Meet the Cherry Creek Benefits Team
Randy co-founded Cherry Creek Benefits in 1984 after an 11-year career in sales and sales management with a national life insurance company. He has extensive experience with Taft Hartley plans as well as small and large group, fully-insured and self-funded plans. Randy has served on Broker Advisory councils for various insurance companies.
Randy has worked with self-funded Taft Hartley accounts for 15 years. This has involved negotiating with carriers, claims analysis, plan design and compliance coordination. Working with Trustees of the plan, both labor and management, and collectively bargained benefits is a unique skill set that benefits all of our clients.
Randy loves to spend time in Grand Lake, Colorado and enjoys golfing, fly fishing, snowshoeing and boating. His biggest thrill outside of family is fly fishing in Alaska surrounded by bears. He believes that his grandchildren are the best.
- Graduated from Valparaiso with a B.B. in Psychology in 1972
- Chairman of Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Franktown
- Chanda Plan Foundation development committee
Scott has industry experience spanning more than 30 years. Most of his professional career has been providing consulting and insurance brokerage services in the employee benefits field. He co-founded Cherry Creek Benefits in 1984 and has led the development of Cherry Creek Benefits into a regional firm. Scott has extensive experience in self-funded plans for mid-market and large employers. He has provided consulting and brokerage work for hundreds of employers over his career. His experience and expertise covers a broad range of employee benefits and compliance issues including health care reform. Scott has worked with numerous employers to create strategies and implement programs to positively impact the cost of benefits programs while providing benefits for employees designed to attract and retain valued human capital. He has built long-term client relationships over the past 25 years. His work includes speaking on employee benefits and related compliance topics. He has also served on various broker advisory and leadership councils for various insurance companies.
Scott enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid golfer who loves spending time with his friends on and around the golf course. He also has fun with photography – especially taking pictures of his granddaughter, as well as traveling and dining out.
- Certified Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Professional.
- Graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with a major in Economics from Valparaiso University.
Since 1980, Jim owned Consolidated Administrators, Inc., a Denver-based benefits brokerage associated with his father’s property and casualty insurance agency. He merged Consolidated with Cherry Creek Benefits in 2016. He has extensive experience working with small and large employers.
- University of Northern Colorado—Business Administration
- The American College of Finance—RHU® Professional Designations
During his time off, Jim enjoys playing golf, and traveling with his wife, Vicki. Tropical destinations are their favorite.
Andy provides clients with a wealth of knowledge he has gained from his extensive background in the employee benefits industry. Andy has been with Cherry Creek Benefits since 2009 and became a partner in the firm in 2012. Prior to joining Cherry Creek Benefits, Andy worked at Great-West Healthcare and CIGNA where he held a variety of underwriting, sales and management positions over the course of ten years.
Andy is an expert in partially self-funded medical plans, stop loss contracts, and experience-based underwriting methodology.
Andy is the proud father of four children. He and his wife Brooke are actively involved in many sports and activities. Andy is also an avid outdoorsman, with hunting and fly-fishing being his primary pursuits. The Neff family enjoys traveling whenever possible, especially camping in the mountains of Colorado.
- Graduate of the 50 for Colorado Executive Leadership program
- B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Cari received her B.A with distinction from the University of Colorado at Denver in Psychology with minors in Communications and Sociology. After working as a mental health counselor, she changed course and joined the insurance industry. With more than 10 years of insurance experience, Cari is well-versed in consulting, negotiations, claim advocacy, and customer service. She has been with Cherry Creek Benefits since 2007 and brought with her the expertise she earned during her extensive work as an Account Manager in the brokerage community. She currently holds the designations of Registered Health Underwriter and Registered Employee Benefit Consultant from The American College of Finance. She has also served on the board of the Colorado Group Insurance Association and the United HealthCare Benefit Advisory Committee.
Cari is an expert at teaching others and explaining concepts. She provides efficient and effective employee benefits consultation which includes plan design, renewal negotiations, plan implementation, employee education, administration assistance and ongoing customer service.
