Leadership

The OCEBC leadership team represents a blend of experience and talents that provide guidance, vision and focus as engaging educational and career-advancing opportunities are provided for our members.  Please see below for information on the 2021 Board of Directors and Committee Chairs.

President
Jennifer Gonzales
Warner Pacific Insurance Services
(949) 573-7229
jennifer.gonzales@warnerpacific.com

Jennifer Gonzales is a Sales Consultant with Warner Pacific, offering expertise on medical and ancillary lines of coverage. Her role is to support brokers with both small and large group clients and to keep brokers informed on the latest carrier and health insurance updates. She assists with quoting, benefit analysis, negotiation, employer presentations, enrollment collateral and support, and underwriting/case installation. With Warner Pacific’s state of the art technology and broker tools, access to all major insurance carriers, and over a decade of employee benefits experience, Jennifer is positioned to give brokers an edge!

Jennifer holds a BS in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. Hook ‘em!

Vice President
Kristen Rivers
UnitedHealthcare
(714) 226-4185
kristen.rivers@uhc.com

Kristen Rivers serves as a Sales Executive for UnitedHealthcare, and is responsible for selling Key Accounts (100+ eligibles) new business, as well as developing and strengthening broker relationships across Southern California.  Kristen has been with UnitedHealthcare for almost ten years, and has previously served as a Director of Project Management, playing an instrumental role in business planning and strategic efforts for the West Region. Prior to that role, Kristen served as the Director of Business Development for Key Accounts in California, leading strategic initiatives, analytics, project management, reporting, and the sales support staff.

Under her leadership, Key Accounts made significant and sustained progress towards the company’s broader strategic priorities for growth, affordability, quality, relationships, and innovation. She has a diverse professional background ranging from title insurance to legal. Her vast knowledge of the California market and previous experience in the various capacities of her aforementioned roles make her an ideal fit for the Sales Executive role.

Kristen resides in Tustin, and holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Irvine, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2018. When she is not working, Kristen likes to spend her time hiking, running, taking her dogs to the beach, and spending time with family.

Secretary / Treasurer
Eric Farr
Blue Shield of California
(909) 720-8200
eric.farr@blueshieldca.com

Immediate Past President
Lily Tang Lam
OneDigital
(949) 315-1332
llam@onedigital.com

Lily Lam is currently the Regional Vice President of Growth for OneDigital West Region and has been with the company since 2001. Lily is responsible for setting the strategic vision for the company and managing the sales, marketing, business development, consulting and M&A with a strong focus on growth and continuous improvement initiatives.  She focuses on finding great teams and firms to join their growing organization, and is responsible for leading the consulting team with strategies, solutions and resources to provide to their clients.

Lily earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of California when she graduated cum laude. In 2010 and 2013, Lily was nominated for the “Women in Business” award by Orange County Business Journal.  Besides OCEBC, Lily is also professionally affiliated with the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ICEBS), and is HIPAA Certified.

Golf Committee Co-Chair
Dre Fitzpatrick
Anthem
(714) 308-6669
dre.fitzpatrick@anthem.com

Golf Committee Co-Chair
Juan Lopez
Colonial Life & Applied GA
(714) 357-0600
juan.lopez@coloniallifesales.com

Membership Committee Chair
Chris Arias
MemorialCare
(714) 377-2942
carias@memorialcare.org

Chris Arias is the Director of Business Development, where he leads a team responsible for employer outreach to the business communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties. He has 15 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, having started his healthcare journey at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, where he worked in accounting and finance. Since then, he has taken on roles in compliance, audit, consulting, and market research in various organizations including PIH Health and UCI Health. Chris received his B.A. in Economics & Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Greeters & Volunteers Committee Chair
Janice Marino
Sun Life
(949) 275-2996
janice.marino@sunlife.com

Social Media / Website Committee Chair
Jenna Farr
jennamfarr@gmail.com

THE ORANGE COUNTY EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COUNCIL
WAS FOUNDED IN 1978 BY THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS:

George Eastman
William A. Giamarino
Don Murphy
Wesley R. Smith
Richard A. Strassel

SERVING AS PRESIDENT HAVE BEEN:

1978-79 Hank T. Handschuch
1979-80 George Eastman
1980-81 William A. Giamarino
1981-82 Wesley R. Smith
1982-83 Robert A. Pepping
1983-84 Hartcel J. Hobbs
1984-85 David C. Rushmore
1985-86 Glenda C. Dick
1986-87 Mae M. Parrett
1987-88 John L. Kuykendall
1988-89 Patrick V. Murphy
1989-90 Gregory B. Baird
1990-91 Bernard M. Clayton, Jr.
1991-92 James T. Elliott
1992-93 Michael C. Fox
1993-94 Wyn M. Lewis
1994-95 Michael V. Viljak
1995-96 Nancy J. Bourgeois
1996-97 Michael J. Carothers
1997-98 Dale L. Macrae
1998-99 Chris Bistodeau
1999-00 Christopher De Rosa
2000-01 Jim Remick
2001-02 Jennifer Hall
2002-03 Marty Garey
2003-04 Diane Thomas
2004-05 Dean Schmieder
2005-06 Brian McGuire
2006-07 Lou Riggione
2007-08 Sciona Williamson
2008-09 Melanie Thomas
2009-10 Matt Bernhard
2010-11 Kevin Astrup
2011-12 Jeannie Prioli (Jeannie Bresnen)
2012-13 Marc Pannier
2013-14 Kari Dobson
2014-15 Kara Williams
2015-16 Lisa Burns
2016-17 Ashlee Johnson
2017-18 Emile Bayle
2018-19 Ann Stawicki
2019-20 Lily Lam

The success of this Council is a direct result of the efforts of these individuals and their supporting officers and directors. We appreciate their dedication to our organization and our professions.

OCEBC
360 E. 1st Street, #992
Tustin, CA 92780
714-259-1759
director@ocebc.org

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