AZBioPEERS: HR benefits packages for small companies

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Date(s) - 17 Aug 2021 until 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

Session Lead: Kristen Swingle, MS- President & COO, C-Path

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.


Kristen Swingle, MS – President & COO, C-Path

Kristen Swingle is responsible for the daily operations of the organization as well as developing and implementing C-Path’s strategy and goals. She manages the organization’s finances, human resources, facilities, information technology and personnel.

Before joining C-Path, Mrs. Swingle served as Vice President of Operations for CBR, a part of California Cryobank Life Sciences, where she oversaw stem cell manufacturing and quality operations and served as the site head for the Tucson facility which houses a stem cell laboratory, cryobank and call center operations. She brings nearly two decades’ worth of experience in the medical and molecular sciences industry to bear in her role as Chief Operating Officer and currently serves as Chairwoman of AZBio Board of Directors.

Swingle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science, Medical Sciences from Texas A&M University.