2017 6th Annual WWCMA Annual Conference Speakers
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The WWCMA is excited to highlight some amazing speakers for the 6th Annual WWCMA Conference. Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Keynote Speakers

Tad Mitchell, President & CEO, Wellright

Tad Mitchell is the President and CEO of WellRight, a leading provider of employee wellness solutions. Mr. Mitchell is the co-author of 21 Habits: A Wellness Survival Guide , and the author of 101 Challenges: Become the Best You . Mr. Mitchell regularly speaks on wellness related topics.

Prior to joining WellRight, Mr. Mitchell was the President and CEO of Compliance11, a software company sold to Charles Schwab in 2011. Mr. Mitchell also authored the children’s book Where Is the Sears Tower?

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Dariush Mozaffarian 
Cardiologist, Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, and Dean of Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

The only graduate school of nutrition in North America, the Friedman School’s mission is to produce trusted science and real-world impact.  Dr. Mozaffarian is an authority on the science of lifestyle and CHD from a global perspective; and on systems interventions and policies to most effectively reduce these burdens.   He has authored more than 300 scientific publications and served in numerous advisory roles including for the US and Canadian governments, American Heart Association, Global Burden of Diseases study, World Health Organization, and United Nations.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, and many other outlets.  In 2016, Thomson Reuters named him as one of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds.

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Breakout Sessions

Josh Bernoff, Author and CEO, WellnessCampaign.org

Josh Bernoff is the author of Writing Without Bullshit: Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean (HarperBusiness, 2016). The Globe and Mail called it “a Strunk and White for the modern knowledge worker.” Josh is also the CEO of WellnessCampaign.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the pursuit of wellness through changing habits.

Josh is he coauthor of three other books including the BusinessWeek bestseller Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies (Harvard Business Press, 2008) and The Mobile Mind Shift: Engineer Your Business to Win in the Mobile Moment (Groundswell Press, 2014).

He blogs every weekday at withoutbullshit.com, publishing commentary on writing, nutrition, politics, technology, and business strategy. His blog attracted nearly two million views in its first two years.

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Gil Blander, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Segterra (InsideTracker)

Dr. Gil Blander is internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of aging and translating research discoveries into new ways of detecting and preventing age-related conditions. He leads a team of biology, nutrition & exercise physiology experts, and computer scientists at InsideTracker, and has been featured in CNN Money, The New York Times, Forbes, Financial times, The Boston Globe to name a few.

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Conna Crummey, Senior Associate, Mercer

Conna Crummey is a Senior Associate in Mercer’s Health practice in Boston. She consults in the mid to large market segment focusing on the strategic development of plan design, budgeting, health care reform, negotiation of renewals, and health and productivity. She helps clients develop cost effective plan designs, evaluate funding alternatives, select appropriate vendors, and develop guiding principles that will influence long and short term strategic goals. 

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David Martin, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Council

David is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Council. The Massachusetts Health Council was founded over 96 years ago to promote healthy lifestyles, wellness, preventative care and to address the social determinants of health. The mission of the Council is to foster a culture of health where people’s health and the health of the communities they live in are priorities for policy-makers, employers and civic leaders.

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Nancy McCarrick, Partner, Mercer

Nancy McCarrick is a Partner in Mercer’s Health practice in Boston. She leads relationships and engagements with large national employers. Nancy has specific consulting expertise in the following areas:  Development and measurement of long term health and benefits strategies aligned with broader business and talent objectives; Integration of innovative new solutions and care delivery models into a long term health strategy roadmap; Post-merger integration strategy and implementation; Value-based provider strategies; Strategic vendor evaluation and management; and Integration of clients' strategies and tactics across the spectrum of benefits and total compensation.

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Michael McCarthy, Professor, Harvard University

Michael McCarthy is a serial entrepreneur. He started his first business at the age of 16 and his first three weeks of sales financed his freshman year at New York University.

From 1994–2004, he was the #1 Stock Market Timer in the United States and raised $100 million in client assets with an inbound marketing referral program he developed. After a brief period of early retirement, Michael founded Budi Products in 2010, a food company designing brain-healthy gourmet snacks which was acquired in 2015.

