Longfellow Benefits Adds Two VPs

Lynn Gillis was hired as vice president of client services and Ryan P. McDermott, as vice president of business development by Longfellow Benefits.

Gillis works with clients on setting and reaching goals and objectives and resolving issues in employee benefits. With a background in underwriting health insurance, she specializes in complex financial analysis such as stop-loss and alternative health care plans. She is experienced in the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and flex spending account (FSA) issues. Gillis was a lead consultant with Strategic Benefit Advisors, a senior underwriter with HealthNet Northeast and a group underwriter of major accounts with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She holds bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s of science in finance from Rhode Island College.

McDermott is responsible for creating new business opportunities, meeting with entrepreneurs, financial executives, and HR professionals. Most recently he was a managing director and sales representative with consultancy McDermott & Thomas Associates, working with group health plans. Before that, he was an investment adviser at Boston Partners Financial, a general agency of John Hancock. McDermott is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.   

Longfellow Benefits, in Boston, provides consulting services for employee and executive benefits.