Meet the Gallagher Student Health Team

President

Peter Finney is the President for Arthur J. Gallagher's Student Health & Special Risk practice (GSH). As the President, Peter is accountable for all aspects of the business, including sales, account management, operations, finance, HR and compliance. He is also the primary relationship-holder for all key carrier agreements and third-party solution partnerships. Peter started his career with A. J. Gallagher in 2014 as the GSH Chief Operating Officer, before assuming the role of GSH President in July of 2016.

Peter is a career healthcare executive with extensive experience in healthcare operations. His expertise is client relationship management, with a focus on business services support in the payer industry. Working in both the private and government sectors, Peter has led the delivery of healthcare services for regional and large health insurance clients, including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Cigna. In government, Peter served as the Deputy Operations Director for Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth). Prior to that, Peter was a Physician Practice Manager in both the pediatrics and ob-gyn practices at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Peter started his career in healthcare as a Sales and Account Executive with the New Hampshire-based Matthew Thornton Health Plan (now Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield), directing renewals and new business for the health plan's key client accounts. He has a lifetime of leadership experience, including nearly 30 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy, a Masters of Business Administration degree with a letter in Healthcare Management from Boston University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. Peter and his family live in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Senior Vice President, Student Health Practice

Martha joined Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk as Vice President of Sales, responsible for growth, retention and increasing value to our college and university clients throughout the country. Martha and her team of experienced professionals work closely with finance, risk managers, health services and student affairs in developing best-in-class solutions for managing on-campus student health insurance programs. Critical to our team's success, Martha maintains relationships with insurance carriers, claims administrators and other ancillary vendors to ensure our clients have access to the most comprehensive suite of student health products and services.

Prior to joining Gallagher Student Health, Martha worked for more than 20 years in employee benefits and held various sales and marketing leadership roles at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, one of the nation's top ranked health plans. Martha managed multiple lines of business including national accounts, Medicare, individual products and student health. Martha worked closely with State and Federal agencies in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the launch of the public marketplace and private exchanges.

Senior Vice President, Sports & Special Risk Practice

Dan Buckley currently serves as the Division Vice President at Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, overseeing all of Gallagher Student's Sports & Special Risk accounts as well as assisting the Division President with strategic planning and growth for the company. Having previously served as Assistant Vice President and Senior Account Executive for Sports & Special Risk products, Dan remains dedicated to assisting his client schools in all aspects of their insurance programs including: policy renewal and general administration, and also works with his clients to train College and University personnel on the policy procedures and guidelines.

Competing as a Division I wrestler during college, Dan is well-versed in collegiate sports, sports injuries, and sports insurance.

Since Dan joined Gallagher Student, the Sports and Special Risk department has grown from just over a dozen clients to more than 150 Sports & Special Risk Programs. Dan's efforts working with his team towards streamlining the claims process for his clients have made Gallagher Student an industry leader on all lines of sports and special risk insurance. Gallagher Student's Sports and Special Risk team prides itself on easing the administrative burden for their clients by taking over many of the "paperwork" processes that athletic trainers and Athletic Business Managers have previously had to do themselves. In this way, our Sports & Special Risk Department makes the administration of the sports and special risk policies as efficient as possible.

Vice President, Global Practice

Dean joined Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk in 2011 as the Special Products Account Executive. Prior to working at Gallagher Student, Dean worked for Liberty Mutual as an Account Executive, where he specialized in auto, home, and life insurance. Dean's experience as an Account Executive in the insurance industry has been beneficial to his role at Gallagher Student.

Dean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics & Finance from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. During his tenure at Bentley University, Dean was a pitcher for the NCAA Division II Bentley University baseball team of the Northeast-10 Conference.

Senior Vice President, Account Management

Michele Bergonzi began her health care career in the early HMO days, being one of the initial employees hired for a start-up Individual Practice Association HMO in eastern Massachusetts which provided tremendous opportunity and experience. Ten successful years later, Michele left this company and her position as Regional Sales Manager to pursue an MBA. Remaining in healthcare, Michele joined Neighborhood Health Plan, an inner-city community health center based health plan primarily serving the Medicaid market as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Michele then enhanced her health care experience by holding marketing and sales positions in group long term care and workers compensation and at a data warehouse management company.

As Senior Vice President of Account Manager for Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, Michele works directly with Teresa Koster, Division President to provide account management services and client support for Gallagher Student's key clients. Michele draws from her vast and varied experiences to develop the company's overall account management and implementation strategies to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction. Michele works with the Client Service Team to train and mentor the team to ensure consistency in the services provided to clients.

