Courtney Simpkiss • Chair
Courtney is Gibson’s Employee Benefits Growth Officer, a principal, and part of the executive leadership team. She will drive overall revenue, profitability, and growth.
Courtney has a passion for sales. She intuitively understands how Marketing, Sales, Product, and Finance intersect to create profitability. Ultimately, discovering and diversifying growth for the firm. She ensures that all marketing and sales activities originate from a value proposition and can provide value to Gibson. Overseeing all insights, campaigns, customer interactions, internal communications, and product development, Courtney will be responsible for optimizing the overall customer experience while analyzing current systems and implementing cutting-edge tools for growth.
Before being promoted to Growth Officer, Courtney joined Gibson in 2018 as the Indianapolis Market Leader and Director of Business Development for Employee Benefits and Commercial Risk. Prior to joining Gibson, she held a variety of roles at ADP such as Vice President of Sales for Indiana, Vice President of ADP’s national Broker Channel Program, and General Manager for ADP TotalSource.
Cathy Stoll • Vice Chair
Cathy Stoll serves as marketing communications and community outreach director for Indiana University Health’s Indianapolis Suburban Region, which includes IU Health West, North, Tipton and Saxony hospitals. Cathy has been part of the IU Health team for 20 years and was a member of the leadership team that opened IU Health West in Avon in December 2004.
In addition to her work with IU Health, she currently serves as chairperson of the Hendricks County Health Partnership advisory board, and previously served as chairperson of the United Way of Hendricks County advisory board—which includes board service representing Hendricks County on the larger United Way of Central Indiana board.
An Indiana University graduate, Cathy and her family are proud to call Brownsburg home. As a mom to a Brownsburg High School and Indiana Expos baseball player, you’ll often find her, and her aching back, on the bleachers at a local ball field.
Jennifer Andres • Secretary
Mike Hurst • Treasurer
Mr. Hurst is the Regional President for the Indianapolis region of First Merchants Bank, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Commercial Banking for two years. He began his career as a regulator for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis – Office of Thrift of Supervision, where he remained for 8 years. Mike worked for National City Bank from 1994 until 2009, when he joined First Merchants.
He is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and Master of Science in Management.
Mike is active in the community and sits on various boards including Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center, where he serves as President of the Board of Directors, and the Morgan County Economic Development Corporation.
He has been married since 1987 to Pamala, and they have two children, Jacob and Elena. Mike and his family reside in Martinsville.
Dr. Christine Bender, MD • Member at Large
Christine Bender is a Pediatrician at Hendricks Pediatrics, a job she has held since 1996. She attended Vanderbilt University for Undergraduate studies, Indiana University for Medical School and completed her residency at Riley Hospital for Children serving as Chief Resident her final year. She is passionate about serving children and was excited to join the board of Susie’s Place in 2019.
Christine resides in Avon with her husband and their three children. She serves on the Outpatient Committee for Hendricks Regional Health and works with the high school peer group at St. Susanna.
Kisha Berland • Member at Large
Kisha joined Marathon Health in 2016 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including director of wellness and account executive prior to being promoted to Vice President of Market Development in 2020. Kisha is considered a thought leader among the corporate wellness community for her 15+ years of experience in wellness product & strategy, wellness research, and health coaching.
She works alongside other experts to develop evidence-based wellness solutions and has consulted with a variety of employers on effective wellness program designs. Kisha is also a sought-after presenter on the local and national stage. She received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois and her Master’s degree in Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Kisha and her husband reside in Indianapolis and enjoy staying active with their three boys, and she continues to serve in academia as an adjunct professor at IUPUI.
Sylvia Lowe • Member at Large
Sylvia Lowe is a Banking Center Manager for Old National Bank. She started in finance when she was 19 and has grown with the company in many ways. As a manager she enjoys mentoring and growing her teams to be well-rounded in finance. She develops meaningful relationships with her clients and is involved in the Bloomington Community.
She loves serving on 100 Cooks Who Care, Ellettsville and Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, ACE Team Committee where she is the Leader for the Bloomington market and the finance committee for her church.
She and her husband are honored to sponsor three students in Nicaragua to help continue their growth and education. They have one daughter who keeps them active in outdoor activities and gymnastics.
Wes Mantooth • Member at Large
Wes is a Principal and Consultant in the Employee Benefits Practice. He is responsible for working with employers to analyze their existing employee benefits program and assist with the vetting and implementation of innovative and unique programs to drive member engagement and enhance the healthcare experience for all stakeholders.
Prior to joining Gibson in 2008, Wes was employed at the Indianapolis office of Mercer, working with a variety of clients in the financial services, education, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. He was also responsible for the oversight of the small and middle-market divisions for the Indianapolis office. Wes began his insurance career with Aon Consulting in 1999.
Emily Shaw • Member at Large
Emily Shaw is a Sales Trainer, Coach, and Consultant at Lushin. In her role, Emily focuses on training teams, coaching leaders and helping companies develop strategies, processes, employee development plans, and custom training to enable them to achieve greater success.
Emily has a love of all things sales, but her true passion resides in helping others. The changes made in individual employees that impact the quality of life for themselves and their families are her “why”.
Emily has been volunteering in the communities in which she has lived since she was a teenager. Since the age of 13, she has volunteered her time to her local YMCA’s Daycare, nursing homes, children’s ministry, The Lydia Home Association, The Children’s Bureau, Habitat for Humanity, and Girls Inc.
Emily lives in Fishers with her husband and two daughters.
Jared Stark • Member at Large
Jared L. Stark, who has served in executive leadership positions with several healthcare organizations, has been named senior vice president of healthcare development at Duke Realty. In his new role, Stark will oversee all phases of healthcare facility development and acquisition, including strategic and service line planning, budgeting, due diligence and negotiations, operations management, client and physician relations, partnership and business development, government relations, and quality improvement.
Most recently, Stark served as CEO of University Hospital & Clinics, a full-service, acute-care hospital that serves South Central Louisiana and more than 400,000 patients annually. In this role, he led the campus-wide strategic development and operational execution of system-wide initiatives, with full responsibility for quality, patient satisfaction, profitability, and regulatory compliance.
He also has served in several leadership positions at Indianapolis-based Franciscan St. Francis Health, a full-service, general acute care hospital that serves 175,000 patients annually, and in executive positions at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana, and Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois.
Stark earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College in Indiana. He received a Regents Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2011 and a Rising Star Award from the Indianapolis Star in 2010 and has earned FACHE designation.