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Our entire team is cross-trained and proficient in today’s opportunities as well as ever-changing regulations, which means you receive a level of experience unmatched by our competition. Trust us with your challenges, and we’ll exceed your expectations. Our people, our expertise, our technology and our Abentras Access eServices platform combine to place your benefits platform in the elite, mirroring those of most Fortune 500 companies. All Principles, Directors, Executive Assistants and Coordinators hold active Life and Health Insurance licenses.

Owen Wingate Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Owen Wingate

President

Owen was born and raised in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Political Science. In 1988, he began his insurance career with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company as a life insurance career agent and later began to specialize in employee benefits. Owen is a 17-year Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, our industry’s leading sales achievement organization. He has been an active member of the Jacksonville Association of Health Underwriters and served as president in 2007-2008.

Fun Fact

In high school I collected old Volkswagens and could remove an entire engine and replace it in less than 17 minutes, which came in very handy as they were always broken, I continue to thank my father for never purchasing a welder as I really love the insurance business.

West Wingate Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

West Wingate RHU

Vice President

West was born and raised in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1989 and is a faithful member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. West began his insurance career with Coordinated Programs, Inc. in Jacksonville in 1990, specializing in the sale, service and implementation of formal executive disability insurance plans. He is also a 21-year Life and Qualifying Member of Million Dollar Round Table, our industry’s leading sales achievement organization.

Fun Fact

West loves spending time in Quitman Georgia living the farm life. During a recent prescribed forestry burn the wind shifted on him and he burned down the neighbors very historic school house dating back to 1918. Over 12 state & local fire trucks & rescue vehicles responded. He still remains very good friends with the neighbors as he convinced them it was an eyesore & had termites.

Kelly Kenne Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Kelly Kenne SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Chief Operating Officer

Kelly was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Kelly joined Owen and West in 2001, specializing in consolidated invoicing and customer service administration. As the director of operations she is responsible for overseeing and directing all aspects of our operations – from managing staff to coordinating our technology and services – to ensure each one of our clients receives the ultimate in customer service.

Fun Fact

Kelly is the team motorhead and car nut. She doesn’t like the thought of riding in a car that goes less than 100 mph and has less than 8 cylinders. Tesla is the enemy, as it has no rumble.

Jason Griggs Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Jason C. Griggs CRPC

Agent

Jason was born and raised in Ft Wayne, IN. He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Business. In 2004, he and his wife Carrie relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He began his insurance and financial services career in Jacksonville in 2004 and maintains a 2-15 Health & Life insurance license along with a Series 7 and 66 securities license. Jason recently complete his Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation. He enjoys community involvement opportunities with the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach and has been a member since 2007 and served on the Board of Directors in 2010-2012.

Fun Fact

I worked at a Turkey farm when I was a kid in Indiana. It was the hottest, nastiest smelliest place you could imagine. I realized at that point I needed a really good education and career to keep me from ever going back!. To this day I still won’t eat turkey even at the best BBQ Restaurants!

Sharon Alexander Bryan Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Sharon Alexander Bryan CEBS, GBA, RPA

Agent

Sharon was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. In 2005, Sharon began working in the insurance industry as a financial auditor for a large national brokerage firm. In 2008, she obtained her 2-15 license and her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation, and moved to Jacksonville to manage an employee benefits department. Sharon has worked with employers all over the southeast, specializing in multi-site employers with challenging administrative issues. Most recently she worked for Benefitfocus and their large market employer groups to provide benefit technology. She is a certified health coach and has experience integrating wellness programs into existing medical plans. Sharon brings a diverse level of experience to the Abentras team and loves being back in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Fun Fact

I like ketchup on almost everything!

