Our Team

Mark Fisher – President/Benefits Advisor

Mark Fisher - President, Founder & Senior Advisor

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Mark Fisher is the President and founder of Advanced Benefits and started the company from his basement 20 years ago.  Today he manages client relationships, oversees business operations, and is chief visionary for the company.  Mark combines his passion for people with his deep industry experience and knowledge to provide client partners with a trusted advisor in all matters of human capital management.ŸŸŸŸŸŸ

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 PPACA Certified

Licensed Life and Disability Producer in Idaho and WA

HRNNI President

Leadership CDA Graduate

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 Mark enjoys the great outdoors throughout the year while biking, camping and skiing, but is also a lover of home improvement projects.  With a firm handshake he has an interest in politics.  Mark spends time attending church and traveling as well.  Above all else, Mark’s greatest love is his family.

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Peter Marathas – Compliance Director

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Compliance Director Peter Marathas, Esq. received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, magna cum laude, his M.A. from Bradley University, summa cum laude, and his B.A. from Bradley University, cum laude. Before practicing law, Peter taught business and technical writing at the University of Illinois and Bradley University and was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. Peter’s expertise and extensive experience is in dealing with employee benefits, retirement plans, welfare plans, and executive compensation arrangements. He assists his clients with issues arising under the various laws and regulations governing these types of arrangements including ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, the IRS code and other federal and state laws. Peter has formed his own law firm, Marathas, Barrow and Weatherhead LLP. He has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the practice of employee benefits and compensation law

Stacy Barrow – Compliance Partner

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Compliance Partner Stacy Barrow, Esq. is an associate of BAN Compliance Director, Peter Marathas with Marathas, Barrow and Weatherhead LLP.  He uses a practical, business-focused approach to counsel his clients on complex employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Stacy has extensive technical knowledge and experience designing and implementing qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and equity and incentive programs that meet the numerous and intricate requirements of applicable federal and state law.

Stacy’s prior experience includes work as a compliance officer for an international insurance brokerage and risk management firm, and as an actuarial analyst for a Big 4 public accounting firm. Stacy’s past experience informs his legal approach of providing practical, business-minded advice to his clients.

Stacy has spoken to business groups across the country on all matters relating to employee benefits, including national health care reform. He also has published numerous articles on employee benefits and national health care reform matters.

Dr. Bruce Campbell – Chief of Health and Information Services

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Dr. Campbell serves as BAN’s Chief of Health and Informatics Services.

Bruce is a subject matter expert on population health management. Value-Based Plan Design, health informatics, health plan performance reporting, patient-centered medical home activities, and accountable care organizations.

Dr. ‘Campbell brings over 25 years of executive management and consulting experience in healthcare. He has held executive staff and operating positions in healthcare services companies, managed care plans, integrated delivery systems, medical groups, and healthcare information technology companies.

He has served as a Director on the Boards of several public and private health care companies. He was the Chair of the Audit Committee of a public company that provided disease management services to private health plans and operated Medicare Special Needs Plans.

Dr. Campbell also served as Chief Medical Officer for Aetna as well as Senior Vice President of Operations for several operating units and subsidiaries at Aetna Health Plans. As CMO he was responsible for all quality improvement, medical cost management, utilization and care improvement initiatives, HMO, URAC, and NCQA preparedness, the NCQA survey process; and was responsible for NCQA accreditation results.

Dr. Campbell completed his medical oncology fellowship and his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University Of Vermont. He earned a PhD from the University of Chicago, and a BA with highest honors from Williams College.

He has completed advanced courses in quality improvement, process engineering and statistics.

Dr. Campbell became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1980, and is a past member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the College of Healthcare Information Executives.

 

Chris Keim – VP of Operations/Benefits Advisor

Chris Keim – VP of Operations & Advisor

In one brief paragraph, what are your job duties at Advanced Benefits?

Chris manages client relationships and assists in day-to-day operations of the company.  He has a passion for client centered service and is committed to executing strategic plans for his clients and the firm alike. Chris was promoted to VP of Operations for his keen ability to manage people and resources in order to deliver exceptional value to our customers.

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Bachelors in Business Administration, Lewis Clark State College

PPACA Certified Professional

National Association of Health Underwriters 2013

President of Post Falls Rotary Club 2013

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Chris is an avid Seahawks, Mariners and Sonics fan, but he also like to get into the action himself.  He participates in marathons, triathlons, and mud runs throughout the Inland Northwest.  His favorite thing to do?  “Anything with my wife and 3 beautiful daughters!”

Favorite Quote

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” ― Tricia Cunningham

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

“Martin Luther King ,Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Franklin D Roosevelt, Mike Krzyzewski, Walter Payton, & John Wooden.”

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

 “Being a father is my greatest accomplishment.  I am proud of a lot of things in my life, but I’m proudest most of being a father and being there for my children.”