Cari is a Colorado native and the mom of two very active boys. On her off time she enjoys snowboarding, camping, hiking, and all things outdoors.
- RHU®—Registered Health Underwriter: This designation is the undisputed professional credential for persons involved in the sale and service of disability income and health insurance. Individuals earning the RHU designation demonstrate a high level of knowledge about the principles and practices governing the disability income and health insurance business.
- REBC®—Registered Employee Benefit Consultant: Individuals earning the REBC designation develop an understanding of the various types of group benefits and retirement plans, and the practical knowledge needed for choosing and/or designing the best benefits package that will meet the client’s needs.
- Golden Key International Honor Society Member—Recognized for outstanding academic achievement.
- University of Colorado at Denver—B.A. with distinction in Psychology with minors in Communication and Sociology
- The American College of Finance—RHU® & REBC® Professional Designations
Cari actively supports local non-profits through charity work.
Alyssa Oligmueller, Esq.
Alyssa is a licensed attorney with the State of Colorado, and received her license in October 2016. She received her JD and a certificate in Health Law from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2016. She is excited to be a member of the Cherry Creek Benefits team. Alyssa focused her legal career on healthcare and health benefits, and has work experience reflecting her knowledge of the healthcare system. Alyssa has a diverse work background: from being a barista during law school, to working for a federal Senate committee, to in-house counsel.
Alyssa is not a Colorado native, but considers herself very close because she has lived here for 21 years. Alyssa enjoys cooking and reading just about anything. She also has knack, like the rest of her family, for finding a museum to visit anywhere she travels.
Randy has 20 years of experience in the insurance industry.
- Cherry Creek Retirement Advisors— Retirement Specialist
- GBS Retirement Services—Senior Pension Consultant
- Standard Insurance Pension—Sales Representative
- University of Denver, MBA
- University of Denver, Graduate Tax Program Continuing Education
- Indiana State University, BS Industrial Management, with Minor in Business
- Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, Center for Fiduciary Studies, Fi360
Randy served on the Executive MBA board of directors at the University of Denver. He is a member in good standing of the Western Pension Benefits Conference and of the Denver Business Series (DBS) a non-profit organization that represents more than 8,000 alumni of the world’s top-ranked and local business schools.
Randy enjoys golf, technical analysis of securities, reading, mountain adventures, reading, and alumni activities.
Jodi has more than 20 years experience in benefit plan financial analysis. Her career started in the corporate headquarters of a human resource department for a Fortune 500 company in Southern California. After relocating to Colorado, she worked for a national brokerage firm as well as a private independent firm before joining the Cherry Creek Benefits team. She primarily provides periodic claims reporting and other plan financial analytics for self-funded and partially self-funded benefits plans for mid-to large-sized groups.
Jodi specializes in analyzing high-quality, client-specific plan financial data, which includes providing client-specific reports to aid in the groups’ plan management processes. She also assists in forecasting and modeling for benefit plan funding arrangements, plus marketing fully-insured and self-funded plans.
She enjoys spending all her spare time with her family relaxing, target shooting, hiking / biking in the summer and touring the warm southern states. Winter months give way to cooking, baking and catching up on movies (and of course puzzles). Once her kids leave for college, she’d like to volunteer at church and other charitable organizations when she has respite from her caregiving role.
- Accident Health and Life Producer License
- Associate of Business Administration from Fullerton College
- Associate of Liberal Arts from Fullerton College
Born and raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Jen joined Cherry Creek Benefits in March 2015 and could not be more excited to be a part of this fabulous team.
With more than 13 years of experience on the carrier side, Jen came to Cherry Creek Benefits with a background in Account Management, self-funded Underwriting and Corporate Wellness design and implementation. Customer service is Jen’s top priority and strives to exceed customers’ expectations.
- Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, History
- Certified Wellness Program Coordinator, CWPC, Chapman Institute
In her free time, Jen enjoys spending time with her son, attending his flag football and baseball games, and playing with her adorable maltipoo, Barney. Jen has a love for traveling, especially if the destination includes anywhere warm and sunny. Her favorite destination spot is wine country in Sonoma and Napa Valley. She hopes to one day travel overseas and explore all Europe has to offer, Italy in particular.
When not at work, Jen can be found working in the yard or on home interior projects. She also enjoys spending the summertime cruising around in her 1979 VW bug convertible with her son. She is an avid sushi lover and claims she could eat it every day!
Jon joined Cherry Creek Benefits in 2016. He is a proven innovator in healthcare delivery, including clinical intervention, consumerism, healthcare finance, and risk-management methodologies. He works across a broad range of industries and partners with employers to implement practices that gain measurable control of healthcare costs.
Jon is an avid traveler, reader, and youth sports enthusiast with his two boys, Zach and Otto.
Dianne Michener began her career with a local third-party administrator and at Cigna while attending the University of Denver Women’s College.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family. During the summer and fall seasons, Dianne enjoys canning jams, jellies, salsa, and many other foods, an activity which she has enjoyed for more than 25 years. Dianne is also a professional cake-decorator and baker. She volunteers weekly as a caretaker for an elderly neighbor.
Dianne and her husband Paul, recently welcomed their first grandchild Bryan into the world.
Dianne has more than 34 years of experience in employee benefits. Since 1991, Dianne has worked on the consulting side of the business. Prior to joining Cherry Creek Benefits, she was an Account Executive/Consultant at Willis of Colorado (formerly HRH).
With a thorough understanding of the benefits business and active industry involvement, Dianne proves to be a great fit with Cherry Creek. She brings to the table a solid background in consulting, compliance, customer service and problem resolution, as well as being well-versed in funding mechanisms and products. Over the years, Dianne has served on various broker advisory and leadership councils for a number of insurance companies.
A true Colorado native, Jen was born here and now enjoys rural living with her husband, two horses, four dogs, and four cats. Caring for and working with animals is a passion of Jen’s, as she has a steady clientele of training working dogs, such as Rottweilers, Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, and Boxers. Jen’s free time is spent working on her five-acre property, fixing up her house, four-wheeling on trails in the surrounding area near her house, and enjoying time with family.
Jen comes to us after working eight years at HealthSmart Benefit Solutions, where she was the supervisor of ancillary finance. She also used to manage a vet clinic prior to her career in insurance administration.
Kim joined Cherry Creek Benefits in July of 2016. Prior to this, she was with Consolidated Administrators, Inc. brokerage firm for 20 years. Kim specializes in managing accounts of various sizes, working closely with clients on their day-to-day needs, and strives to establish a long-term, trusting relationship with them.
A native of Colorado, naturally, Kim and her husband Stan love to spend time in the great outdoors. Camping, riding ATVs, and exploring new areas around the state every chance they get. They also enjoy being pet parents to two cats, Shooter and Toby.
Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, Sherri moved to Colorado in 1994. Sherri joined Cherry Creek Benefits in February of 2016 after spending 11 years with a large brokerage firm in Denver.
With more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Sherri came to Cherry Creek Benefits with a background in account management with an emphasis on client service, handling day-to-day client issues, escalated claim resolution, billing, client/employee problem solving, and compliance. She is involved in every aspect of the client renewal process from initial review, to carrier negotiation, and finally implementation and continued administration.
Sherri enjoys spending time with her friends and family, attending concerts, and weekend getaways to the mountains. Sherri has a 5-year-old rescued shepherd mix dog named Willow that she also enjoys spending time with.
Sherri has her Resident Producer license in Accident, Health and Life. She also has an Associate Degree from South Hills Business School
Margo is a native Coloradan and also has roots in New Mexico. Her other interests include tennis, skiing, gardening, reading, photography, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Margo joins Cherry Creek Benefits as a client specialist, coordinating marketing and communications needs for the firm. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of New Mexico. In previous years she has worked at George Washington University and AAA Colorado as a communications director and managing editor, respectively. Her background includes writing and editing, marketing and communications, website development, event planning, and project management, among other things.
