Indiana’s Top Benefit Advisors Team

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American Health and Wellness Group prides itself in the depth of knowledge & experience of its people.

When American Health and Wellness Group began serving clients in 2001, the mission was to create a paradigm shift in the delivery of corporate employee benefits by combining the disciplines of employee benefits and corporate wellness. The company sought to achieve the best possible health and financial outcomes for its clients.

Alicia Benson

ACCOUNT MANAGER

A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations, Alicia has over 15 years of experience in account management with a focus on procurement, communications strategy and business development in the global meetings and travel industry. She is passionate about finding a strategic solution for every client, and creating the right-fit wellness program in partnership with our clients.

Family: Married with four children, two dogs, two cats and a lizard!

Favorites: Traveling, home remodeling, kayaking and spending time with family

Allison Weist

HEALTH COACH, CSMC

Allison is a Certified Health Coach through the nationally recognized Health Coaching Institute and Certified Stress Management Coach (CSMC). Allison is educated in over 100 diet theories and has helped change lives through effective skills in lifestyle behavior change in the areas of diet, weight loss, stress reduction, sleep and more. Allison also has a strong HR background engaging in benefits and wellness. This combination creates great synergy for a coach in the corporate environment.

Family: Allison lives in Indianapolis with her two dogs Charlie and Woody.

Favorites: Hiking, camping, board games, traveling, concerts and being by bodies of water!

Andee Bookmyer

HEALTH COACH, CSMC

Andee is a graduate of Ball State University and earned her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education at Indiana University. She is a Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Certified Stress Management Coach. She is also a blog writer for Indianapolis Moms and visits WISH-TV bi-monthly to discuss her writing pieces. Andee is extremely passionate about fitness, nutrition, self-care and helping individuals become the best versions of themselves.

Favorites: Spending time with her 7-year-old son, working out, competing in CrossFit competitions, writing, traveling and enjoying the sunshine and outdoors

Andrea Davidson

HEALTH COACH

Andrea graduated from Indiana University and worked in corporate finance prior to transitioning to a career in health and wellness. She started her own health coaching practice working with individuals on nutrition and weight loss before joining the AHW team. Andrea is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Coaching Mastery Trained.

Family: Andrea and her husband Brian live in the northern suburbs of Indiana with their daughter Dolly.

Favorites: Andrea enjoys Colorado skiing with her family and when she’s home you will find her in the kitchen creating new recipes!

Brittany Streich

SENIOR BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION SPECIALIST

Brittany is an Indiana University graduate with a BS in Kinesiology. She has over 5 years of experience in the health and wellness industry in a variety of roles and settings.

Family: Husband, Simon and son, Brody

Favorites: IU sports, running, traveling

Carol Ray

BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION SPECIALIST

Carol serves as a Client Services, Implementation Specialist for AHW. She brings over 10 years of experience as a Software Support Engineer in addition to experience as a payroll administrator for 3 major dealerships. Her roles included software support, implementation, project management and training on proprietary software.

Family: Married with 2 kids and 2 labs named X-Ray and Sting Ray

Favorites: Carol enjoys DIY projects, volunteering, spending time with her family and cheering on her kids at their sporting events

Christi Vitales

CLIENT SERVICES, IMPLEMENTATION COORDINATOR

Christi brings over 20 years of employee benefits industry experience to American Health & Wellness Group. She has served in various account management and administrative leadership capacities for third-party administrators, broker agencies, and medical practice offices during her career. Christi enjoys creating positive client relationships and working toward long term goals as a team.

Favorites: Time with my family, volunteerism, travel, reading, biking, and trying new fitness classes

David Ellis

IT MANAGER

Bio coming soon.

Debbie Jernigan

DIRECTOR, BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION & TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Debbie Jernigan serves as the Director of the Benefits Administration and Technology Solutions team. She has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including roles in revenue cycle management, technology implementation and management, sales and marketing, client management, and process improvement.

Family: Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband, five children and 5-year-old cockapoo.

Favorites: Her favorite activities include spending time outdoors, running, cycling, playing with her children and anything football.