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Jéan-Paul Dupin – VP of Sales/Benefits Advisor

Jéan-Paul Dupin – VP of Sales & Retention & Sr. Advisor

In one brief paragraph, what are your job duties at Advanced Benefits?

Jean-Paul, more widely known as “JP”, has recently been promoted to the VP of Sales and Retention.  He oversees management of all large group clients while specializing in areas of alternative funding arrangements, underwriting analysis, project management, and ACA/Healthcare Reform. JP has been pioneering various Wellness Programs for area employers for over 15 years.

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 NAHU PPACA Certified

Past President and Board Member United Way of Kootenai County

Coeur d’Alene Leadership Class of 2012

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 JP is an athlete for all seasons.  He loves downhill skiing, motocross racing, Baja desert racing, camping, boating, and sharing the beauty that North Idaho offers with his children.  JP also has a longtime interest in saltwater aquarium husbandry & firearm safety & marksmanship.

Favorite Quote

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting, “WOW, what a ride!!!!”

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

Jesus Christ

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

 “Being a father to my kids!”

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Tracey Yost – Benefits Advisor

Tracey Yost - Benefits Advisor

In one brief paragraph, what are your job duties at Advanced Benefits?

As a Benefits Advisor, Tracey’s primary responsibility is to provide insight into current industry trends and strategies so his clients can position their companies to provide the best possible benefits package while concurrently looking out for the bottom line.  He is recognized by the National Association of Health Underwriters as a certified consultant on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with an emphasis on employer compliance.

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 General Business Studies: North Idaho College

National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) PPACA Certified

Continuing Industry Focused Education

Licensed in Idaho, Montana, Washington and Utah

Member, Registered Health Underwriters

Member, Benefits Advisor Network

Member, Silver Valley Economic Development Corp

Hobbies, Interests & Family

 Tracey loves wilderness expeditions.  He is an avid hunter and firearms enthusiast that does his own ammunition reloading.  He loves to golf, while discussing his favorite topics of history and political science.  Tracey has been married for 25 years and has 3 awesome children and two beautiful grandchildren.

Favorite Quote

“The Mountains are calling and I must go.”  Jack Muir 1800’s

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

James Yost

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

“My family.”

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Ashley Piaskowski – Marketing & Business Development Manager

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Ashley joined the team of professionals at Advanced Benefits as their Marketing and Business Development Mangager.  Working on teams that are known for quality and effective work is important to Ashley, making her a natural fit to join the Advanced Benefits Team. Ashley brings with her more than 15 years of experience in management, customer service, marketing and communication.

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Business Administrative Degree with a minor in Marketing

CDA 2030 Board of Directors, St. Vincent de Paul – Fashion Show Chair, Lady d’Alene Member, CDA Chamber Business Development Committee Member

Hobbies, Interests & Family

Ashley is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys running, cylcling and snowboarding. Ashley has raced in triathlons, half and full marathons throughout the Inland Northwest.  She also enjoys hiking and traveling.

Favorite Quote

“Don’t let anyone intimidate you without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

“My mother and grandmother. They are strong females who are unapologetic for being who they are while demonstrating what it means to be an impact on those around them.”

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

“Completing a full marathon at the Jack & Jill Downhill over Snoqualmie Pass. It was an incredible trail and experience that challenged me more than I have to date.”

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Anna McKahan – Account Specialist/Licensed Agent

Anna O’Neal – Client Service & Communications Specialist

In one brief paragraph, what are your job duties at Advanced Benefits?

For over eight years, Anna has been a part of the Advanced Benefits team.  With her current focus on Client Services and Small Group Sales, she is a main point of contact for assisting small businesses and organizations make sense of their health insurance benefits and services.  Anna also is the Communications Specialist and is constantly learning the most up to date information on how to update social media platforms, the company website, and client communications.

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Anna is a licensed agent for Life and Disability/Health insurance

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Anna is an active member at Farmgirlfit where she thrives in doing HIIT and Crossfit style workouts.  Anna has raced in triathlons and swimming events throughout the Inland Northwest.  She also enjoys camping, kayaking & paddleboarding.  Anna loves working on projects for her house, but also loves to travel anywhere! She is recently married to the love of her life Chris and they have a playful pup named Achilles together.

Favorite Quote

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

“My parents have been great examples of love and leadership in my life. They have shown me how to be a strong woman of integrity and class.”

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

 “My fitness journey over the last few years has been great for my overall life. I’ve raced many races including swims, triathlons and runs. The biggest physical feat I completed was the Spartan Race in Montana in 2015. It’s also where I got engaged at the finish line. So I would narrow that down to fitness and marrying the love of my life are my greatest accomplishments!”

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Jessica Bonar – Account Specialist/Licensed Agent

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Jessica specializes in employee benefits education and meetings. She works to help employees understand the investment their employer makes in the benefits offered while giving a comprehensive overview of the entire benefits package offered. Her favorite part of the job is helping clients to resolve their questions and concerns.  She loves to “Nancy Drew” the problem, and then enacts a speedy solution.

