Chairman of the Board – Greig Woodring
Lead Director – James M. Benson
Board Member – William A. Roper
Chief Executive Officer – Tom Wamberg
Chief Science Officer – Dr. Tanya Moreno
Chief Medical Director – Dr. Philip Smalley
Chief Innovation Officer – Darren Rowe
Chief Financial Officer – Chad Stoerp
VP, Cancer Services – Irene Guterman
Managing Director – David Stertzer
Senior VP, Business Development – Lynnette Bates
Executive VP, Sales & Business Development – Nick Bellanca
VP, Client Success – Tammy Kwok-Johnson
Regional Sales Director – Darrell Smith
Client Success Manager – Kathryn Aguirre
Regional Sales Director – Kerry Connor
Cancer Support Specialist – Jessica Metz
SVP, Marketing – Mickie Henshall
VP, Digital Operations – Jennifer Todd
A. Greig Woodring, Chairman
Greig Woodring is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). Prior to assuming the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of RGA in 1993, Greig served as Executive Vice President of General American Life Insurance Company (now GenAmerica Financial L.L.C.) in charge of all reinsurance business.
Greig joined General American in 1979 as an actuary, and assumed responsibility for General American’s reinsurance business in 1986. Before joining General American, he was an actuary at United Insurance Company in Chicago. General American’s reinsurance division led to the formation of RGA, which Greig led through its initial public offering in May 1993. After more than 20 years of his leadership, RGA grew to become one of the world’s leading life reinsurers, with offices in 26 countries and annual revenues of more than $10 billion.
Greig is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, two years of post-graduate Mathematics study at the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He also serves as Chairman of Wamberg Genomics Advisors, and as chairman of the International Insurance Society.
James M. Benson, Lead Director
James M. Benson currently serves as CEO of Benson Botsford, LLC. Jim has held CEO positions with John Hancock, Manulife, The New England, GenAmerica, and The Equitable Companies.
Mr. Benson earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He serves on several boards, including the United States Olympic Committee, University of Illinois Foundation and the Hospital for Special Surgery.
He is a Founder and Chairman of World T.E.A.M. Sports, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities through sports activities for the disabled.
William A. Roper, Board Member
Bill has significant leadership experience as chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and as a board member and investor in a number high growth companies over the past forty years. He has been involved in both publicly-owned and privately held enterprises involved in diversified technology services, biotechnology, and genomics products.
Bill also has broad experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions, public offerings of both debt and equity, international joint ventures, and numerous billion-dollar-plus financial transactions over the years.
Bill received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi, and he has completed advanced management programs at the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU and at Stanford University.
Tom Wamberg, Chief Executive Officer
Tom is the CEO of Wamberg Genomic Advisors and is responsible for the overall direction and execution of the company’s strategic plan. In his 30-year career, Wamberg has built and led numerous financial and professional insurance services businesses. In 2017 Wamberg served as President of Insurance and Corporate Business of Human Longevity, Inc. He served as Chairman of Uniphy Health, a secure healthcare collaboration platform for physicians, a company he co-founded in 2013. He previously started and led as Chairman and CEO two other consulting/brokerage companies, Clark & Wamberg, LLC and Clark Inc. (NYSE: CLK) which he took public in 1998. Wamberg is a member of the Association of Cancer Executives, the American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a past president of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting.
He has also been past president of the 25 Million-Dollar Forum, chairman of the Legislative Task Force and Nonqualified Benefit Plan committee, and has served as a member of the American Society of Pension Actuaries and a member of the AALU’s Financial Accounting Standards Board subcommittee. Wamberg is also the author of three books: The Theory and Practice of Bank Owned Life Insurance, The Theory and Practice of Separate Account Bank Owned Life Insurance, and Bank Eligible Alternative Investment Strategies – The Theory and Practice. Tom also holds two patents: 1. System for designing and implementing Bank-Owned Life Insurance (BOLI) with a reinsurance option 2. Method and system for employee and client engagement.