McCarthy now focuses on teaching entrepreneurship, sales, leadership, and public speaking.

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Claire Santarelli, Division of Prevention and Wellness, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Claire Santarelli is the Director of the Office of Health Promotion & Partnerships in the Division of Prevention & Wellness at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  A Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Claire spent the first ten years of her career in direct patient care before seeking the opportunity to have a broader population impact.  Claire oversees implementation of health promoting policies in schools, early education, and worksites, as well as linkages between these settings, health systems, and the community.

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Employer Panel Speakers

Alphonsus "Phonz" Aguh Jr., Director of Health & Wellness, Gandara Center

Alphonsus “Phonz” Aguh, Jr. is currently the Director of Health and Wellness for Gandara Center. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology and is now finishing up his Masters in Exercise Science and Human Performance at Central Connecticut State University located in New Britain, CT. Phonz has worked at numerous universities and facilities. He now has established his own brand "Phonz Fitness" where he does personal training, strength and conditioning, health and wellness with all ages ranging from youth to professional athletes and other populations.

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Joanna Aronica, Wellness Manager, Maine Veterans' Homes

Joanna is the Wellness Manager for Maine Veterans’ Homes – a group of six long term care facilities in Maine recognized for their exceptional programs and full continuum of care serving Maine’s veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents. Joanna is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service earning her Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Management. In addition she has earned both her Professional in Human Resources from HRCI and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager designation from the National Wellness Institute.  

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Carolyn Ballard, Wellness Manager, Cambridge Health Alliance (2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner)

Carolyn Ballard is the Wellness Manager at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). She is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's in Nutrition. After completing her graduate education Carolyn worked in a variety of settings providing nutrition counseling to adults for weight management and sports nutrition. She first entered the field of worksite wellness as an Employee Wellness Nutritionist providing onsite nutrition counseling for employees at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 

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Laura Bosse, Vice President of Human Resources, Geiger

Laura is Vice President of Human Resources at Geiger.  Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, Geiger is the nation’s largest privately held promotional products distributor.  Laura’s career at Geiger spans more than 40 years.  She started in 1969 as a Billing Clerk and was promoted into progressively responsible positions within the organization. Returning to school in her 50’s, Laura received a business degree from Central Maine Community College.  In this company of 350 employees, Laura’s responsibilities include payroll and benefit administration, recruiting, employee relations, office services, continuous improvement, and safety and wellness. 

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Jennifer Burt, Human Resources Generalist, Shields Health Care Group

Jennifer Burt, MSHR, PHR is a Human Resources Generalist for Shields Health Care Group, primarily focused on the strategy and management of Shield’s benefits and wellness programs.  Jennifer has spent the majority of her career developing, implementing and managing employee benefits programs.  

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Maureen Daniels, Director Wellness and Community Health, Berkshire Health Systems (2016 Gold WorkWell MA Award Winner)

Maureen has worked in the field of Wellness for the last 18 years and is the Director of Wellness & Community Health Department for Berkshire Health Systems (BHS). Berkshire Health Systems is a small community health system nestled in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. The Wellness team designs, implements and evaluates wellness programming for its almost 5,000 staff and spouses, for the local businesses and the Berkshire community at large.

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Tom Doane, SVP Human Resources, Avidia Bank, MBA, PHR

Tom’s current role is SVP, Human Resources at Avidia Bank.  He is responsible for leading the human resources function for Avidia including talent acquisition, employee learning and development, compensation and benefits strategy, and performance management.  In addition to his ten plus years of experience in recruiting and HR, Tom has prior experience in graduate student recruitment and continuing education programming.

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Bob Espindola, Chairman of the Board of Selectman, Town of Fairhaven

Bob Espindola is the Chairmen of the Board of Selectmen in the Town of Fairhaven.  He worked to establish a new Wellness program in the Town and now serves the role of Sponsor. In his role, Bob worked closely with a Wellness Program Champion and Wellness Committee to roll out the program.  This group of volunteers started with no budget and was still able to garner a respectable level of employee participation.  Since then, the team has  applied for and received grants for special programs like diabetes prevention,  a “Working on Wellness” grant from the Mass Department of Health and worked with the Town Health Insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue shield to create an on line web portal and to create several health challenges for Town Employees and their families.