Ms. Bergonzi career in managed care and health care expands to 30+ years, with more than 15 years of experience directly involved in student health insurance. Ms. Bergonzi brings to Gallagher Student a range of experiences in diverse market segments with diverse clients and focuses her efforts on plan implementation and ongoing client management.

Director of Finance

Scott joined Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk in 2009 and works as the company's Controller and head of the Finance Department. Scott comes to Gallagher Student from Citizens Capital, where he was the Chief Financial Officer and worked for 8 years. Prior to his work at Citizens Capital, Scott worked in accounting and finance positions at Citizens Bank, State Street Bank, and Investors Bank & Trust. He has a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Nichols College. Scott is also a Certified Treasury Professional.

Scott and his team manage the billing, contracting, auditing, budgeting, corporate reporting and human resources functions for Gallagher Student.

Director of Information Technology

As the Director of Information Technology, John is responsible for all aspects of Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk's information technology, including management of the website gallagherstudent.com and the nearly 200 customized student portals and micro-sites that support Gallagher's higher education clients. John and his team are responsible for development and support of the division's proprietary customer support systems that facilitate online enrollment, waiver, and world class tools to provide plan administration and customer support to our clients and students.

John has always enjoyed exploring innovative ways to use the Internet and new technologies. Before joining Gallagher Student Health, he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. John oversaw 120 IT professionals and was responsible for providing technology and security solutions for the executives, affiliates and employees of that 42,000-person organization. In his previous position with the State, John served as the Deputy CTO for the Department of Transportation. In both roles, John provided the technical vision and IT roadmap to deliver critical infrastructure and IT solutions to a broad array of stakeholders and constituents.

Prior to his work in state government, John spent 17 years as an IT and Technology Leader with Goldman Sachs and Company (GS). During his tenure with GS, John held several different leadership roles, assisting the Boston office and other world-wide GS locations with their infrastructure and technology needs. In his most recent GS role, John was the Technology Manager for the Acquisition and Divestitures Division with oversight of the GS Re-insurance Division, Financial Technology and Trading Software, Mainframe Services and GS Administrative Services.

Vice President, Account Services

Sheryl joined Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk as Director of Account Management, working directly with the Client Service team to provide account management and client support for key clients.

Prior to joining Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, Sheryl spent over 20 years in the health insurance industry, holding various leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, one of the nation's top ranked health plans. Sheryl has managed multiple lines of business including accounts of all sizes and complexities, and has extensive leadership experience in Training and Development, Quality Assurance, as well as Customer Service and Operations Management.

Vice President, Business Services

Jonathan joined Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk in 2008. He brings over 20 years experience in health insurance and customer service operations working for companies like Tufts Associated Health Plan, Perot Systems / Harvard Pilgrim, Partners Healthcare, and the Cross Country Group. Most recently, Jonathan was the President of Lamoureux Healthcare Solutions where he sold, implemented, and managed claims processing solutions located in Hyderabad, India. In addition, Jonathan holds a B.S. in Business Management and graduated Magna Cum laude from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.

In his position Jonathan assists in management of strategic initiatives, operations and implementation of policies and procedures. He sets goals to support the company's growth objectives and establishes best practices, monitors staff production and development, and evaluates results to ensure that departmental /organizational objectives and operating requirements are met.

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

As the Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Julie Fobert draws from her 15+ years of experience in the Student Health Insurance industry to develop and maintain strong and successful partner relationships across all product lines. Working with the Division President, the Senior Vice President of Account Management and the Vice President of Student Health Sales, Julie ensures that Gallagher Student Health maintains a portfolio of the industry's best carrier and vendor partners in order to deliver innovative solutions to clients through a changing healthcare landscape.

Julie began her career with Koster Insurance Agency in 2003, and later played a key role in the transition of Koster Insurance to Arthur J. Gallagher. During her time with the organization, she has helped establish the Gallagher Student Health Marketing Department, managed university client accounts throughout the country, and has been responsible for new Student Health Insurance sales. Julie serves as an ambassador for Gallagher within the Student Health industry at many conferences and events, and has been an integral part of major company initiatives, including consortium purchasing arrangements, the implementation of ACA-compliant plans and waiver verification services. Most recently, Julie has been involved in Gallagher's expansion into enhanced behavioral health tools and other affinity products.

Julie received her Bachelor of the Arts degree from UMass Amherst, and remains a proud alumna of the Minuteman Marching Band.

