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Webcast: Innovative Strategies: Improve Employee Well-Being and Contain Healthcare Costs

March 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join our Webcast- for this insightful discussion between experienced leaders in employee benefits as they share innovative strategies for fostering a healthy workplace culture, improving employee well-being, and managing healthcare costs.

Explore successful programs, including medical literacy initiatives and onsite clinics, and gain actionable takeaways to enhance your organization’s well-being initiatives. Whether you’re an HR professional, benefits manager, or organizational leader, learn what you can do to create a healthier and cost-effective workplace.

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Program Overview: 

11:00am – 11:05am CT Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Melina Kambitsi Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Marketing, The Alliance
11:05am – 11:55am CT Panel Discussion

  • Michelle Golden, Executive Director of Human Resources & Public Relations – Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District
  • Jennifer Pagels, Vice President of Human Resources – AprilAire
  • John Stephens, Chief Strategy Officer– WPS Health Solutions
11:55am – 12:00pm CT Closing Remarks

  • Melina Kambitsi Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Marketing, The Alliance

This event has been approved for CE credit by HRCI and SHRM. CE Credit for Brokers is not available for this webcast.

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®

Claim CE Credit: To request SHRM & HRCI CE credit, email events@the-alliance.org.

The system must record you actively viewing the course in its entirety in order for you to be eligible to claim CE credit for this course. Failure to view the entire telecourse (as noted in the start and end times listed on this page) will result in a denial of CE credits for this course.


John Stephens

Chief Strategy Officer , WPS Health Solutions

John Stephens is the Chief Strategy Officer at WPS, responsible for the strategy and people teams (which include HR, Benefits, Communications and DEI), and he also now leads WPS’ health insurance business, comprised of ASO/Self-Funded business, group risk, individual, Family Care (a Wisconsin Medicaid adjacent program), and Medicare Supplement.

John joined WPS in 2013, bringing expertise in strategic planning, business growth, and health care business model innovation. He is a community board member for the Wisconsin Chapter of JDRF, board member of WPS subsidiaries Epic and WPS Health plan, and was a past board member of Aspirus Arise Health Plan.

He earned a degree in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jennifer Pagels

Vice President of Human Resources, AprilAire

Jennifer Pagels is Vice President of Human Resources for AprilAire, where she provides executive-level leadership and guidance to the organization’s HR operations. She has 20+ years of experience in consumer products and manufacturing organizations, implementing programs to help drive engagement, attract and retain talent, and deliver on the company’s key business initiatives. Jennifer is also a former Board Member for The Alliance.

Michelle Golden

Executive Director of Human Resources & Public Relations, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District

Michelle Golden is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Public Relations for the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. She and her team opened an onsite DPC using ReforMedicine, in July 2017. Since then, the district has saved over $18 million dollars in health insurance costs. The cost savings have gone into staff compensation.

Melina Kambitsi, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Marketing, The Alliance

Dr. Melina Kambitsi joined The Alliance in 2017 and leads the teams responsible for membership growth and retention. 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. Dr. Kambitsi currently serves on National CooperativeRx’s Board of Directors.


March 19
11:00 am - 12:00 pm