Giving You “Alliance Answers”

We all have big questions about health care and health benefits:

  • How can I encourage employees to get the care they need and avoid the care they don’t?
  • What’s the key to restraining health benefit costs while still recruiting the right talent?
  • Why does health care cost so much? And why is that cost so much more at Hospital A than Health System B?

As a member of The Alliance cooperative, you can rely on “Alliance Answers“ to your health benefit questions. That means your cooperative:

  • Puts our health benefit experts to work on the issues that impact your plan and your costs.
  • Uses data to offer insights on health care prices, usage and other cost drivers.
  • Seeks out opportunities to move the health care marketplace toward higher health care value, which means high quality health care for a fair price.
  • Expands our network geographically to meet your needs, as well as the needs of employers located on the outer edges of our service area who are frustrated by trying to change the market on their own.
  • Gives you access to national and regional experts for insights and tactics on pressing problems and emerging challenges.

Offering “Alliance Answers“ means we continually aim to answer your pressing question about health care benefits and effective health care purchasing strategies.

When we’re at our best, we answer before you even ask.

Best Regards,

Wendy Culver
Board Chair, The Alliance
Chief Human Resources Officer, Mead & Hunt, Madison, Wis.

The Alliance Board of Directors

Diana Clark

Diana Clark

Promega Corporation

Benefits Manager
Madison, Wis.

Wendy Culver

Wendy Culver

Mead & Hunt

Chief Human Resources Officer
Alliance Board Chair
Madison, Wis.

Mike Gronewold

Mike Gronewold

Fehr Graham – Engineering & Environmental

Rockford, Ill.

Lisa Henke

Lisa Henke

County of Walworth

Risk/Benefits Manager
Elkhorn, Wis.

Annette Mikula

Annette Mikula

Rock County

Human Resources Director
Janesville, Wis.

Brad Olm

Brad Olm

Gordon Flesch Company Inc.

Vice President of Human Resources
Alliance Board Immediate Past Chair
Madison, Wis.

Larry Pribyl

Larry Pribyl

Trachte Building Systems

Alliance Board Vice Chair
Sun Prairie, Wis.

Kyle Reading

Kyle Reading

Spuncast Inc.

Watertown, Wis.

Shirley Reif

Shirley Reif

Crest Foods Company Inc.

Secretary- Treasurer
Ashton, Ill.

“In 2017, I joined the Board of Directors because I enjoy giving back to my profession and find value in what The Alliance offers. I wanted to help grow this great organization.”


— Lisa Henke, CEBS, SHRM-CP, PHR, Risk/Benefits Manager at County of Walworth

“There is strength in numbers – in policy making as well as purchasing health care.”


— Karen Timberlake, principal at the Wisconsin offices of Michael Best Strategies

“Geographically, I like the way The Alliance is going in terms of coverage.”


— Pamela K. Appino, PHR, Director of Human Resources at Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.

“For every dollar spent on health care costs, $3 is lost in workplace productivity. Employees who are healthier, perform better and are happier. Therefore, employers need to invest in employee health.”


— Dr. Raymond Fabius, physician, population health expert and author

“As a coalition you have the power to identify high-value care and move your business to it. You will help your employees celebrate more birthdays.”


— Dr. Scott Conard, MD, Healthcare Strategist & Advisor at Converging Healthcare, LLC

The Alliance

Annual Report 2018

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