More than 28 years overall in the industry
• 13 years in underwriting/actuarial leadership positions for local carriers
• Past United Way Loaned Executive
• Past Cub Scout Assistant Pack Leader, VP of Soccer league and coaching