He is a past board member of: The Universidad de las Americas (Mexico City), Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Integrated Healthcare Strategies, MEDEX, Baden Retirement Services, Stratford 360, Pearl Meyer & Partners, Stratford Advisory Services, and Wamberg Asset Management. He received his BS from Baldwin Wallace University and serves on the foundation board of the Cleveland Clinic.
Tom has testified before congressional committees on numerous occasions on behalf of the life insurance industry and as Chairman of Clark Consulting was a regular guest on CNBC, MSNBC and CNN as an expert on executive compensation and benefits.
Tanya Moreno, PhD, MB(ASCP)CM, Chief Science Officer
Dr. Tanya Moreno is the Chief Science Officer of Wamberg Genomic Advisors. She is a senior executive scientific leader whose career interests are focused on applications of genetics and genomics in personalized medicine. With 15 years of experience in biotechnology and diagnostics, she has led the development and commercialization of a wide array of genomic tests for oncology, pharmacogenetics, rare disease disorders and infectious disease, creating advanced genomic tools to empower patients and physicians to make informed decisions based on their individual genetics.
As the head of Clinical Sciences, Research and Development in multiple clinical laboratories, she is a technical expert in use of advanced genomic technologies for precision medicine. Dr. Moreno is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has both led and participated in a number of studies in consumer and clinical genomics research. She is an inventor of several novel genomic applications with multiple patents pending and granted. Dr. Moreno is passionate about science communication and broadening access and interest in STEAM for girls and women. She mentors young women and led a 3-year scientific curriculum for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego/Beyond School Walls.
Dr. Moreno received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. She earned her PhD in Biology focusing on genetic mechanisms of development at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. Her post-doctoral studies on molecular controls of gene regulatory networks were performed at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Philip Smalley, Chief Medical Director
Dr. Phil Smalley is an Internal Medicine specialist with 27 years of experience in insurance medicine. He recently retired from his position as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Medical Officer for RGA International Corporation. Dr. Smalley received his medical degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Past President of the Canadian Life Insurance Medical Officers Association.
Dr. Smalley was also Managing Director of the Longer Life Foundation, the not-for-profit research partnership between RGA and Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Smalley currently lives in Toronto consulting for the insurance industry and is Chief Medical Director for Wamberg Genomic Advisors.
Darren Rowe, Chief Innovation Officer
A co-founder and former CEO of the UK’s largest independent cancer navigation company, Darren is WGA’s Chief Innovation Officer, with leadership responsibility for strategic innovation and program design. Darren has a career background in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, and has held several leadership roles within companies specializing in the development of disruptive and innovative genomic technologies for personalized cancer treatments.
Leading Champions Oncology’s European subsidiary businesses, Darren helped them achieve a market cap of $180m from a zero base. Darren is a former board member of Bowel Cancer UK and current board member of UK-based health technology company Trustedoctor.
Whilst in the UK, Darren was a regular guest on the BBC, providing commentary on consumer-led healthcare issues. Darren studied Cognitive Behavioral Science at Leicester University in England and Executive Leadership and Organizational Innovation at Cornell Business School.
In his spare time, Darren mentors small businesses and designs programs to help individuals lead happier and more meaningful lives.
Darren and his family recently relocated to the USA from London, UK.
Chad Stoerp, Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer of the company, Chad is responsible for the overall financial strategy at WGA, including funding, financial accounting and tax compliance.
Chad began his career as an auditor at BDO Seidman and has held various roles at Kemper Insurance, Essendant (formerly United Stationers), Clark & Wamberg, LLC and Uniphy Health. Chad has participated in sales, debt and equity transactions totaling over $125 million.
Chad holds a Bachelor of Business from Western Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He lives in Chicago with his wife, two daughters and two pugs.
Irene Guterman, MS, RN, CNL, VP, Cancer Services
Irene is the VP of Cancer Services for Wamberg Genomic Advisors, Inc. She is an experienced and innovative Oncology Nurse with over 10 years of experience working in the hospital and clinic settings with a background deeply rooted in research and evidence-based practice.
