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Group Benefits Strategies has assembled an outstanding team of group health benefits professionals to assist our 200 municipal clients. Our results-oriented team brings a variety of skills, training, and experience to help our clients with solutions to the challenges of escalating group health care costs.

Kate Sharry, LIA
Owner and President

Starting her career at GBS in 1993, Kate began as administrative assistant and proudly worked her way through each department, learning each aspect of the business. After purchasing GBS from her father, Jack Sharry, who was owner of the company from 1989 until 2012, she honored to keep the family business successful and reputable. Kate has 'grown up' in the industry and has transitioned her role from employee to President and owner of Group Benefits Strategies. Kate manages the day to day operation of GBS to ensure maximum performance and client satisfaction. Kate maintains close relationships with representative from carriers, TPAs, wellness companies, etc. to follow trends and explore new options for saving for clients. She provides direct service for GBS clients, navigating the way through changing mandates, requirements and legislation, both at the state and federal level.

Since 1993, Kate Sharry has specialized and trained employees in the areas of central benefits administration, enrollment and eligibility, COBRA administration, Medicare Part D RDS administration and ERRP management.

Kate serves on Worcester Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Planting the Seed Foundations Board of Directors, as well as several committees in the central Mass area. She is a Massachusetts Licensed Advisor for Health Insurance.

John R. Sharry, HIA
Past President

Jack Sharry is the former president of Group Benefits Strategies. Jack's approach to group health care issues draws from a blend of his private and public sector experience. His experience with benefit administration, labor relations, contract negotiations and plan design provides him with a strong working knowledge of what solutions and strategies have had the greatest successes. Jack has also held public office serving as a Worcester Massachusetts County Commissioner from 1983 through 1996. This service provides him the advantage of viewing issues from both a private and public sector perspectives.

Jack understands the unique aspects of group health care issues that face the public sector. Providing direct account service for Group Benefits Strategies, his strong interpersonal skills together with his technical expertise have made him an invaluable asset in bringing various municipal factions together to work on solutions to the myriad of issues surrounding group health care.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University. He has also graduated from the Institute of Industrial Relations and Labor Management at Holy Cross College. Jack has been designated a Health Insurance Associate (HIA) having completed five comprehensive courses offered by the Health Insurance Association of America. This designation is well recognized as an indicator of technical and socioeconomic knowledge of the health insurance industry.

Carol Cormier, MHA, LIA
Vice President

Carol Cormier has served as Vice President of Group Benefits Strategies since 1993. She is the consultant and program manager to 4 of Massachusetts' municipal joint purchase groups covering more than 70,000 lives. In this role she has served as an advisor to more than 120 towns, school districts and other municipal entities.

Carol was formerly the Executive Director of Worcester Area Systems for Affordable Health Care (WASAHC), a national demonstration project funded by a large grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. WASAHC was a coalition of employers, labor, health plans, hospitals and physicians implementing strategies to control health care costs and promote systems for monitoring and improving quality of care. Carol has also served as consulting director to the Central Massachusetts Business Group on Health and as a former member of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Health Care Task Force. She has been an invited speaker at conferences on health benefits in Massachusetts and nationally. She has co-authored journal articles on health care cost containment.

Carol Cormier holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Clark University/University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She has worked in health benefits and health consulting since 1983. Carol is a Mass. Licensed Insurance Advisor. Carol also served two terms on the Town of Shrewsbury School Committee.

     
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