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EBIA’s panel of webinar instructors includes:

 
  • Katherine J. Alexander. Kay is an attorney and is currently Specialty Content Lead for the Tax Professional editorial group at Thomson Reuters. Before joining Thomson Reuters/EBIA, Kay practiced law for 19 years in the employee benefits area. She was a Partner in the Seattle law firm of Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland. Kay received her law degree in 1984 from the University of Washington, where she was a member of the editorial staff of the Washington Law Review.
  • John L. Barlament. John is an attorney and Partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, where he advises employers, administrators, brokers, and benefit consultants on all aspects of employee benefits law. John received his J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law in 1997. He is a contributing author of EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security and Consumer-Driven Health Care manuals.
  • Jeff Belfiglio. Jeff is an attorney and a Partner in the Bellevue, Washington office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focusing his practice in the employee benefits field. Jeff received his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1982, and was awarded the Order of the Coif. He is a contributing author of EBIA’s Cafeteria Plans manual.
  • Howard D. Bye-Torre. Howard is an attorney with Stoel Rives LLP in Seattle. He has practiced employee benefits law for more than 25 years. He served on the editorial board of the ABA’s The Health Lawyer for more than a decade and is a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He graduated with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law and Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Howard is a former editor and contributing author of EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security manual, and is currently a contributing author of EBIA’s Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates and Employee Benefits for Domestic Partners manuals and a contributor to EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans manual.
  • Sharon R. Cohen. Sharon is an attorney and a Principal in the Knowledge Resources group of Conduent, where she monitors and reports on welfare benefit plan developments for consultants and clients. She serves on the ECFC Technical Advisory Committee and previously worked in the IRS Chief Counsel’s office responsible for cafeteria plan issues. Ms. Cohen received her law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1990. She is a contributing author of EBIA’s Cafeteria Plans manual.
  • Melanie K. Curtice. Melanie is an attorney and a Partner with Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. She received her J.D. degree in 1998 from Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, and was executive articles editor of the Seattle University Law Review. Melanie is a contributor to EBIA’s Consumer-Driven Health Care manual.
  • Jody L. Dietel. Jody holds ACFCI and CAS designations. She is the Chief Compliance Officer for WageWorks and SVP, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs for HealthEquity, Inc. She holds leadership positions on several industry boards, including the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC), the HSA Council of the American Bankers Association (ABA), the American Benefits Council, and the Special Interest Group for IIAS Standards (SIGIS). Jody has a B.A. in psychology from Bethel University (MN), and holds several industry certifications recognizing her proven expertise in consumer-directed benefits and COBRA, including the ACFCI and CAS through the Flexible Compensation Institute and ABA’s HSAe.
  • Andrew Ky Haynes. Andy is an attorney and Director of Haynes Benefits PC, an employee benefits and human resources law firm in Kansas City, Missouri. Andy is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and has served as Chairman of the Missouri Bar Employee Benefits Committee and the Missouri Department of Insurance Liaison Committee. He received his J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law, where he was Research Editor of the Emory Law Journal. Andy is a contributing author of EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security and Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates manuals.
  • John R. Hickman. John is an attorney and a Partner in the Employee Benefits Practice Group with Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, where he heads the firm’s Health Benefits Group. He is a member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White 2011), and serves as chair of the ECFC Technical Advisory Committee. John received his J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 1989. He is a contributing author of EBIA’s Cafeteria PlansConsumer-Driven Health Care, and Health Care Reform manuals, and a contributor to EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security manual.
  • Darcy L. Hitesman. Darcy is an attorney and a Principal Shareholder and Director of Hitesman & Wold P.A. in Minneapolis. She is a frequent speaker on welfare benefit plan issues, and serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC). Darcy received her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School cum laude in 1987 and graduated summa cum laude from Coe College in Iowa in 1984. Darcy is a contributing author of EBIA’s ERISA Compliance manual, and a contributor to EBIA’s Group Health Plans: Federal Mandates and EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans manuals.
  • Jeffrey W. Knapp. Jeff is an attorney and an EBIA Senior Editor at Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Jeff practiced employee benefits law for 16 years. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989, where he was an editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Jeff is the editor and a contributing author of EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security manual and EBIA’s Form 1094/1095 Workbook for Employers and Advisors.
  • Jason P. Lacey. Jason is an attorney and partner with Foulston Siefkin LLP in Wichita, Kansas. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employee Benefits Law and is member of the American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits. Jason received his law degree from the University of Kansas in 2000 and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 2001. He is a contributing author of EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans and Health Care Reform manuals and EBIA’s Form 1094/1095 Workbook for Employers and Advisors.
  • Melanie D. Shaw. Melanie is an attorney and a Senior Editor at Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she practiced employee benefits law for over 15 years, advising employers on ERISA and tax compliance matters for health and welfare and retirement plans. Melanie graduated with honors in 1995 from the Florida State University College of Law where she was an editor for the Florida State University Law Review. She is the editor and a contributing author of EBIA’s COBRA and Group Health Plan Mandates manuals and EBIA’s Employee Benefits for Domestic Partners.
  • Deirdre C. Thomas. Deirdre is an attorney and an EBIA Senior Editor at Thomson Reuters. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Deirdre practiced employee benefits law for 13 years, advising employers on ERISA and tax compliance matters for all types of employee benefit plans. She received her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law in 1992. Deirdre is the editor and a contributing author of EBIA’s ERISA Compliance manual and a contributing author of EBIA’s Self-Insured Health Plans manual.
  • Christy A. Tinnes. Christy is an attorney and a Principal with the Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C. She has over 20 years of experience advising employer group health plans, health insurers, and service providers on ERISA, HIPAA, and ACA issues. Christy received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1998, where she wrote for the South Carolina Law Review. Christy is a contributing author of EBIA’s Health Care Reform for Employers and Advisors manual.


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