Human Resources Professional with ten plus years of experience with increasing responsibility in employee benefits, compensation, and human resources information systems planning, design and compliance.
Experience with Health & Welfare plans
HRIS design and utilization
Retirement Plans including cash balance pension plans, defined benefit and defined contribution plans
Employee Stock Option Plans
Acquisitions and due diligence
Increased employee participation by 13% in the hospitals 401(k) retirement plan.
Reduced overall administrative health costs 5% by consolidating services of vendors
Manager May 2008 to CurrentCohnReznick, LLC - Bethesda, MD
Manage the benefits, 401(k) retirement plans and HR Information System and associated policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations including FLSA, FMLA, and ERISA.
Project Lead for implementation of ADP Enterprise v5 system, benefits online enrollment application and database, Flex Spending and COBRA systems.
Writes and prepares communications of benefit programs to ensure employee's understanding.
Developed intranet site, new hire presentations and annual booklets.
Oversee & develop process improvements between Benefits and Payroll departments.
Serve as a subject matter expert to the Leadership team regarding the employee benefit plans.
Oversee the 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan including funding, compliance, discrimination testing, eligibility, vesting, distributions and annual audit.
Implemented a high deductible health plan with an H.S.A. that resulted in a high participation rate.
Reduced headcount in department saving one full time salary.
Streamlined accessibility of Summary Plan Descriptions by modeling documents for easy use on the Intranet.
Initiated 401(k) automation of enrollment, distribution and company match.
Received a company award acknowledging my ability to consistently adapt to a changing environment.
Benefits Manager July 2007 to April 2008Ferris, Baker Watts - Baltimore, MD
Acquired by Royal Bank of Canada in 2008 Administered all employee benefits including health and welfare plans, retirement plans 401(k)/employee stock ownership plan), and employee stock option program for approximately 900 employees operating in several states.
Analyzed and evaluated total compensation (compensation and benefits) program designs for market competitiveness.
Developed, implemented and administered policies and procedures to ensure compliance with IRS regulations, summary plan descriptions and plan contracts.
Managed external vendor relationships, worked with actuaries/auditors on plan compliance.
Benefits Manager August 2003 to July 2007Howard County General Hospital - Maryland
Developed, recommended and managed benefit programs for approximately 1200 benefit eligible, including union participation, employees.
Benefits include health and welfare plans, supplemental programs and one (1) defined benefit and one (1) defined contribution plan.
Trained, motivated and supervised staff of four (4) Benefit Coordinators.
Ensured compliance of benefit programs with all regulatory requirements including COBRA, FMLA, 5500's, PBGC, Summary Plan Descriptions, SAR's and Discrimination testing.
Conducted Human Resources and Benefits presentation during New Hire Orientation.
Organized annual open enrollment and benefits fair.
Presented new benefit plans/programs to Leadership team.
Revised and updated policies and procedures for administration of all benefits programs.
Managed and improved Workers Compensation process by automating claim processing.
Designated as the Human Resources HIPAA Privacy Officer, responsible for providing training to department.
Fully utilized internal HRIS database to perform functions that otherwise would have resulted in a $12,000 upgrade.
Implemented an online benefits enrollment program during the annual open enrollment, resulting in" going green" initiative, using secure electronic files, and coordination of systems to eliminate manual data input in HRIS/Payroll.
Senior Benefits Specialist April 1999 to July 2002Orion Power Holdings Inc Constellation Operating Services, Inc - Baltimore, Maryland
Bachelor of Science : Business Administration/FinanceTowson University - Towson, MarylandBusiness Administration/Finance
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
World at Work, IFEBP
World at Work Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) in progress & CEBS in progress
Acquisitions, administrative, ADP, automation, Benefits, contracts, database, due diligence, Employee Relations, HRIS, Human Resources, HR, information systems, Leadership, market, modeling, Enterprise v, Payroll, policies, presentations, Project Lead, upgrade