She began her career in the acute setting and found her home in Oncology, where she developed and led Survivorship and Mindfulness programs for a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Irene also has experience as a Facility Administrator and Team Leader for a Fortune 200 company. She is passionate about patient-centered care and empowering her patients to become active and informed participants throughout their cancer journey.
Irene is an avid yoga practitioner and instructor. She encourages her students to find balance both on and off the mat through a practice of intention setting, meditation, breath work, and physical postures.
She currently lives in San Diego with her husband and their four-legged child, Kooper.
David Stertzer, Managing Director
David Stertzer is a Managing Director for Wamberg Genomic Advisors with a focus on life insurance companies and genomic / Advanced DNA Testing program strategies. As top officer at AALU for nearly thirty-three years, Stertzer provided continuity, leadership and strategic vision to AALU’s Board of Directors. Throughout the AALU’s growth period, David stressed the critical nature of a unified life insurance industry to deliver its message to Capitol Hill with a single voice and increase the number of successful members of the life insurance community.
Mr. Stertzer says, “The life insurance community has always innovated. New products and programs have consistently been created that have been critical components in meeting the comprehensive financial, and life needs of insureds. The programs being created by Wamberg are enabling the life insurance community and agents to be at the forefront of programs that extend and improve life. It is consistent with the values and purpose of life insurance. I am excited to be part of this mission to help the life insurance community and their agents make genomics and advanced DNA testing part of their portfolio.”
Lynnette Bates, Senior VP, Business Development
Lynnette is a Senior VP of Business Development for Wamberg Genomic Advisors, Inc., specializing in custom genomic-based product and service offerings for employee benefit brokers and insurance carriers.
Through Lynnette’s extensive background in Sales, Client Management, Marketing and Project Management she provides a strategic and holistic consulting approach for employers, insurance brokers and carriers. Previous companies include Human Longevity, Inc., Unum Insurance and American Express.
She graduated from Arizona State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications & Media Studies.
Nick Bellanca, Executive VP, Sales & Business Development
Nick leads the growth and expansion of WGA’s group benefit division, focusing in on brokers, employers, carrier partners, and emerging distribution channels.
Prior to joining WGA, Nick was a top, national producer for a Fortune 500 insurance carrier for over 12 years. He partners closely with consultants, enrollment firms, benefits administration providers, and employers on the development and delivery of new and innovative employee benefit programs.
Nick holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of San Diego.
Tammy Kwok-Johnson, VP, Client Success
Tammy Kwok-Johnson is the Vice President of Client Success for Wamberg Genomic Advisors, Inc. She is responsible for developing and overseeing client relationships and experience through proactive and personalized engagement, consultation and execution on custom, genomic-based, product and service offerings for employees.
Tammy has 15 years of experience in the insurance industry and has expertise in enrollment, benefits communication, group and worksite benefits. She previously worked in Human Resources and Accounting for a national nurse staffing agency and was an award-winning Senior Client Manager for a Fortune 500 benefits carrier.
She graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Tammy also has an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.
Darrell Smith, Regional Sales Director
Darrell Smith has spent nearly 30 years in the Employee Benefits industry in both Sales and Sales Management positions throughout the Southeast. He has spent the past 24 years with a nationally recognized carrier, selling stop loss, ancillary lines, and voluntary benefits through brokers, consultants, and enrollment firms. He has experience in both the middle market (200 – 999 lives) and the large case space (1,000+). He has personally sold groups from as small as 50 employee lives to groups with over 150,000 employees.
Originally from New Orleans, Darrell has spent his entire career in the Employee Benefits industry and has sold various products including fully insured and self-funded medical, stop loss, dental, vision, life, disability, and voluntary/worksite products. He is an expert technician and is viewed as a trusted advisor by his brokers and consultants. He partners closely with brokers, consultants, enrollment firms, benefits administration providers, and employers to deliver innovative, genomic-based, employee benefit products that are beneficial to all parties.