Mark B. Peterson - Abentras Benefit Administation

Mark B. Peterson

Regional Director

Mark was raised in Tampa, FL and has resided with his family in Charlotte, NC since 2011. A 1990 graduate of The University of South Florida in Business Administration; Mark began his career in 1990 with Unum Life Ins Co as a sales rep specializing in Disability Income Protection. Career growth opportunities brought him to MetLife and then The Hartford, where he earned national awards in National Account Sales and Regional Office Management. In addition to Benefit Plan design, Mark has extensive experience designing and implementing large scale Total Absence Management programs; as well as Executive Disability plans involving multiple, coordinated insurance products.

Fun Fact

I once attended a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game as a guest of Dick Vitale. It was his first week on Twitter and I ended up in one of his first tweeted photos.

Lori Miller Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Lori Miller SHRM-CP

Executive Assistant

Lori was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Florida Community College of Jacksonville with an Associate of Arts degree. She began her insurance career at State Farm in the Life and Health department in 1990. Lori joined the Abentras family in 2004 as an executive assistant and specializes in assisting our individual clients with their life and disability insurance needs.

Fun Fact

I’m a no clutter/organized obsessed person. I have everything arranged in such a way I know if someone even slightly moves an item on my desk. Co-workers have been known “to get me” by turning everything on my desk upside down, cleaning out the hole punch on my desk, using an entire pack of stickies all over my items, or littering it with paper clips to drive me crazy.

Mary Othmer Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Mary Othmer

Premium Services Administrative Assistant

Mary was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 2004. She has worked in the employee benefit field since 2007, and recently joined the Abentras team in 2012.

Fun Fact

Enjoys traveling to Italy a few times a year to visit her family in Napoli. I love singing Italian opera, especially on Sundays while cooking with Vino and Dino (Dean Martin).

Sisi Castro Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Sisi Castro

Executive Assistant

Sisi was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1990. She graduated from FCCJ in 1998 with Associates of Arts Degree and perused a career in the mortgage lending and Real Estate industries. Sisi joined Abentras in 2017 as a licensed health insurance agent

Fun Fact

I won a dance contest once, Reggaeton to be exact. Reggaeton is a genre that originated from Puerto Rico, basically Puerto Rican reggae.

Bethany Brown Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Bethany Bryan

Administrative Assistant

Bethany was born and raised in Haines City, Florida. She is currently pursuing a degree in Health Administration with a minor in Public Health at the University of North Florida where she is also a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Bethany moved to Jacksonville Beach in 2016 and joined the Abentras team in 2017 as an intern and became a member of the Abentras team as an Administrative Assistant in 2018.

Fun Fact

Bethany grew up in Polk County, Florida on a working farm. She loves offshore fishing, hunting, and paddleboarding. Most of all she likes hanging out with the boys and her puppy Waylon Jennings!

Erin Barry Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Erin Barry

Group Benefit Team Lead

Erin was born in Tyler, Texas and raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Sante Fe College in Gainesville, Florida in 2002 and moved to Jacksonville to attend University of North Florida where she pursued a degree in Psychology. Erin joined the Abentras team in 2010 as Client Advocate and Group Benefits Assistant.

Fun Fact

I am a part of a motorcross family. My husband and two daughters are avid dirt bike riders. My role is cheerleader (because I would definitely end up breaking something – myself or the bike or both).

Courntey Rolison Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Courntey Rolison

Group Benefit Account Coordinator

Courtney was born and raised in Jacksonville Beach, FL. She graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville and went on to University of Florida to pursue a degree in Marketing. Courtney has over 10 years of financial and retail customer service experience and energetically strives to ensure the timely and successful delivery of solutions, therefore creating long term relationships with customers. Courtney joined the Abentras team in 2014 as a Group Benefit Account Coordinator.