Jackie Weiss

VICE PRESIDENT

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Jackie Weiss is often the first contact a client has with American Health & Wellness Group. With 22 years of experience in the insurance industry, Jackie is well versed in the unique needs of employers and the solutions that American Health & Wellness can provide. She enjoys spending time with her teenage children and believes including them in altruistic endeavors sets a good tone. Together they work in a community “soup kitchen” monthly and have taken two mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

Family: Two children and a dog, Cody

Favorites: hiking, spinning, any outdoor activity

Jennifer Reid

HEALTH COACH

Jennifer Reid graduated with her BSN from the University of Evansville in 2016. She worked in an intensive care unit specializing in trauma, neuro, and surgical nursing care for the last 4.5 years and is an adjunct clinical instructor for Marian University of Indianapolis’ Accelerated BSN Program. She loves being able to use her nursing background to help our clients and their employees achieve optimal health outcomes.

Family: Husband, Brad and mini goldendoodle, Aubbi

Favorites: DIY projects, working out, crafting, and spending time with family (she is the oldest of 4 girls and am the second oldest of 21 grandchildren)

Jenny Challis

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

A graduate of Purdue University with 13 years of experience in Customer Service/Business development and 6 years of experience as an Account Manager. She is hyper focused on client needs and is passionate about wellness, living a healthy life and trying to positively influence others to be healthier.

Family: Married

Favorites: Yoga, weight lifting, traveling and my fur-kids (dog Rocco and cat Helen)

Jesse Barber

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Jesse brings 15 years of sales and leadership experience to AHW. As Director of Business Development, Jesse looks to prioritize a service-minded and people-first approach in the development of innovative, cost-saving solutions. Having been raised in Indianapolis, Jesse is eager to drive new business through the management of existing professional networks, as well as create new professional relationships across many unique spaces.

Family: Wife Lindsay, son Jamison, and daughter Finley

Favorites: Jesse enjoys time with family. A former University of Kentucky baseball player, fanatic to all things University of Kentucky Athletics related; especially the basketball and football programs. Jesse is a season ticket holder to the Indianapolis Colts and enjoys golf in his spare time. As a “foodie”, he always enjoys supporting the local culinary scene.

John Ruckelshaus

ADVISOR

A graduate of Indiana University with over a decade of professional experience working closely with regulatory bodies within Indiana. Prior to joining AHW, I served six years as a key consultant to Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. My extensive expertise includes a previous role with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development as well.

Juli Wertz

BOOKKEEPER

Bio coming soon.

Karen Cronlin

CLIENT SERVICES

Bio coming soon.

Kelly Witt

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Kelly Witt serves as Chief Operating Officer for American Health and Wellness Group. She has enjoyed being in the health and wellness group benefits industry for over 25 years. Kelly’s diverse leadership background includes business operations, client management, sales and marketing, product development, reporting, wellness and onsite employer clinics.

Kim Mitchell

WELLNESS COORDINATOR

As a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio Kim has over 14 years in Customer Service experience and 3 years specifically in the health and wellness industry. She enjoys working with the AHW health coaches to provide our clients with top notch wellness guidance and support.

Family: Kim resides in Carmel, IN with husband Clint, and daughters Addison & MacKenna.

Favorites: Kim loves spending time with friends and family, dabbling in Graphic Design, skiing and running.

Kristen Mason-Glasscott

CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

A graduate of Ohio State University, Kristen has more than 17 years of sales, marketing and strategic business development experience. She is a member of the Indiana Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Accelerent. Within her AHW business development role, she will drive continued growth for the company and focus on cultivating new business relationships to which AHW can bring exceptional value and provide lower benefit plan costs through a strategic approach.

Favorites: Spending time with her two girls, Carmel Dads Club Softball Coach, Traveling, Outdoor Activities, Colts and Ohio State Games

Kristin Rickitts

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Bio coming soon.

Lexi Althouse

INTERN, HEALTH COACH

Lexi is a senior year student at Ball State University and will graduate May 2017 with a degree in Exercise Science and Foundations of Management. She is a wellness intern interested in corporate wellness and fitness and desires to make individuals live happy, healthier lives. She enjoys working with individual clients as they set goals and strive to reach them. Lexi has experience with athletics, coaching, recreation facilities, and event planning. She is dedicated to several organizations on her college campus, including her sorority, Chi Omega, and Dance Marathon.

Favorites: Family time, boating, thrifting, volleyball, discovering music, sunshine, euchre, lots of time with friends, IndyCar racing

Lindsey Byerly

MARKETING ANALYST

A graduate of Butler University with a dual degree in International Studies and International Business, Lindsey has over five years experience in sales and marketing. She is an active Delta Gamma alumni and Dress for Success volunteer. Lindsey’s role is instrumental in creating unique and relevant content to engage with clients and new business relationships.

