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The Hall of Fame recognizes CEBS graduates who have shared their time and talents to further the education and professional expertise of those working in the employee benefits field and championed the CEBS designation. Each person in this exceptional group has played a unique role in the growth and development of CEBS and the Society through ongoing support and contributions to the profession.

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The 2018 Hall of Fame inductees are honored at the Symposium by ISCEBS President Lisa Kaiser, CEBS. 

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Class of 2018

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What his peers say:

Mike has been an incredible contributor to the CEBS program and to the International Society. He has served as a mentor to countless individuals pursuing a career in benefits, many of whom have earned the CEBS designation. He has attended every Symposium and, even more remarkably, every session (except for one). He epitomizes what a true benefits professional should be—ethical, approachable and knowledgeable. He conveys an interest in every individu-al he encounters and has a tremendous sense of humor.

Michael Dooley, CEBS

Retired​​
Chesterfield, Missouri​​​​

ISCEBS contributions and accomplishments

  • Society President—1991
  • Strategic Planning Committee
    (then known as the Long Range Planning Committee)
  • Symposium Education Committee
    (then known as the Symposium Planning Committee)
  • Education Committee
  • St. Louis Chapter leadership
  • Symposium speaker
  • Attended every Symposium
  • ISCEBS Fellow​​​
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International Foundation contributions and accomplishments

  • CEBS Committee
  • Continuing Education Committee
  • Benefits Peer Network
  • CEBS-compliant status​​​​​​​​
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What her peers say:

From early Society leadership, tireless promotion of CEBS and continued dedication to the education of CEBS graduates, nobody matches Katherine’s contribution. Not only has she attended every Symposium since its beginning, but she presents the annual U.S. Legal Update and followup workshop. Following each session, she is engulfed with questions, and she takes time to courteously answer each one.

Most incredibly, given her extensive workload, she has always made time for her friends and associates.

Katherine Hesse, CEBS

Partner
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey, & Lehane, LLP 

Boston, Massachusetts

ISCEBS contributions and accomplishments

  • Society President—1985
  • Strategic Planning Committee
    (then the Long Range Planning Committee)
  • Greater Boston Chapter president
  • Benefits Quarterly Legal Update editor
  • ISCEBS Fellow
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International Foundation contributions and accomplishments

  • Board of Directors
  • CEBS Committee
  • Government Liaison Committee
  • Financial Review Committee
  • Attorneys Committee
  • Attended every Symposium and presents the U.S. Legal Update session
  • Speaker for numerous International Foundation education conferences
  • CEBS-compliant status​​​
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What his peers say:

John was one of the most selfless people I have ever known. He was always willing to give time and talent to his industry, school and community—not just as a member, but as an active participant.

His selfless sharing of his deep knowledge embodies the CEBS program. His contributions to ISCEBS are numerous but are perhaps best exemplified in how much he shared on the ISCEBS Listserv. It seemed that no matter the topic, you could count on John to pitch in with a thorough, thoughtful and insightful response—a response that usually left you in awe. John was also a warm and supportive colleague who always energized me whenever I would run into him at the Symposium or other events.

John Garner, CEBS

Chief Compliance Officer
Bolton Partners
Pasadena, California
(Passed away, 2018)

ISCEBS contributions and accomplishments

  • Governing Council member and 2004 Society vice president
  • Symposium Education Committee
  • Los Angeles Chapter president
  • Symposium speaker
    (for the annual session “Ask the U.S. Health Care Expert”)
  • ISCEBS Fellow
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International Foundation contributions and accomplishments

  • CEBS Committee
  • Contributing editor of Self-Funding Health Benefit Plans
  • CEBS-compliant status​​​​​
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What her peers say:

Mary has been so engaged in the CEBS program since its early days. She has been a great teacher to many of us in the chapter and to even more around the country as an online instructor. She holds herself and all of us to very high standards of excellence and integrity and makes us all better professionals and people as a result of her passion and commitment to the industry.

Mary is a well-known benefits expert and resource for her clients and the rest of us in the benefits community. She is often my first call for help if I have a question or want to bounce an idea off someone. I often see people come up to her locally and at the Symposium to say ‘You were my instructor’ and tell her how much they appreciated her teaching and the impact on their careers. She helps make complex benefits ideas more manageable and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm.

Mary Komornicka, CEBS

Attorney
Larkin Hoffman
Minneapolis, Minnesota

ISCEBS contributions and accomplishments

  • Society President—2003
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
    (then known as the Publications Committee)
  • Twin Cities Chapter president
  • Symposium speaker
  • Online class instructor for the U.S. Retirement track of the ISCEBS Fellowship course
  • ISCEBS Fellow
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International Foundation contributions and accomplishments

  • CEBS Committee
  • Online class instructor for U.S. CEBS courses
  • CEBS-compliant status​​​​​​​​​
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