• - July, 2021

    Bio – Sara Grech

    Sara Grech is the Director of Talent at Schechter. She is responsible for devising Schechter’s talent strategy and for leading the execution of tactical programs with the objective of growing our team with extremely capable professionals and retaining our current talent base. She is also responsible for maintaining and enhancing Schechter’s Core Values.

    Sara has worked in Human Resources for 19 years and prior to joining Schechter, she spent 15 years as the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for an Insurance Services firm for a global conglomerate. Her specialties include employee relations, engagement, talent acquisition, and compensation. She also spent several years on the HR Advisory Committee for The Children’s Center in Downtown Detroit.

    Outside of work, Sara volunteers her time to facilitate classes for the VIRTUS program that focuses on educating adults on creating safe environments for children.

  • - October, 2018

    Bio – Sue Schneider

    As an Account Assistant at Schechter Benefits Advisors, Sue provides a wide variety of administrative support, from enrollment and terminations to claims, audits, preparing handbooks and election forms for our clients. She genuinely enjoys helping our clients in any way that she can.

    She most recently worked at BSI Corporate Benefits and Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle (now Gallagher); however, her benefits career goes back to 1978 at Maccabees Mutual! Safe to say, Sue is more than familiar with the industry.

    In Sue’s spare time she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her daughter Estrellita & son Nick. She also has two 4-legged kids, cats Louie and Nala, who are the only kids that live with her. On the weekends, she hangs out with family and friends, frequents estate sales, and sub sales in the warmer months. Sue adores being outside when the weather permits!

  • - May, 2016

    Deanna Eastman

    Deanna makes sure clients’ needs are met. She supports the Lead Account Managers when dealing with benefit enrollments, terminations, and changes.

    Prior to joining Schechter she worked in the finance industry, mainly banking for about 16 years, 12 years working in data entry at JPMorgan Chase bank.  She also has worked as an accounts receivable specialist with various companies for 5 years.

    Deanna is married with 4 wonderful kids and enjoys spending a lot of her free time with them.  Her hobbies are bike riding, music and she loves to crochet.

  • - May, 2016

    Lauren Olane

    As an account assistant at Schechter Benefits Advisors, Lauren Olane provides a wide variety of administrative support, from enrollment and terminations, to claims, audits, preparing handbooks and election forms for the clients. She genuinely enjoys helping our clients in any way she can.

    Prior to joining Schechter, she worked for a managing agent for BCBSM, in their New Business/Proposals department. Working directly with BCBS provided her with insight into how carriers work and gave her a strong background in Health Benefits, and rating and underwriting.  Prior to that, she was a Chef for 5 years.

    Lauren grew up in the Metro Detroit area and lived in Croatia for 3 years. She also worked at Disney World in Orlando for a year.  She currently lives in Madison Heights, and still enjoys cooking and traveling in her free time.

  • - July, 2015

    Bio – Angelika Merkle-Kempf

    Angelika ensures all client needs are being met by handling a variety of duties that support the Lead Account Managers and Rate Analysts, including the process of benefit enrollments, terminations and managing any changes for the clients.

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    Bio – Kelly Nicol

    Kelly Nicol started with Schechter 2003 on a temporary basis to defray the workload in the Individual Life Department. A few weeks later she was hired full time as an Administrative Assistant and later became a Client Service Advisor to handle high-end clients insurance service needs. Ms. Nicol oversaw the reorganization of the file system and change over to a new data base CRM, which helps maintain the growing customer base and life insurance policies.

    In her current role as a Rate Analyst Ms. Nicol obtains quotes, based on the client organization participation and needs and prepares client presentations which illustrate options in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability coverage.

  • - July, 2015

    Bio – Sharlene Ellard

    Sharlene joined the Schechter Benefits team in February 2012 to provide administrative support for the Lead Account Managers. She handles a variety of responsibilities and is heavily relied on for her efficiency and strong administrative skills.

    Prior to joining Schechter, Sharlene was an Administrative Underwriting Analyst, New Business Manager, Team Leader and Case Manager at Accuquote in Illinois. She is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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    Bio – Sheri Cwagenberg

    Sheri started with Schechter Benefits in October 2011 to provide administrative assistance to the SBA team.  She handles a variety of duties to support the Lead Account Managers including auditing client invoices, the preparation and distribution of benefit support materials for employer presentations and employee open enrollment meetings, assisting Rate Analysts in the client quoting process, and other internal support responsibilities.

    Sheri’s prior work experience was in the banking industry as a Product Manager of Fee Based and Small Business lines of business for a large regional bank.  Immediately prior to joining Schechter, she devoted her time to volunteering for a variety of school-related activities.  She is still an active volunteer in numerous organizations.  She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University.

  • - May, 2014

    Bio – Kelli VanSickle

    Kelli VanSickle oversees all of the accounting functions within the organization. She ensures that all generally accepted accounting procedures are practiced and maintained. Kelli efficiently and effectively adapts her department’s processes to the ever-changing and increasingly complex software and hardware issues that arise from time to time. As a result of her efforts, our clients and vendors experience the highest level of client service.

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    Bio – Tammy Leichtnam

    Tammy Leichtnam assists the accounting team in all aspects, including accounts payable and cash receipts.

    She also assists the Human Resources department manager with a myriad of tasks.

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