Let us introduce ourselves. We are strategists, enthusiasts, humanitarians, and detectives. A dynamic group of people who all share a passion for saving lives.
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Allison Lantieri, Marketing Director
Allison Lantieri is a vibrant marcom leader with a passion for building brands and relationships. Her unique tenure in theatre, communications and healthcare combined with her love for leadership has put her in the middle of a number of terrific organizations. She currently leads the brand story for Ovation Benefits in Farmington, CT, where she is also knee-deep in supporting an organizational leadership deep dive.
Prior to joining Ovation, Allison spent more than a decade in eldercare and aging advocacy as a strategic marketing consultant for the Pioneer Network and Director of Communications for the Institute for Caregiver Education. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications, a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Minor in Public Relations from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Allison is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and the American Marketing Association. She is a blogger, antique lover and storyteller, and lives in Hebron, Connecticut with her husband and two young children.
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“Marketing is about connecting with an audience. You can't truly connect unless you have an engaging story to tell. Ovation has oneand having the opportunity to tell it is an honor.” -Allison Lantieri
William J. Carew, President & CEO
Bill Carew is a healthcare entrepreneur and business leader with a passion for innovation, leadership and personal growth. With a tight knit group of partners, he has launched and grown four successful businesses, all of which have been positioned as innovative market leaders in mature industries.
As President and CEO of Ovation Holdings, Bill is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the main operating companies, Ovation Benefits and the newly-launched Karelia Health. Over the past three years the company has completed multiple acquisitions, opened up new markets, launched numerous new products and services and incubated Karelia to become a new stand-alone business.
Bill attributes his success and personal satisfaction to being part of a forward-thinking management team that thrives on new challenges and allows him to regularly re-define his day to day responsibilities to focus on new and emerging opportunities. By continuously adapting to the changing needs of the business and the marketplace, Bill and his team remain personally energized and highly engaged in the growth and day to day operations of businesses.
Bill is a member of the Metro-Hartford Alliance Healthcare Council and Chairman of the Wellness Committee, a frequent presenter to industry trade groups, and an active contributor to business and industry panels influencing the direction of healthcare policy and legislative activity. He was responsible for the creation of the “Ovation Nation” online community and lead contributor to “The Business of Healthcare & the World Around Us” which can be found at www.ovationbenefits.com/blog.
Bill has a BA in History from Boston College and an MA in Economics from Trinity College. Bill is a past recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award by the Hartford Business Journal, a member of the Northwest Catholic High School Board of Directors and immediate past Chairman of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bill resides in Simsbury, CT with his wife Karen and their four children.
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“The problems in healthcare are huge, but the opportunities are even bigger. I love the challenge, and I love having the chance to make a real difference.” -Bill Carew
William Mauke, President, Workforce Health
Bill Mauke brings more than 30 years of experience in the health benefits industry to his position. He is responsible for Ovation's Workforce Health business unit and has been responsible for many of the company's pioneering initiatives in workplace health management programs and consumer directed health plans. Bill is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on the topics of population health management and healthcare consumerism. He is active in industry organizations including the National Business Group on Health and the Institute for Health and Productivity Management.
Prior to joining Ovation, Bill managed health benefit operations for three national insurance carriers in Atlanta, New York and Boston, and has been responsible for client relationships with national accounts including NASA, BIC Corp, Reebok, LL Bean and the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission.
Bill has a BA in Economics from Colgate University.
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“The work that we are doing to engage employers in looking at Workforce Health as a significant business strategy is crucial to saving millions of healthcare dollars. More important is the real impact we can have on actually saving lives.” -Bill Mauke
Brian F. Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer
Brian Driscoll is a founding Partner of Ovation Benefits Group. Prior to founding Ovation Benefits and its predecessor company CarewDriscoll, Brian held a number of positions in the healthcare industry with Johnson & Higgins, Aetna and Travelers.
In addition to his extensive background in the negotiation and financing of employee benefits, Brian has also overseen the area of compliance for Ovation Benefits. He is a frequent participant and speaker in the company's seminar series and has advised and trained employer groups in various areas including HIPAA and Medicare Part D.
He currently is an active board member of the Connecticut Benefit Brokers (CBB) and participates on the insurance company (Anthem & Connecticare) broker advisory councils.
Brian attended Trinity College where he received a BA in Mathematics. Brian, his wife Kathy, and their daughter Emily reside in Burlington. In his free time, Brian is an active member of St. Patrick's Church in Collinsville; he also coaches youth sports and enjoys playing golf.
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“The general success of our organization centers on our commitment to hire and retain the best available talent. Hardworking, smart and energetic people provide our organization with the highest quality service experience for our customers, the culture we desire and the innovation necessary to continue our success.” -Brian Driscoll
John Carew, Chief Sales Officer
John Carew has been Chief Sales Officer and Partner to Ovation since its inception in 2002. With more than twenty years of experience in the managed care industry, John is responsible for all business development activities for Ovation. His passion and natural affinity for sales management has helped build a top-notch sales team and he takes great pride in the thoughtful solutions his team members bring to every business opportunity they encounter.
