AZBioPEERS: HR benefits packages for small companies

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Date(s) - 17 Aug 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


HR Benefits Packages For Small Companies

Tuesday August 17th, 2021   08:00 – 09:00 AM

Featured Speakers:

  • Jennifer Cordes, JD – Principal, Employee Health & Benefits, Mercer
  • LeeAnna M. Pachter, Associate, Employee Health & Benefits, Mercer

Please join us for a discussion of HR benefits packages available for small companies, including where to explore options and costs.



About Our Speakers

Jennifer Cordes, JD – Principal, Employee Health & Benefits, Mercer

Jenn Cordes is a Principal and the Association Health Plan Solution Leader within Mercer’s Multiple Employer Solution Team.  Jenn serves as a subject matter expert for our association and franchise prospects and clients.  She is an employee benefits attorney and has been with Mercer for eight years.  She has nearly fifteen years of legal and consulting experience in the health and welfare industry.


Jenn is responsible for working with associations and franchises to evaluate the feasibility of offering a health plan to their member employers.  With her legal background, she analyzes the complex legal and regulatory issues surrounding association health plans.  In addition, she is responsible for demonstrating the benefits of Mercer’s technology-based benefits administration platform and Mercer’s best-in-practice bundled solution for association and franchise health plans.

Jenn’s prior experience includes serving as the Central Market Leader for Mercer’s Regulatory Resources Group, a nationwide group of ERISA attorneys and legal professionals.  Prior to joining Mercer, Jenn was a practicing attorney working for an employee benefits law firm located in Chicago. Jenn graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts and obtained her Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois.


LeeAnna M. Pachter, Associate, Employee Health & Benefits, Mercer

LeeAnna Pachter is an Associate in Mercer’s Employee Benefits & Health insurance group. She recently joined Mercer in 2020 and works in the Washington, D.C. office. As an Associate, LeeAnna seeks to gain a nuanced understanding of client needs in order to generate proactive ideas and solutions for the client team.

Prior to joining Mercer, LeeAnna led the human resources and talent function at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a nonprofit public policy think tank in Washington, D.C. that focuses on researching economics, social welfare, politics and foreign policy. In this position, she was responsible for all internal human resources functions including employee relations, benefits administration, employee engagement, recruitment strategy and served as an internal advisor to AEI’s executive team. Her four and a half year tenure at AEI as an internal, nonprofit HR practitioner provides her with a unique, client-oriented perspective.

LeeAnna recently obtained her master’s degree in Human Resources Management (MPHR) from Georgetown University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Elon University in North Carolina.