Fun Fact

I love the outdoors, running, biking and scuba diving. On one of our recent scuba diving adventures we found a group of sea turtles, one of them tried to get frisky with me and kissed me in the face! The big fat kiss left me with black eyes the rest of the vacation. EKKK

Stacie Gouldthread Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Stacie Gouldthread

Group Benefit Administative Assistant

Stacie was born in the Panama Canal Zone and moved to the Jacksonville area in 1979. She earned her Associate of Arts Degree from the University of North Florida in 1989. She has worked in the insurance industry since 1993. She joined the Abentras team in 2017 bringing us her experience with having worked in the benefits arena from a carrier, broker and large employer perspective. She supports the sales and account management staff as a Group Benefit Administrative Assistant.

Fun Fact

Although there isn’t much use for this outside of 7th grade, I can write backwards and upside down & backwards.

Brittany Medlin Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Brittany Medlin

Group Benefit Account Coordinator

Brittany was born in Bermuda, and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She graduated from The University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in English and minor in Anthropology. Brittany joined the Abentras team in 2015 and enjoys her role as a Group Benefit Account Coordinator.

Fun Fact

I was a “Sunbeam” dancer for the Jacksonville Suns (AKA Jumbo Shrimp) for two years during college. Special talents included dancing on top of dugouts, sling shooting tshirts to the crowd dressed as a mustard bottle, and judging burrito eating contests!

Christina Ossi Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Christina Ossi

Group Benefit Account Coordinator

Christina was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She lived in Charlotte, NC for four years but returned to Jacksonville in 2015. Christina began her career in employee benefits in 1999 and has worked on both the carrier side and broker side of the insurance industry. She enjoys being on the service end of the business and building personal relationships with her clients. Christina joined the Abentras team in 2017 as a Group Benefit Account Coordinator.

Fun Fact

Growing up I had the privilege of vacationing in Barcelona and Coma Ruga in Spain, Multiple cities in Morocco, Cancun, Cozumel, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Alex Turko Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Alex Turko

Group Benefit Account Coordinator

Alex was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in English, Editing, Writing and Media with a minor in Communications. Alex joined the Abentras team in 2018, specializing in small group sales and administration.

Fun Fact

Alex was recently asked to dressup like Peter Pan (full tights and wig) to entertain at a 3yr olds Birthday Party. He was horrified when several parents recognized him. He also one rode an angry elephant!

Ashley Williams Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Ashley Williams

Group Benefit Account Assistant

Ashley was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Ashley moved to Jacksonville in 2015 and joined the Abentras team in 2016 as an administrative assistant. She is working toward becoming a Group Benefit Account Coordinator.

Fun Fact

In elementary and middle school I was the point guard for my school’s basketball team – I fouled out every game. Everyone said I was a scrappy little player – AKA Scrappy Williams.

Katina Etheredge Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Katina Etheredge

Group Benefit System Analyst

Katina was born and raised in St. Cloud, Florida and moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1998. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. Katina joined the Abentras team in 2014 as a Group Benefits Coordinator and oversees our Abentras Access platform for our clients.

Fun Fact

I absolutely love music and attempt to meet the band any opportunity I can (so-called groupie). My first backstage experience was Hootie and the Blowfish and my absolute favorite was meeting Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran. I have dozens of autographs and pictures in my collection.

Jennye Figueroa Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Jennye Figueroa

Group Benefit Implementation Specialist

Jennye was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She joined our team in 2014 with over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry. She is our Group Benefits Implementation Specialist, implementing all contracting, reporting, and compliance for our clients.

Fun Fact

I love to travel, experience new cuisine, explore nature and adventure off the beaten path. I’ve visited Cayman Islands, St. Thomas, St. John, Bahamas, lived in Puerto Rico for 5 years exploring the entire island and sister islands of Vieques, Culebra, Isla Caja de Muertos, and Cayo Mata la Gata. I visited Lima and Cusco Peru traveling by plane, train, car, bus and hiking Machu Picchu. While visiting Peru, I ate cuy (guinea pig) and anticuchos (cow heart). I wasn’t a fan of cuy, but I would definitely eat anticuchos again.