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Pam Faccone, Director Global Health, Prudential

Pam Faccone, MS, is a Director for Prudential in the Global Health Organization.  Pam has been with Prudential for over 25 years, starting in the fitness centers.  Her current responsibilities include oversight for all fitness, ergonomic and dependent care programs for employees nationwide.  She is also part of the team responsible for wellness strategy development for the organization.  She has a BS degree in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University and an MS degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma.

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Jennifer Forbes, Managaer Employee Benefits, Babson College (2016 Bronze WorkWell MA Award Winner)

Jennifer’s background includes over 15 years of Human Resources management, focusing HR Operations including Benefits, Compensation, HRIS and Payroll. Her award-winning work in the benefits field has been recognized by Cigna Healthcare, The Boston Business Journal and WorldatWork.  

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Martha Gagnon, Employee Benefits and Wellness Specialist, AIM Mutual (2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner)

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. 

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Maureen Giggey, Senior Director Recognition and Rewards Americas, Dassault Systems

Maureen Giggey is a Senior Director, Recognition and Rewards at Dassault Systèmes. Dassault Systèmes is the 3D experience company providing businesses and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its 3DEXPERIENCE Platform leverages the Company’s world-leading 3D software applications to transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported, enabling businesses to craft delightful customer experiences.  Maureen focuses on creating engaging experiences for 3,600 employees across the Americas, focusing on health, wealth, life and career, in a comprehensive approach to total rewards.  

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Susan Glover, Benefits and Wellness Manager, CDM Smith

Susan Glover, CWPC is the Benefits and Wellness Manager for CDM Smith, an engineering and consulting firm serving public and private clients around the globe, with headquarters in Boston, MA.  Susan came to this role with over 25 years of experience in  HR and wellness, focusing on benefits and compensation management in the higher education and healthcare industries.  In addition, she served as Director of Corporate Wellness for a benefits broker firm, helping clients in various industries develop and expand their wellness initiatives. 

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Glenn Haskell, Benefits Manager, New Balance

Glenn Haskell is the Benefits Manager for New Balance Athletic Shoe.  He has over 30 years experience in managing employee benefits.  Prior to New Balance, Glenn managed benefits at Gillette and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He is a member on the Board of Directors of the New England Employee Benefit Council.  He holds a degree in economics from Holy Cross.

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Karen Hewitt, Wellbeing Manager, Raytheon

Karen Hewitt is the Wellbeing Manager at Raytheon overseeing the Wellness, Work-life and EAP programs for Raytheon’s 60,000 global employees.  Karen has a BS is in Food Science and Dietetics and a MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior.  In her work experience she has focused on the value of employee’s health and wellbeing to the bottom line to maximize her influence.

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Victoria Kulungian, Benefits Specialist, Kronos Incorporated (WorkWell MA Silver Level Award Winner)

Victoria Kulungian is a Benefits Specialist for Kronos Incorporated, the global leader in delivering workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions.  Kronos has more than 5,000 employees worldwide and does business in more than 100 countries.  Victoria is responsible for developing program offerings that not only encourage employee health, but that support LiveInspired – Kronos’ global culture of wellness that inspires Kronites to overall wellbeing through challenges, health assessments, educational programming, and one-to-one coaching.  

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Cara Lamakina, Wellness Manager, Sun Life Financial

Cara Lamakina is a certified Registered Dietitian (RD), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN), has her Master’s in Nutrition and Health Promotion and a Certificate in Sports Nutrition from Simmons College.  She has worked in corporate wellness at Sun Life Financial for 16 years, with efforts focused on making employees’ lives better.  

