December 2014
EBPA Newsletter
Greater Kansas City Employee Benefit Professionals Association
Quick Links


Upcoming Events



December 4, 2014


Holiday Reception



13500 Nall Ave, Leawood 





EBPA logo


EBPA 2014
Board of Directors

Pres *      Andie Dowell
VP *        Denise Lambert
Sec/Tr *  Tracy Johnson
Editor      James Winne
Seminar   Stacy Wells
Social      open
Legis       Lauren Schultz
Mbrshp    Amy Angotti
Bylaws     Stacy Rath
Pub Rels   Drew Burns
Pres Emeritus*Judy Wood

Past Presidents
    1987-88    Vince Peyton
    1989    David J. Kiblen
    1990    Sandra Ruder
    1991    Pat Bolin
    1992    Timothy Dorr
    1993    Jim Walter
    1994    Jan Lyon
               Jack Lowry
    1995    Jim Wolf
    1996    Mark Whiting
    1997    Bill Brown
    1998    Marlene Riley
    1999    Bob Mulvaney
    2000    Marian Govreau
    2001    Dale Johnson
    2002    Denise Koch
    2003    Bill Egelhoff
    2004    Andy Carter, Jr.
    2005    Kevin Bur
    2006    Scott Mitchell
    2007    Susan Young
    2008    Brenda Beachey
    2009    Michelle Ohlde
    2010    Ramona Farris
    2011    Dawn DeCelles
    2012    Matt Tritz
    2013    Judy Wood
* denotes an Executive Committee member

The EBPA Newsletter is published quarterly by EBPA. Items should be submitted to the editor, James Winne, Tria Health, 7101 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210, 913-262-2187,

The opinions expressed in the Newsletter are those of the writers and not necessarily those of EBPA.

2014  Greater Kansas City Employee Benefit Professionals Association, P.O. Box 40071, Overland Park, KS 66204-0971.

Your December 2014 issue of the EBPA Newsletter may be found below. We hope you will like this new approach.
President's Message
By Andie Dowell, President

Happy Holidays EBPA!

On behalf of the entire board, I would like to thank each of you for a great 2014! We realize that time is a huge commodity these days and we appreciate the fact that you have carved out a few hours of your time to support this organization. I would also like to thank the 2014 board members for their focus and dedication in delivering quality programs that allow our members to maintain education requirements while networking with their peers.

We look forward to welcoming new board members to the 2015 slate and with your continued membership support, I have no doubt that the new year will offer engaging networking and continuing education opportunities again next year. Please remember to renew your membership in January and plan to attend all of the EBPA events in 2015.

The last event of 2015 will be a Holiday Reception at Pinstripes this Thursday from 3 - 5:30pm. Sandra Sabanske and the rest of the board have a great event planned with an informative update on the Employer Shared Responsibility followed by great food and drinks and great holiday fun! We will also be presenting a check to the selected charity, Head for the Cure, on Thursday afternoon.  

Your support is critical to the success of these larger events and it will be a great opportunity to kick off the holiday season with friends and colleagues. We hope to see each of you there, so please remember to RSVP right away.

Wishing each of you the best throughout the holiday season!

Andie Dowell

Employer Shared Responsibility 
December 4 
3 PM - 5:30 PM
Pinstripes, 13500 Nall Ave 

We begin at 3 PM with food and drinks, followed by a one hour CE program. Then we move on to bowling ad bocce ball -- fun for all!

Our speaker is Natalie M. Schumann, J.D., Business Compliance Consultant, Mid-America Region for Aetna. She will discuss the February 10, 2014 Regulations, transitional relief for non-calendar year plans, reporting requirements, the individual mandate, and the coverage gap, as well as other aspects of the employer shared responsibility provision.

Limited space remains, so be sure to sign up now!
Register here
2015 Slate for EBPA Board of Directors       

Ballots will be distributed at the December 4th meeting for next year's board of directors.  The slate being proposed is listed below:


President - Denise Lambert, Saint Luke's Health System

Vice Pres - Tracy Johnson, Preferred Health Professionals

Secy/Trs - Melissa Henrich, Hays Companies  



They will be joined by the following chairs:


Membership      - Jenny Gilmore, Holmes Murphy

Public Relations - Jim Winne, Tria Health

Seminar            - Stacy Wells, Meritain Health

Legislative         - Laurie Stowe, MedTrak Services

Bylaws              - Amy Angottio-Bilbo, Kansas City Life

Social Co-chairs - Joan Carter, Meritain Health

                           Matt Baki, Tria Health


Pres Emeritus    - Andie Dowell, HealthyFit 

Happy Holidays
from the EBPA Board