Heather Kaelin Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Heather Kaelin PHR, SHRM-CP

Premium Services Team Lead

Heather was born in San Diego, California and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Florida State College of Jacksonville with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. Prior to joining Abentras in 2007, she served in the US ARMY Reserves and served overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Heather manages our Consolidated Premiums Services department (Bille) and is the “Abentras Problem Solver”

Fun Fact

I am an ARMY Veteran – manned a M2 .50 Caliber machine gun, worked aside many foreign militaries, and was an armed bodyguard on USO Shows throughout Kuwait – Heather aka 50Cal

Patti Bates Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Patti Bates

Premium Services Auditor

Patti was born in Springfield, Missouri, and raised in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She received an Associate degree in Business Administration from St. Johns River State College and moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University where she furthered her studies in Business Management. She has more than 10 years experience in the health and wellness benefit industry and three years as a premium analyst. Patti joined the Abentras team in 2012 as Auditor in the Premium Services division, auditing premium service client accounts and tracking receipt and application of premiums on our client’s behalf.

Fun Fact

When Abentras purchased our Current office in Ponte Vedra Beach fl. Patti was working with the prior owner. We loved her so much through the sale process she joined our team, we love to joke that she came with our building.

Audrey Hanson Bio - Abentras Benefit Administation

Audrey Hanson

Premium Services Account Coordinator

Audrey Hanson was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2001 where she started her career path in the financial services field. Audrey works in the Consolidated Premiums Services department where she performs invoicing, processing and reconciling of group insurance premiums. Audrey joined Abentras in 2015

Fun Fact

As a Wisconsin girl, I spent a lot of time around hockey, cows, cheese and beer. A few skills I learned along the way were how to do a toe-touch on ice and how to drink a beer with my foot, using no hands.

Elena Pigalova - Abentras Benefit Administators

Elena Pigalova

Premium Services Account Coordinator

Elena was born and raised in Russia, where she earned her first Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Foreign Philology (English Language and Literature) and Translation in 2009. She was awarded the degree of Philologist and Teacher with honors. Elena moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2009. She graduated from the University of North Florida in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. She joined the Abentras team in 2018. Elena works in the consolidated Premium Service department (Bille) specializing in invoices and reconciling and processing group insurance premiums.

Fun Fact

Elena likes Literature, History and Languages. She studied Old English and Latin. Per aspera ad astra!

Elena Pigalova - Abentras Benefit Administator

Bubba Brown

Logistical Development Services

Bubba was born and raised in Jacksonville Beach Florida, where he met the Wingate brothers in elementary school while learning the basics of life together. Bubba graduated from Fletcher High School in 1985 and immediately began his career in law enforcement. Bubba joined the Abentras team in 2017 as our logistics coordinator making sure our traveling service team always arrives safely on time and to their destination without distractions.

Fun Fact

Bubba loves to hunt, fish and is an exceptional chef. He is best known for his break dancing skills during Fletcher High school pep rally’s. The worm was and still is a crowd favorite!

Crystal LoRusso - Abentras Benefit Administators

Crystal LoRusso

Administrative Assistant

I was born in St. Petersburg but was raised in Jacksonville, FL. I graduated from FSCJ with my associates in 2012 and plan on returning to pursue a degree in business management. I enjoy customer service roles where I am able to make clients happy and create happy work relationships.

Fun Fact

I am a competitive powerlifter. I have been lifting for about 5 years an competing for 4. I became interested when I tried out for full contact football with the Legions Football League

Donna Brown - Abentras Benefit Administators

Donna Brown

Premium Services Coordinator

Donna was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. As a Premium Services Coordinator with over 14 years of insurance industry experience, she joined our team in 2018. Donna works in the Consolidated Premium Services department specializing in invoicing, processing and reconciling of group insurance premiums.

Fun Fact

Donna aka Downtown Donna Brown – I have been a Mobile DJ for over 25 years. I turned my collection and love of my music into something fun to share with others.