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Benefit Programs: How to Choose the Right Partners

April 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


A robust, high-quality health benefit program can give employers an edge in today’s competitive hiring market. Beyond attracting talent, an employer’s benefit program is a significant percentage of their budget, and the foundation of what helps employees, and their families stay healthy and productive. But it isn’t easy to pull together Brokers, TPAs, PBMs, and network partners.  In this session, you’ll learn what to look for when choosing benefit partners and hear first-hand from other employers about what they’re doing, what they’re getting from their benefit partners, and why it matters.

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Questions for Your Health Plan Partners

Program Overview:

10:00am – 10:05am CST Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Melina Kambitsi Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Marketing, The Alliance
10:05am – 11:25 am CST Panel Discussion
  • Led by Melina Kambitsi, Ph.D., The Alliance
  • Brian Adesso, Director of Business Services, Menasha Joint School District
  • Jeremy Ott, Vice President Health Insurance Economics, WPS Health Insurance
  • Mike Tomsyck, Vice President of Finance and Fleet Operations, Kolbe Window & Doors
11:25am – 11:30am CST Closing Remarks
  • Melina Kambitsi, Ph.D., The Alliance


This event has been approved for CE credit by HRCI, SHRM, and OCI. You must attend the entire webinar from 10:00AM to 11:30AM CT to receive CE credit through OCI.


The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.



The Alliance is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.



This event is approved by the WI Office of the Commissioner of Insurance for licensees under the course topic Principles of Accident and Health insurance.



Brian Adesso

Director of Business Services, Menasha Joint School District

Brian is the Director of Business Services for the Menasha Joint School District. He is responsible for the financial aspects of the district including transportation, food service and the building and grounds. Brian is currently WERMC Board President and on the WASBO Board of Directors. He was also instrumental in revolutionizing the Menasha Joint School District food service program.  After several years of research, Brian facilitated a partnership with Fork Farms which allows the school district to grow their own produce hydroponically.

Jeremy Ott

Vice President, Health Insurance Economics, WPS Health

Jeremy Ott has been with WPS since 2002 and has been in his current role as the Vice President, Health Insurance Economics since March 2016. In his current role, he oversees a cross-functional team that is focused on developing and implementing innovative strategies to lower the cost of healthcare and improve member experience.  His team delivers quality health and ancillary insurance to thousands of WPS and WPS Health Plan members. Prior to his current role, Jeremy has held positions in underwriting and sales giving him a unique perspective on healthcare.

Mike Tomsyck

Vice President of Finance and Fleet Operations, Kolbe Window & Doors

Mike Tomsyck joined Kolbe Windows and Doors, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors for residential and commercial markets, in 1992 to oversee all financial functions. Fleet Operations were added to his responsibilities in 2022. In addition, Mike was actively engaged with the Northcentral Health Care Alliance (NEHA) for 25 years. Serving as its President for almost 10 of those years. Mike has been instrumental in driving healthcare innovation in the North Central Wisconsin area.


Melina Kambitsi, Ph.D.

Senior VP, Business Development and Strategic Marketing, The Alliance

Melina Kambitsi, Ph.D. joined The Alliance in 2017 and leads the team responsible for membership growth and retention of the cooperative. Dr. Kambitsi comes to The Alliance from Network Health in Milwaukee and Menasha, Wisconsin where she was chief sales and strategy officer. In this role, she was responsible for sales and underwriting, strategic planning, product development and risk-based contract analytics. Previously, she was senior vice president of sales at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Honolulu, Hawaii and the vice president of sales, marketing and product development at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kambitsi received her bachelor’s in international studies and her master’s and doctorate degrees in economic geography at The Ohio State University. She speaks Greek fluently as well as four other languages (Spanish, French, Romanian and Russian).


April 13, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am