He has past affiliations with ING/Voya, Reliance Standard, Washington National, and Met Life. Darrell holds a B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University. He currently splits time between Tampa and Atlanta. Darrell is passionate about LSU football and enjoys salt-water fishing and attending live music festivals.
Kathryn Aguirre, Client Success Manager
As Client Success Manager, Kate joins the team to support the development and growth of client relationships alongside VP of Client Success, Tammy Kwok-Johnson. She comes to us most recently from the clinical research space and her career thus far has focused heavily on client recruitment, retention and relationship building to ensure clients are educated, engaged and excited- her three pillars of success.
Kathryn’s Masters in Business partnered with her certification in Executive Coaching offers a unique background which provides insight into the “why” behind companies decision making processes. She is known for her ability to build quick and meaningful rapport and growing her business through the power of client referrals. Kathryn is based out of Seattle, Washington and in her down time enjoys spending time with her husband and son and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry Connor, Regional Sales Director
Kerry leads the growth and expansion efforts of WGA’s footprint in the Northeast, focusing on telling our story to brokers and employer groups of all sizes. Prior to joining WGA, Kerry was a top, national producer for two of the leading Cyber Security Companies. In addition, she led the growth efforts as Principal of her own Voluntary Benefits Enrollment Firm for 15 years before selling that business to one of the top 100 banks in the country. She partners closely with consultants, enrollment firms, benefits administration providers, and employers on the development and delivery of new and innovative genomic benefit programs.
Kerry lives in Wayne, PA with her two children and holds a B.S. in Marketing from Drexel University. In her spare time she likes to dabble in standup comedy and travel across the USA to visit iconic baseball stadiums, #13 is on the horizon in Spring of 2020!
Jessica Metz, RN, BSN, OCN, Cancer Support Specialist
Jessica is a Cancer Support Specialist for Wamberg Genomic Advisors, Inc. She has a passion for helping her patients navigate their difficult and complex health care journeys.
Jessica has been an oncology nurse for 10 years working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), voted the top hospital in New Hampshire in 2019. She began her career in an in-patient oncology unit caring for people with blood cancers in need of bone marrow transplants, people with solid tumor complications, and patients in need of end-of-life care. She has also worked at DHMC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Center for many years, working with thoracic oncology patients and women with gynecologic malignancies.
Jessica earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Vermont and holds her Oncology Nurse Certification. She has a passion for growing and raising her own food, and currently lives with her fiancé and their two dogs on a small farm in New Hampshire.
Mickie Henshall, SVP, Marketing
Mickie Henshall is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Wamberg Genomic Advisors, Inc. She is responsible for the corporate brand and for developing marketing strategies to drive awareness of the innovative benefits programs offered by WGA.
For more than 20 years, Mickie has dedicated her career to corporations focused on the health sciences, spanning medical devices, molecular diagnostics and point-of-care hospital testing. In her leadership role at start-up companies including Agena Bioscience, Accriva Diagnostics, and Biotix, she developed high-performing marketing departments and programs to rapidly achieve corporate milestones. As the first diagnostics focused marketer hired at Illumina, she helped to lead the company to its first FDA 510(k) clearance and commercial launch.
Mickie earned a Bachelors in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley. She is a passionate advocate for the advancement of genomic medicine, and enjoys mentoring the next generation of young leaders in this field.
Jennifer Todd, VP, Digital Operations
Jennifer Todd is the Vice President of Digital Operations at Wamberg Genomic Advisors, Inc. She is responsible for optimizing operational efficiencies and customer experiences through digital transformation and robust analytics.
For more than 20 years, Jennifer has held progressive operational leadership roles in the medical/biotech sciences industries at market leading companies including: Medtronic, Illumina and Sherpa Clinical Packaging. Her experience and entrepreneurial spirit also led Jennifer to run her own consulting company supporting biotech start-ups. She developed and led teams to support rapid growth and evolving organizations through implementation of core business processes and business applications infrastructure.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s of Administration in Psychology at Skidmore College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern University. She is passionate about bringing genomic solutions to individuals and addressing the “last mile” of health innovation delivery.