Before joining the Ovation team, John was a member of Carew, Driscoll & Associates where he spent 100% of his time on building new business sales. Prior to that, John spent five years working in business operations and sales with Tufts Health Plans and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare in Boston.
John received his BA from Providence College where he studied economics and art history. When not working, John enjoys running marathons, playing rugby, coaching baseball and traveling with his family. John and his wife Kirsten reside in Simsbury, Connecticut with their three young boys.
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“People don't need another broker right now. They need a solution. And we have it.” -John Carew
Carrie Balicki, AVP, Workforce Health Operations
Carrie joined Ovation in July of 2005 and is currently Assistant Vice President and Workforce Health Operations Manager. Her main responsibilities include the day to day operations and client management for our Workforce Health business.
Prior to joining the Workforce Health team Carrie was Practice Leader for our small business group. She spent five years in that role managing approximately 125 of our insurance clients. Carrie is a past recipient of Ovation's internal quarterly achievement award which recognizes employees who exhibit positive energy, initiative, concern for their colleagues and a dedication to the company mission.
Carrie is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business and a minor in Accounting. She spends her free time with husband Greg and three beautiful boys, William, Nicholas and Jackson.
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“Our work will help our clients save lives. This mission is what makes it easy for our team to be focused, energized and passionate about the work we do every day. ” -Carrie Balicki
Dr. Charles H. Taylor, MD, Medical Director
Charles H. Taylor, MD, serves as Medical Director for Ovation and for the Taylor-High Clinic, a preventive medical center in Atlanta, GA. He also serves as medical advisor for several Fortune 500 Corporations. Dr. Taylor is recognized as a Top Doctor in America by U.S. News World and Report. He was a member of the medical advisory committee to the Georgia Governor and served on the CDC Business & Expert Panel to develop and provide resources to states for setting guidelines and standards in the field of health promotion and preventive healthcare.
Previously, Dr. Taylor served as Medical Director of the Emory Clinic Perimeter where he designed preventive evaluations and comprehensive intervention programs for top executives of Fortune 500 Companies. Dr. Taylor is a co-author of Ovation's Risk Reduction Program which has served thousands of individuals at worksites across the US.
Dr. Taylor received his B. S., Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN and his M.D. at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners, American Medical Association, Georgia Academy of Family Practice and the American Heart Association, Georgia Affiliate. He is certified by the American Association of Family Practice, National Board of Medical Examiners and is licensed by the State of Georgia.
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“It wasn't until the 90s we realized the only way to empty the lobby of sick people is to see them when they are well. You've got to get to these folks early to change their lives.” -Dr. Charles Taylor, MD
Jeff Worley, Practice Leader
Prior to joining Ovation, Jeff served as Executive Director at Benefits Consulting Group, LLC, a company he founded in 2000. Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the employee benefits arena including several leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente, most recently serving as Director of Sales for the Connecticut and New York markets, with responsibility for sales, marketing, account management, as well as several fortune 500 clients. Jeff is a major proponent of health improvement initiatives and continues to seek innovative health solutions for all business partners.
Jeff has a BA in Economics from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and an MBA with a dual Finance/Marketing concentration from The University of Connecticut.
Jeff resides in Canton, Connecticut with his wife Karen and their two sons. He has been involved in youth lacrosse and ski racing and volunteers as a ski racing coach for the Ct Special Olympics Winter Games. Jeff is an active cyclist and loves to ski and surf with his sons.
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“We get it. You're busy, under-resourced and bogged down in the day-to-day. Our team brings an expertise that will give you peace of mind and free you up for more important thingslike managing your business.” -Jeff Worley
Kim Kovalski, Chief Financial Officer
Kim is Ovation's Chief Financial Officer and brings with her over a decade of financial experience namely in the private equity industry working for CCP Equity Partners. During her tenure there the firm was primarily focused on building and expanding private businesses in the financial services industry.
Kim has served on boards of directors for a number of businesses in the financial services industry including MedSpan, Hobbs Group, Long Term Care Group and Kinloch Holdings.
More recently Kim has served on the boards of the Metro Alliance Insurance and the Financial Services Cluster. Kim graduated with an MA in Finance from Fairfield University and went on to receive her MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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“In an economic downturn, it is refreshing to be part of an organization that is focusing on not just saving money for its clients, but saving lives as well. To that end, our strong financial foundation serves us well as we move to engage clients in our mission.” -Kim Kovalski
Peter Townsley, Dir. Chronic Disease Prevention Programs
Peter Townsley is Ovation's Director of Chronic Disease Prevention. He is a founder of Health Navigators and past President and CEO of Corporate Health Services of America, Inc., where he managed medically based preventive health services for corporations in 42 states for 20 years. Mr. Townsley has served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association of the Southeastern United States, was Chairman of the Heart at Work, the Worksite Health and Public Policy Committees for Georgia, and is a past president of the American Heart Association of Metro Atlanta.
