Board of Directors

President

Rick Sutherland
RxBenefits
e-mail: rsutherland@rxbenefits.com

Business Development Executive with a passion for simplifying the complex world of Pharmacy and Insurance. I partner with brokers and consultants to provide actionable solutions to control their self-funded client’s Rx spend. Through these partnerships we provide lower contractual savings, a proprietary and catered clinical approach and a boutique service experience to serve clients of varying sizes and industries.

Past-President

Hugo Sibrian
Benefits & Risk Solutions
e-mail: hsibrian@brs1.com

Benefits & Risk Solutions (BRS) specializes in all aspects of benefits consulting and risk management strategies, including: high-level carrier negotiations, healthcare funding alternatives, wellness programs, total rewards, communications, M&A and underwriting. BRS provides the highest quality human capital consulting and risk management services, and delivers it with exemplary customer service.

Vice President

Drew Wilson
VSP Vision Care
e-mail: drew.wilson@vsp.com

Drew Wilson is a Market Director at VSP Vision Care. Drew manages new and existing commercial business in the greater LA market (1000+). Drew works with both clients and brokers to offer the greatest value and the right program for employee populations. Drew has Key Account Management experience (10,000+) in the Central US, and brings experience in data and analysis.

Secretary

George N. Papacalos
Kaiser Permanente
e-mail: george.n.papacalos@kp.org

I have an extensive and diverse background in group health insurance. My areas of expertise are Health Care Reform, Workforce Productivity, and Small Business Plans. My focus is to provide clients with long term solutions that will improve employee wellness.

Executive Director

Art Smith, CAE
AG Smith & Associates, LLC
e-mail: art.smith@agsmithassoc.com

Membership Director

Erika Adkins
Transamerica
e-mail: erika.adkins@transamerica.com

Representing Transamerica's Voluntary Benefits - Life Insurance, Critical Illness, Accident Insurance, Hospital Indemnity, Disability and various Medical/ GAP products - in the broker marketplace. Through technology and innovation and with historically proven products, Transamerica is able to enhance and simplify the enrollment experience for brokers and clients alike.

Programs Director

Elizabeth Escue
Aflac
e-mail: eescue@aflac.com

Group Sales Representative – Group Insurance Broker Channel at Aflac.  Prior to that she was a Sales Specialist/Coordinator at Lincoln Financial Group, a Benefit Specialist at Unum, and a Mortgage Consultant at Stratz and Company. Elizabeth served as Programs Chair of the EBPA Board in 2017 and 2018 and 2019.

Sponsorship Director

Michael Lujan
Oscar Health
e-mail: mlujan@hioscar.com

At Oscar Health, I am responsible for growing membership through our broker and general agent distribution channels. I am a passionate evangelist for advancing innovation and technology in health care and insurance to deliver a better consumer experience. Prior to joining Oscar, I had the privilege of helping stand-up California’s health benefit exchange, and building the agent distribution channel that continues to account for nearly half of the total 1.5 million enrolled through Covered California.

Director At Large

Chad Eichten
Mutual of Omaha
e-mail: chad.eichten@mutualofomaha.com

Employee Benefits professional specializing in Life, Disability, Dental, Accident, and Critical Illness. We focus on providing creative ideas and solutions to enable my partner agencies and brokers to generate higher sales and organic growth through the ancillary market. Creating and implementing revenue generating strategies to maximize broker commission on in-force book of business. Executing a voluntary benefits education model that maximizes employee participation and simplifies administration for HR and broker agencies.

Networking Director

Randy Rodriguez
Ameritas
e-mail: randy.rodriguez@ameritas.com

As a Group Sales Rep for Ameritas, my goal is to help solve for the needs of the broker, employer and insureds related to our Group Dental, Vision, Hearing and Student Loan Repayment programs. Ameritas is one of the nation's top 5 leaders in group dental, vision and other ancillary benefits. Board member for Employee Benefits Planning Association.

Social Media Director

Hayley Xandy Novack
Playa Vista Insurance Services, Inc.
e-mail: novack@playavistains.com

Account Manager with Playa Vista Insurance Services assisting clients with their employee benefits and other needs. She believes that employee benefits and health insurance are an important factor in a person's daily life. Whether it be a quick doctor's visit for a cold or serious illness, having health insurance and understanding it can help take some of the stress away during difficult times. Hayley "Xandy" has been involved with the Rotary community for about ten years through family and volunteering opportunities. She is also a member of Professionals in Human Resources Association. 

Certification Director

Bobbi Kaelin, CHRS
PayPro Administrators
e-mail: bobbikaelin@pagroup.us

Bobbi Kaelin has been with PayPro Administrators, since 1991, where she initially managed client services and marketing, with regards to tax-advantaged benefits. Her expertise has expanded to include compliance, plan design, technical issues, and broker services. She is a certified healthcare reform specialist, CDHC certified, and was one of the few non-agents instructors in California, that provided training for Covered California, for California's exchange certification.