Catherine joined GCG in April 2002, and is a Vice President, Benefits Consulting. Prior to this, she was a Principal of Kraemer & Loney, Inc. Catherine entered the insurance industry in 1985 as an administrative associate for Kraemer Associates. This served as the training environment in learning the integral parts of each product in the industry, which serves as her foundation. Catherine returned to Kraemer Chantler Associates in 1995 after a brief absence, during which she focused on individual financial planning and mutual fund investments. She found her interest rested in working with employers and employees in an ever-changing environment of healthcare products – such as group medical, dental, disability, life, long term disability, wellness programs, employee assistance programs and savings vehicles for future medical expenses. Catherine specializes in municipality and school employee benefit programs, which encompasses partially self-funded programs administered by a third-party claim administrator, administrative services only contracts administered by a carrier and fully insured programs either on an individual or pooled basis. Her emphasis is to not only analyze the benefit programs, but also to educate the administrative personnel and employees through forums designed to plan for future initiatives, ease the negotiation process and keep all participants well ahead of the benefits industry curve. She has been consistently recognized for her outstanding achievements. Since 2003, Catherine has continually been distinguished as a top advisor in GCG’s most prestigious clubs, including Pinnacle Club and Circle of Excellence, celebrating her notable successes, relationships and extensive industry expertise. Catherine attended Waldorf College and the University of Iowa, focusing on psychology and recreation therapy. Her interest in this field allowed her to integrate her music and athletic participation with special populations. This area continues to be of interest to Catherine on a volunteer basis. Catherine and her husband, Dana, have three grown children. When free time arises, the family enjoys spending time cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, golfing, boating and other related outdoor activities.