Mr. Townsley is a founding member of both the Georgia Foundation for Athletic Excellence and the Georgia Coalition for Nutrition and Physical Activity. He has served as co-chairman of the R. Bruce Logue, MD, "Excellence in Medicine" Board of Advisors and has served on the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Cardiovascular Health & Business Expert Panel where he contributed to the CDC Worksite Tool Kit. Mr. Townsley is a popular speaker for businesses, Associations and Academic Institutions and has been a frequent guest on television and radio. He is the author of several health improvement and ethics articles and booklets, and is the author of "The Risk Reduction Program" utilized by Ovation Benefits' Workforce Health initiatives.
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“A long and enjoyable life doesn't belong only to those with the best genes. It belongs rather to those who know their numbers, who follow evidence based guidelines, and who do what's best for them regardless of whether it's popular or convenient.” -Peter Townsley
Robert Marino, Senior Practice Leader
Bob Marino is responsible for overseeing Ovation's Account Management staff. He has developed the practices and procedures essential to delivering the standards of service to all of our clients. Bob spent four years as Director of Sales and Account Management at MedSpan Health Options, a Connecticut HMO. While there, he managed all aspects of Customer Service, Renewals and New Business Sales. During his tenure, MedSpan was recognized as one of America's fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine as well as the highest rated HMO in Connecticut for overall customer service.
Prior to MedSpan, Bob spent 15 years with CIGNA Health Plans. He held various positions during this time including underwriter and account manager operating in several different marketplaces around the country. His range of responsibilities included renewal and new business pricing; product development and direct account management services.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. Bob also holds a Chartered Life Underwriters Professional Designation.
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“The energy and dedication of our client service teams comes through in the great work we deliver to our clients every day.” -Robert Marino
Ron Theriault, Senior Practice Leader
Ronald Theriault specializes in the public sector market. Ron has more than 16 years of experience in the insurance industry, and has worked closely with many cities, towns, and districts throughout Connecticut. His work includes managing the RFP process, budget projections, strategic plan design, collective bargaining and expert testimony at arbitration hearings.
Ron is an active member of Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, Connecticut Association of School Board Officials, Connecticut Government Finance Officers Association, Connecticut Council of Small Towns, and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. He graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Bates College.
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Tony Bruschino, Director, Information Technology
Tony Bruschino is the Director of Information Technology for Ovation. In this capacity, Tony sets the strategy and directs internal and external operations. He often works behind the scenes in the office ensuring smooth operation of the backend infrastructure and is always eager to offer tech advice to anyone who needs it.
Guiding and motivating staff is core to Tony's leadership philosophy, and he truly values everyone's opinion and strives to treat people the way he would like to be treated.
When not spending quality time with his wife and their English bulldog, he can often be found pursuing the next best thing in server administration, web development or virtualization, climbing a mountain on his mountain bike, checking out the latest in at-home workout programs or aspiring to take over the world with the latest technological gadget.
Tony holds a BA in Information Technology from Marist College.
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“I understand that one size does not fit all and that in this 'do more, spend less' environment, being a productive and efficient leader is as important as ever.” -Tony Bruschino
Joseph "Jay" Fiorello, Practice Leader
Jay joined Ovation in 2004 and has been in the employee benefits arena for 16 years. He leads a team with specialties in municipal benefits, health and productivity planning, and self-funding arrangements. Elements of his work include risk management, interpreting Health Care Reform, managing RFP processes, developing annual budget projections, disciplined understanding of insurance underwriting, formulating progressive plan designs, creating benefits and health improvement-focused collective bargaining strategies as well as providing expert testimony at mediation and arbitration hearings.
Jay’s primary objective is to create customized employee benefit strategies and cultures based on a personalized focus to each customer's industry forces and business goals. He studied mathematics at the University of Connecticut.
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Pia Brown, CEBS, Managing Consultant
Pia has worked in the Employee Benefits arena for more than 16 years. Since joining Ovation in 2006 as a Senior Account Manager, she has progressed to Managing Consultant and now leads a team in consulting, design, and execution of Employee Benefit Programs that support and enhance each individual employer's business strategy.
Known for her shoot from the hip, consultative approach, Pia consistently helps move strategy forward. Together with her team, she supports employers that want more than "just benefits" for their business, their employees and their families.
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Emily Bailey, Managing Consultant
As a Managing Consultant at Ovation, Emily serves as a mentor and a leader for the Account Management staff to encourage best practice sharing, keep the team advised and aware of the changing compliance landscape, balance workloads, oversee project work, and align our team with the overarching goals of the organization.
Emily joined Ovation in 2006, and has worked in various roles throughout the organization. She is responsible for developing the overall benefits strategy, and ensuring customer satisfaction for her clients. Elements of her work include risk management, interpreting Health Care Reform, managing the RFP process, developing annual budget projections, disciplined understanding of insurance underwriting, formulating progressive plan designs, creating benefits and health improvement focused collective bargaining strategies and providing expert testimony at mediation and arbitration hearings.
Emily graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University and resides in Burlington, Connecticut with her husband Chris and their daughter Allison.
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