Family: Married

Favorites: Figure skating, painting, hiking, volunteering and traveling

Lucy Duncan

CONTROLLER

Bio coming soon.

Mallory Klausmeier

BENEFIT ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR

A graduate of Indiana University, Mallory has nearly a decade of health and wellness experience, along with project management and benefit consulting expertise. She is skilled in kinesiology and online paperless technology.

Family: Husband Tim and daughter, Lucy

Favorites: The vibrant culture of the Indianapolis, the arts and sporting events.

Mike Weiss

PRESIDENT & SENIOR ADVISOR

Insurance industry veteran Michael Weiss serves as CEO and president of American Health & Wellness Group. A graduate of University of Connecticut as well as New York Law School, Mike has spent nearly 40 years working with individuals and organizations to provide strategic insurance and employee benefits counsel. Holding Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designations, he launched his career as an underwriter in 1977. He remained on the east coast until coming to Indianapolis in 1998 to serve as chief operating officer for Key Benefit Administrators. Mike enjoys spending time with his family and supports Gleaners, Wheeler Mission and Special Olympics Indiana.

Family: Married, three children, lives in Carmel, Indiana

Favorites: Travel, watersports and hiking (and his dog, Chloe)

Miriam Posluszny

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Miriam is a certified Human Resources professional with over 20 years of experience in training, facilitation, change management and employee relations. She has targeted experience in communications, organizational change management, workforce modeling, organizational impact analysis, and designing and delivering training curriculum.

Family: Married with 2 kids

Favorites: Volunteering/Supporting the Arts, Photography, and Crafts

Paige Horgan

SENIOR HEALTH COACH

Paige is a graduate from DePauw University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Kinesiology and an ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certification. Prior to joining American Health & Wellness Group, she served as a Health Coach at Subaru America in their corporate wellness center. She is dedicated to helping members achieve a balanced lifestyle that encompasses all facets of health and wellness.

Favorites: Traveling, playing tennis, hiking, cooking, biking, and downhill skiing in the winter months.

Peggy Lynn

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Bio coming soon.

Penny Hunsicker

SENIOR HEALTH COACH

Penny is a certified Lifestyle Fitness & Wellness Coach. Prior to coming aboard with AHW she owned her own health & wellness company and was the wellness coach for a family care and pediatric medical group. Penny has also been a frequent guest on Channel 13, educating and inspiring viewers on nutrition, exercise and overall wellness.

Family: Penny and Steve have been married over 30 years and have four kids and a shiatsu named Holly.

Favorites: Sunshine is one of Penny’s favorite things especially if she is biking, hiking fishing, or boating with her family.

Rick Weiss

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Bio coming soon.

Samantha Cohen

ADMINISTRATION

Bio coming soon.

Shelly Cherry

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

A graduate of IU, Shelly brings 10+ Years experience in the health and wellness industry. Shelly has been a Senior Health Coach with AHW for 5 years now and has recently made the switch into Business Development. With Shelly’s experience on the wellness side, she can bring a very personal sales approach and help drive continued growth for the company, and focus on developing the best health and wellness program for all different types of clientele.

Family: Married to her husband Keith for 8 years. Has 3 kids, 2 boys and 1 new baby girl!

Favorites: Exercising, being outdoors with the family, and tailgating with her fellow Hoosiers!

Sue Herrmann

SENIOR BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION SPECIALST

Sue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Dayton and a Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University. She worked for six years at Computer Sciences Corporation in their Healthcare Division, training clients and employees on their proprietary healthcare claims processing system. Sue also worked in Human Resources for CSC and was responsible for all employee development activities including new hire orientation, new manager orientation and leadership skill training. Sue is also certified to teach secondary education with endorsements in both Business Education and English.

Family: Married with 2 kids and 2 pugs named Charli and Clara Belle.

Favorites: Sue enjoys physical fitness, travel, cheering on her kids during their favorite activities and a good book.

Tina Weiss, CEBS

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Tina holds a BS in Finance from UConn and a Certified Employee Benefit Designation (CEBS) through the Wharton School of Business. She has enjoyed being in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years. Tina started her career with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and later joined a Third Party Administrator specializing in self-funded health plans and population health management. Tina plays an integral role with clients in developing strategic solutions to lower health care costs through outcome-based wellness programs, data analytics and captive programs.

Family: Married with 3 children & 2 rescue dogs (Chloe & Lola)

Favorites: Travel, yoga, watersports, hiking, reading & spending time with family

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