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Jessica is a licensed agent for Life and Disability/Health insurance

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The whole Bonar family loves going to the mountain in the wintertime.  After snowboarding for 4 years Jessica taught herself how to ski so that she could teach her then 3 year old how to ski.  She works hard to stay “one lesson ahead of him” as her oldest son is “way out of my league he is so good”.  She loves going fishing, tubing and wake-boarding.  Jessica also has a newfound love for floating the river!

Favorite Quote

“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.”  Psalm 25:15

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

“My parents.  They have been leaders, mentors, friends, supporters, disciplinarians, cheerleaders, and shoulders to cry on.  They showed me how to struggle with grace and succeed with poise.  They showed me what ‘in sickness and in health’ means.  They showed me how to be a good person.  They gave me a moral compass.  They have never given up on me.  I learn from them daily.”

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

 “My family is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.  But it is not so much an accomplishment as it is a blessing from God.  My loving husband and my two amazing sons are the best thing in my life.  If I had nothing else, it would be okay, for they are everything to me.”

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Arwyn La Bolle – Account Specialist/Licensed Agent

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In one brief paragraph, what are your job duties at Advanced Benefits?

Arwyn specializes in large groups and claims advocacy, with a strong background in Consumer Driven Health Care plans and customer service. Arwyn excels in systems and processed to keep Advanced Benefits running as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.

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Arwyn is a licensed agent for Life and Disability/Health insurance

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Recently married, Arwyn is a die-hard video game enthusiast, spending long nights with her husband conquering the online universe. Her passion is Minecraft and Imgur. She enjoys spending time with her family and bragging about her three younger sisters’ accomplishments. While not online, she enjoys doing fun runs, playing guitar, gardening, and cuddling with her two cats, Kami and Stinky.

Favorite Quote

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month” -Teddy Roosevelt

“If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done” – Unknown

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

“My mother, who everyday teaches me more about what it means to be a fun, supportive and loving wife.”

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

“Besides getting married? Learning how to cook without burning the house down, how to drive a 5 speed, how to change my car’s oil and setting up a surround sound system by myself.”

Kathrin Malvino – Administrative Support Specialist

Kathrin Malvino – Director of First Impressions

In one brief paragraph, what are your job duties at Advanced Benefits?

Kathrin has been with Advanced Benefits since January of 2006.  She is most often the person you first talk to or see when you engage with Advanced Benefits.  It has been her privilege to make sure that each person that visits or calls our office feels welcome and important.  Kathrin also supports both the Agents and Account Specialists by assisting in group and individual renewals, quality assurance, and data input.

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 Edmonds Community College, Shoreline Community College – Marketing/Accounting

Board of Directors-Local Non-Profit

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Kathrin enjoys reading, drawing, card making, and quilting.  She also loves music, especially singing, and photography.

Favorite Quote

“Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” Romans 14:22

“A guest never forgets the host who has treated him kindly.” Homer, 9th Century BC

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

Bertha Nichols (Kathrin’s grandmother), Prof. Gene Malvino, Franklin Graham, Ravi Zacharias, and John MacArthur

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

 “To use my skills as a part of the great team of people I work with. Also, to have been able to help my local community through the non-profit work I do.”

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Courtney Schwagler - Cost Containment Strategist

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Bending the health care benefits cost curve is Courtney’s primary focus. As a Registered Dietitian, Courtney’s view point mixes clinical and practical application. The clinical aspect includes data analytics, identifying your companies gaps in care, and opportunities for savings. Then, balance that with the practicality of what works for your current or evolving company culture. Courtney will help lead employee education and launch wellness initiatives for happier, healthier and more engaged members.

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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition; Minor in Kinesiology: Arizona State University

National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Health Care Reform Certification

Life and Disability Resident Producer, Licensed in Idaho

Member of American Dietetics Association

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Courtney’s positive energy and zest for changing lives is literally in motion for her personally. She is a 3 time Coeur d’Alene Ironman finisher and travels with her husband, Mike, to play some of the greatest golf courses around the world. She’s always looking to spend time with her family and hiking with her beagle, Boogy!

Favorite Quote

“Consider it pure joy, my brethren, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1: 2-4

Who is your Most Inspiring Role Model?

My Grandparents: both sides have demonstrated a beautiful harmony of love, discipline, perseverance, faith, and influence, all of which has trickled down to subsequent generations.

What is your Greatest Accomplishment?

It’s a work in progress but continually attempting to live a Purpose Driven Life.

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Nora Pierce – Accounting Manager

Nora keeps the lights on, and so much more! All client invoicing, a/p and a/r are accommodated by Nora’s work at Advanced Benefits. Nora is a University of Idaho graduate and is an accomplished professional accountant.

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