Staff Bios

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Meet the ERIC Staff

Annette Guarisco Fildes

President & CEO

 

Annette Guarisco Fildes is President and CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), where she has responsibility for the association's legislative, regulatory, and educational mission.  ERIC is the only national association advocating solely for the employee benefit and compensation interests of America’s largest employers.

Annette is a strategic public policy and political counselor with more than 30 years of government affairs experience involving complex legislative and regulatory matters in the U.S. and abroad. 

Annette was a member of the senior executive team at General Motors performing key roles over more than ten years, including responsibility for federal legislative affairs and political and grassroots advocacy at the federal, state and international levels.  Annette served as risk officer for GM Global Public Policy and advised the GM Board of Directors on global public policy.  

Annette was also an executive with Honeywell International government affairs and served as counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott and at the law firm of Dewey Ballantine.  She began her legal career at the Internal Revenue Service in the Office of Chief Counsel.  Most recently, Annette was Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, leading communications and government affairs efforts. 

Annette has a B.B.A. in Finance and a law degree from Hofstra University, as well as a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.   She authored “Employer’s Guide to Fringe Benefits” with Mary B. Hevener and numerous articles in legal and policy publications.  

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James Gelfand

Senior Vice President, Health Policy

 

James Gelfand joined ERIC in April 2016 as Senior Vice President, Health Policy. He works with ERIC members to develop and advance public policies to support their ability to design and administer health plans, including legislative and regulatory advocacy. 

James has broad experience across the health care policy spectrum, including insurance, coverage, quality, reimbursement, innovation, benefits, government programs, and many other related issues. He has served as a member of numerous quality and coverage groups, on the steering committee of various coalitions, and as a featured speaker at many conferences, panels, and summits. James has significant media experience, having been featured in numerous television programs, major publications, and widely listened-to radio shows.

James comes to ERIC after leading a number of successful legislative initiatives as Director of Federal Affairs at the March of Dimes Foundation. Prior to this, he served as Associate Project Director for Luntz Global Partners, where he helped spearhead the firm’s political practice during the 2014 election. He also worked for four years on Capitol Hill, serving as counsel to Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, and to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee, covering health care and other Senate Finance Committee issues.

James served four years as a lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he directed the trade association’s health policy team throughout the health reform process. Prior to that, he was a lobbyist for ERIC, where he assisted in building a number of successful initiatives that are ongoing today.

James earned his J.D. at George Washington University Law School, and his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies at Northwestern University.

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Will Hansen

Senior Vice President, Retirement Policy

 

Will Hansen is the Senior Vice President of Retirement Policy for The ERISA Industry Committee. Will is leading ERIC’s efforts to develop and advocate for retirement and compensation public policies priorities for ERIC member companies.

Will joined ERIC from the Holland America Group where he served as Senior Manager of Global Employee Benefits overseeing employee benefit programs for five cruise brands under the Carnival Corporate umbrella. Prior to joining Holland America, he was the Manager of Global Employee Benefits at Princess Cruises.

Will also served as the Executive Director of the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee, as well as Legislative Counsel for Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), advising the Senator on tax, pension, budget, and social security issues as well as the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank Financial Reform, and the Payroll Tax Conference of 2012, and as Legislative Director for Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). As an employee benefits attorney with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Will supported the litigation department on ERISA cases, including the unanimous Supreme Court decision in Beck v. Pace International Union.

Will received his law degree and LL.M. in Employee Benefits from The John Marshall Law School and his undergraduate degree from Murray State University.

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Allison Wils

Executive Director, State Programs
Senior Director, Health Policy

 

Allison Wils is the Executive Director of State Programs and the Senior Director of Health Policy for The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC). She is responsible for ERIC’s State Mandate Action Program and ERIC's Telemedicine Task Force. Allison also monitors other federal and state activities impacting health benefits.

Prior to joining ERIC, Allison specialized in health policy reform and implementation efforts at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), focusing primarily on insurance exchanges. Before joining NASHP, Allison worked on the operations and policy teams of Oregon’s health insurance exchange. Additionally, Allison has legal and regulatory experience working with state regulatory boards at the Oregon Department of Justice.

Allison holds a JD from Willamette University College of Law, where she initiated a program in health law and policy and was awarded the college’s first-ever Certificate in Law and Government with an Emphasis in Health Law and Policy. She also earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and the Roy Lockenour Award for Professional Responsibility from the law school, and her BA at Willamette University.

Allison is an active member of the Young Professionals Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C. where she serves as a community ambassador for the program, connecting members with additional volunteer opportunities and fundraising to support and advance ACS’s mission.

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Kelly Broadway

Director, Communications
 

Kelly Broadway is the Director of Communications. She is responsible for setting and guiding ERIC’s strategy for all communications, website, and public relations outreach. All press inquiries should be directed to Kelly at kbroadway@eric.org.

Prior to joining ERIC, Kelly served as the spokesperson and Communications Specialist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). She has also worked as a television news producer. In 2006, she received an Emmy award for her coverage of deadly tornadoes that swept through middle Tennessee.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

 

Deborah Chin

Senior Vice President, Strategic Development & CAO


 

Deborah Chin is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Development. She is responsible for member experience, recruitment, and retention efforts. Deborah is also the Treasurer of The ERISA Industry Committee PAC and is a member of ERIC’s senior management team.

Deborah previously served as the Vice President, Administration for ERIC. She is responsible for ERIC’s business operations, finances, and membership services.

She was Director, Registration & Housing for The Direct Marketing Association. She has also served as Director of Administration and Editor, Search Connection at the Association of Executive Search Consultants.

Deborah is active member of the American Society of Association Executives and has served as chair of the CAE Community Outreach Committee of ASAE. She was a content leader and facilitator at ASAE’s CAE Immersion Course. She has mentored candidates for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) examination and written CAE preparation materials.

Deborah’s past community service includes serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bay Theatre Company, running community blood drives, and serving as a Eucharistic minister at her church.

Deborah is currently an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program scholar (Class of 2014-2016). She earned her CAE designation in May 2008. She is also a member of the Association of Government Relations Professionals.

 

Tani Linville

Coordinator, Membership Engagement
 

 

Tani Linville joined ERIC in August 2016 as the Membership Engagement Coordinator. In her role, Tani is responsible for supporting ERIC’s membership retention, recruitment and communications efforts, and improving the ERIC membership experience.

Prior to joining ERIC, she participated in the Koch Internship Program as an Education Policy Intern at the American Legislative Exchange Council. Tani contributed to the “2016 Report Card on American Education” and conducted research on K-12 and post-secondary education.

While studying at Cedarville University, Tani worked as a research assistant for the Department of History and Government.