Cherry Creek is pleased to welcome back Nikki to the team. She has spent the past 16 years as an educator dedicated to her students but worked with Cherry Creek at the beginning of her career. She is excited to be back in the world of Employee Benefits and looks forward to assisting others.
Nikki and her family are very involved in activities with their community church. She also is a strong supporter of her alma mater.
Nikki is a mom of two small children at home where her time is filled with family fun. They enjoy activities including playing at the park, story time at the library, and playdates! She is looking forward to the new family adventures of soccer and preschool.
Nikki loves to travel and is looking forward to family vacations in the future.
Before joining the team at Cherry Creek Benefits, Joan worked as a physical therapist’s aide. She found her work very rewarding as she helped patients dealing with pain by performing various laser and electrical therapies and assisting with exercises. Additionally, Joan has held a number of sales, bookkeeping, and human resource positions for country clubs and hotels.
Physical and mental well-being are two top priorities for Joan, who works out daily. Joan prizes her family above all else, with a life goal to be the best mother she can to her son and daughter.
Originally from Warren, Ohio, Joan enjoys traveling to beautiful places like the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Mexico. When she has down time, Joan enjoys spending time with her dog Ranger and watching the TV show Chopped.
Her favorite movie is “Legends of the Fall” and her favorite food is pasta. Lasagna is her favorite type of pasta, because she loves to make her own sauce and uses her “secret recipe” meatballs.
Lisa is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Lisa has more than 18 years of experience as an employee benefits broker. She earned her Chartered Benefits Consultant designation in 2011 and has been successful in account management and advocating for employers as well as employees. Prior to working as a broker, she worked for a major insurance carrier. She excels in implementation of new benefits for companies, holding annual open enrollment meetings and keeping clients in compliance with COBRA and ACA.
Angie and her husband are outdoor enthusiasts. They enjoy taking their dogs out hiking and camping throughout all of Colorado’s beautiful seasons. They also keep busy with working on their home, building BBQs and cooking on them as well as building and working on classic cars. If there’s ever downtime, you’ll find her buried in a book.
Angie has 12 years of experience as an account manager with an emphasis on client service. She started in the insurance industry shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine. She is well-versed in the entire client-renewal process from initial review to carrier negotiation and handles all implementation and continued administration. Angie excels in assisting clients with day-to-day employee issues, eligibility situations, escalated claim issues, COBRA, billing, and employee problem-solving.
In her free time, when she isn’t buried in a new book, Laura enjoys binge-watching her favorite television shows with her husband and having in-depth discussions about Star Wars.
Laura comes to us with more than 10 years of customer service experience and is very excited to begin her new career here at Cherry Creek Benefits. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in both Archaeology and German Studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has spent the last few years in Seattle, Washington.
Dana brings over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry to our company. Starting in the Property and Casualty industry with an agency as an Account Manager, moved on to run a National Child Care Program and then worked at The Hartford as an Underwriter and ultimately as a Sales Rep. Started at Cherry Creek Benefits in 2003 until current with duties including Agency Management Systems, Payroll and new employee implementation.
Outside of work you will most likely find her on the golf course, taking care of her Silver Lab Taz or enjoying time with her granddaughter.
Vicki enjoyed a long, rewarding career as a Commercial Sales Representative with a major Property/Casualty Insurance company. She took early retirement and immersed herself in the stereotypical retiree activities of golf, travel, volunteering, enjoying friends, family and her beloved dogs.
When the opportunity to join the staff at Cherry Creek Benefits arose early in 2016, Vicki took on the challenge of learning another area of the insurance business. As Accounting Specialist, she is enjoying being part of the Cherry Creek Benefits team.