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Anna Lyons, Vice President Human Capital, Alegeus

Anna Lyons is the Vice President of Human Capital at Alegeus, the industry’s leading consumer healthcare funding platform. Alegeus recognizes that its talent is its greatest asset and works hard to create an engaging culture and a rewarding place to work. Anna leads the company on everything related to making Alegeus a great place to work – including recruiting and on-boarding, compensation and benefits, development and training, organization design and effectiveness, rewards and incentives, and culture and engagement. She is dedicated to cultivating an environment where exceptional people are inspired to innovate, find new and better ways to serve clients, and grow the business – together.

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Donna Madden, Town of Bolton

Donna holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Suffolk University. She worked at Fidelity Investments in Product Management and has served 25 years in municipal finance and human resources.

She has been the Chair of the Minuteman Nashoba Health Group, a joint purchase group of 17 town and school districts for six years.

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Chris Mar, Director Compensation, Benefits and Systems, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Chris Mar is Director of Compensation, Benefits and Systems at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  He has a 30 year history working in healthcare, high tech, telecom, and biotech.  His current focus is on the employee experience (with 4 generations in the workforce), wellbeing, and the improvement of employee health.  He is constantly looking for innovative solutions with data to support their effectiveness.   

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Bridger McGaw, Head of Global and Security Services, athenahealth (2016 Silver WorkWell Award Winner)

Bridger McGaw currently leads the Global Security & Services team at athenahealth, Inc. headquartered in Watertown, MA with offices in six states and India.  In this role, he serves as the corporate security director overseeing safety, security and business continuity for the $5B company.  Bridger joined athena in 2013 as the Chief of Staff to the Chief Marketing officer and Director of Institutional Sales for Epocrates. He is a recipient of the athenahealth 2013 Teach Award and 2014 Owl Award .  

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Kathleen Nelson, Director of Population Health, Signature Healthcare (2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner)

Kathleen Nelson PT, MPH-PHP is the Director of Population Health at Signature Healthcare, a non-profit community hospital 22 miles south of Boston, MA.  Kathleen has 30 years of experience in occupational health and ergonomics focusing on total worker health and wellness. She worked for many years providing ergonomic training and consulting to manufacturing companies and hospitals systems throughout the U.S. and has lectured nationally on safe patient handling and injury prevention. In her role at Signature Healthcare Kathleen oversees the internal wellness program for the employees and spouses across 12 different locations.

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Julie Paris, Wellness Program Specialist, Akamai

Julie Paris is the Wellness Program Specialist at Akamai Technologies, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA.  She has successfully developed the wellness program and engaged her colleagues in programs that align with the 5 Pillars of Akamai Wellness - active, nourished, calm, balanced, and healthy.  

Her passion for health and wellness started with a part-time career as a group fitness instructor.  Completing the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's health coach program provided more fuel to her passion for health and wellness.

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Barry Rock, Director of Total Rewards, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

Barry Rock is Director of Total Rewards at Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan.  Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan is a non-profit managed care organization committed to providing the highest quality healthcare coverage to underserved populations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Barry is responsible for overall strategy, administration, and implementation of employee benefits, payroll, wellness, and HR systems.

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Cheryl Sweetman, Director of Human Resources, Palmer Foundry

Cheryl Sweetman, Director of Human Resources at Palmer Foundry, is a HR Professional with over 15 years experience.  Cheryl is responsible for implementing human resource management stratergies that enable Palmer Foundry to recruit, train and retain a motivated workforce.  Cheryl specializes in employee benefits and learning & development.

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Cynthia Yetman, President, AFT Amesbury Local #1033 Union City of Amesbury

Cynthia A Yetman, M.Ed, Certicate of Advanced Graduate Study has been President of AFT Amesbury Local #1033 Union City of Amesbury- for 14 years in her 7th elected term. She is the City of Amesbury's Wellness Champion and Quality Life Committee Member/Mayoral Appointment. She retired after completing 36 years teaching in the Amesbury Public School system as a Technology teacher and Director of Educational Technology. Prior to that she was on the WellPower Blue Cross/ Blue Shield City of Amesbury Committee for 8 years acting as Chair in 2016-2017.

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