Vice President, Student Health Practice

Lawrence joined the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk team in 2005. He is responsible for developing new business for college student accident and sickness programs for institutions across the country. Lawrence works closely with risk managers, health services and student affairs in developing opportunities to submit competitive proposals. He oversees relationships with the insurance underwriters, claims administrators and other vendors in the practice. He is responsible for new business growth as well as retention of his existing block of business. Additionally, Lawrence provides training and mentoring support to the Sale Team and other new members of Gallagher Student.

Prior to joining Gallagher Student, Lawrence worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA for just over seven years, holding positions in customer service and account management. He also held previous positions at Tufts Health Plan (a local HMO in Massachusetts) in large group sales and account management for eight years, managing self-insured employee benefit programs.

Account Executive, Student Health Practice

Scott joined the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk team as an Account Executive in 2018, and is responsible for managing student health insurance programs for current and prospective higher education accounts across the country. Scott ensures that all aspects of his clients' programs are managed proactively and efficiently, and maintains strong relationships with insurance underwriters, claims administrators and other vendors.

Before joining Gallagher, Scott worked for over 25 years in the health insurance industry, holding various positions in underwriting, product management and business development. Scott has also worked in regional and national roles as a technology sales executive and a health insurance consultant. Scott has a proven track record in leadership, and worked closely with State and Federal agencies in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Scott has a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science degree from Hobart College.

Account Executive, Student Health Practice

Lyndsay joined Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk as a new business development Account Executive, responsible for managing the Southern California territory. Her efforts are focused on managing accounts and developing prospects in the Southern California region.

Lyndsay has more than 11 years of health care experience and has held positions in Sales, Account Management, Product Development, and Customer Service throughout the span of her career. Prior to joining the Gallagher team, she worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield and athenaHealth. Lyndsay has a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science degree from Hobart College.

Account Executive, Student Health Practice

Tim joined Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk as an Account Executive, National Student Health Accounts, responsible for growth, retention and increasing value to our college and university clients throughout the country. Tim works closely with finance, risk managers, health services and student affairs in developing innovative solutions for managing on-campus student health insurance programs.

Prior to joining Gallagher Student Health, Tim worked in the health care industry for 15 years, including 6+ years of experience working with Student Health Plans. Working with multiple funding arrangements and ancillary products, Tim's background has been focused on a consultative approach and delivering innovative solutions to his clients. Tim has worked closely with underwriters and actuaries and understands rating methodology, enabling him to negotiate lower premiums and higher value for the client's insurance programs.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and was designated a Group Benefits Associate (GBA) from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Account Executive, Sports & Special Risk

Charlie Eisenbies currently serves as the Sports & Special Risk Account Executive at Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, working with current and potential client Colleges and Universities across the country. By coordinating with the support team in the Sports & Special Risk department, Charlie ensures that everything is taken care of from renewals to day-to-day management. He also maintains relationships with the insurance underwriters, claims administrators and other vendors within the practice. This, combined with an understanding of the client's needs and difficulties, allows the Gallagher team the ability to provide the right plan for each client.

Charlie graduated Clemson University with a degree in Business Management. From 2008-2010, he worked for Gallagher Koster as an intern in the role of Client Service Analyst during his time in college. This experience provided a solid background and understanding of the Gallagher portfolio, and the various processes within the organization. Before returning to Gallagher in 2014, Charlie had extensive account management experience as an Enterprise Account Executive at MRI Software and Ricoh Americas.

Account Executive, Sports & Special Risk

Kelly joined the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk team in May of 2014. She maintains regular contact with stakeholders such as college and university staff, medical professionals, insurance carriers, parents, and students; allowing her to educate and train her clients on policy procedures and guidelines, as well as address any and all unique needs that they may be facing. Although this is her first role in an insurance setting, she has quickly developed a comprehensive knowledge of this niche market, as she is a valued resource and consultant for Gallagher Student's clients. In her first year with the company, she began taking on more and more responsibilities, ranging from account management to the renewal of policies, as well as implementing new strategic procedures within the Sports & Special Risk department.

Kelly graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Sociology in 2012. During her time at Brandeis, she was not only a valued member of the Women's Basketball team (where she served as a two-year captain), but also was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Relay for Life Coordinator, and an Intramural Supervisor in the Athletics Department. After graduating from Brandeis, Kelly pursued and completed her M.A. in Sports Leadership at Northeastern University in 2014. Kelly's background in athletics allows her to be well-versed in the insurance-related needs of collegiate-level athletic departments, and enables her to tailor her communication skills to the educational needs of her client-specific audience.

  • Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
    500 Victory Road, Quincy, MA 02171
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