ECFC Kicks Off 37th Annual Conference on Congressional Efforts for Healthcare Consumerism

Organization Welcomes New Board Appointments Along with Hill Visits

WASHINGTON--()--ECFC, the leading nonprofit organization promoting choice in benefit solutions, today announced its 37th Annual Conference taking place this week. Additionally, ECFC welcomed a new chair and co-chair of its Board of Directors, as well as new and returning officers for 2018.

37th ECFC Annual Conference

The ECFC Annual Conference takes place March 14-16 in Washington, D.C. and will feature congressional speakers, in-depth briefings, inside the beltway keynote speakers, regulatory agency, and technical panels. ECFC’s Annual Conference also includes scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with congressional members and staffers.

“ECFC members are a vital force and an essential voice in the legislative and regulatory debate surrounding tax-advantaged benefits packages, and attendees of the ECFC Annual Conference will ensure that the voices and concerns of those on the front lines of employee benefits delivery and consumption are heard,” said ECFC’s Executive Director Martin Trussell.

The keynote for ECFC’s annual Washington conference is Janet Trautwein, the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). A frequent speaker on health policy issues, Janet is an expert in health insurance markets and health plans of all sizes and frequently testifies before Congress on these issues.

Additional ECFC Annual Conference session speakers will include:

  • Jody L. Dietel, ACFCI, CAS, WageWorks
  • Dean Rosen, Sohini Gupta and Sage Eastman, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
  • John Hickman, Alston + Bird, LLP Health Benefits Practice
  • Bridget Tombul, Income Tax and Accounting Division at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel
  • Kevin Knopf, U.S. Internal Revenue Service
  • Nicky Brown, WageWorks

In addition to speaking sessions, the conference facilitates an opportunity to earn 10 CE Units toward Certification Continuing Education while networking with other members. For more information on the 37th Annual Conference, go to

ECFC Board Appointments

ECFC is excited to announce the appointment of Jody Dietel, Chief Compliance Officer of WageWorks as Chairman of the Board and Joan Christensen of First Data Healthcare Services as Co-Chair.

Jody Dietel has been a member of ECFC since its inception 37 years ago and has been elected to many positions within ECFC over that time. In her role as Chief Compliance Officer at WageWorks, Dietel navigates the maze of federal and state regulations and serves as a liaison between WageWorks and key industry groups and governing bodies.

In her role as Vice President of Healthcare Services at First Data Healthcare Services, Joan Christensen leads the healthcare team and is responsible for client services, implementations, developing new products and enhancements to existing product functionality. Christensen has been a longstanding member of ECFC serving multiple roles.

Returning officers include Chris Bryd of WEX Health as Secretary and Jeremy Miller of as Treasurer. Additionally, Gina Gerber of PayFlex, an Aetna Company and Erin Freiberg, J.D., of Employee Benefits Corporation were recently elected to At-Large Director Board positions. They will be joined by newly elected Board-Elected Directors including Ben Morris, UMB Healthcare Services and Anne Richter, Ameriflex.

In their newly elected roles, these leaders will assist in expanding ECFC’s mission of advancing healthcare consumerism.

About ECFC

ECFC is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and expanding employee benefit programs on a tax-advantaged basis. ECFC represents and promotes employee benefit programs through effective lobbying and provides education and awareness to members, compensation practitioners, national opinion leaders and the general public to help advance healthcare consumerism. ECFC, which was founded in 1981 as the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation, is the single organization that focuses its efforts on preserving, protecting and defending the tax-advantaged programs currently available to working families through employer plan sponsors.


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