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2020 Excellence in Benefits Award Winner

December 22, 2020 by Emily Clevenger

Employers Health is honored to announce Theresa O’Callaghan, as the 2020 recipient of its fourth annual Excellence in Benefits Award. The award is presented to a leader in employee benefits in recognition of his/her meaningful impact to the industry.

O’Callaghan was nominated and unanimously selected by an independent panel of human resources and benefits industry professionals. Nominees were scored on the impact made in the field of employee benefits, achieved outcomes and contributions to the betterment of the overall workplace and community.

In her role as the executive director of benefit programs and corporate human resources at Kaman Corporation, a Bloomfield, Connecticut-based manufacturer in the aerospace and defense, industrial and medical markets, she has harmoniously integrated benefits for 16 acquired organizations and their employees, was instrumental in the creation of the organization’s company-branded benefits website, spearheaded an annual vendor summit bringing together all benefits vendors and more. Always leading with her employee-first philosophy, Theresa has worked to provide free diabetic prescriptions to plan participants and created a Kaman care package for any employees undergoing cancer treatment.

She is a member of the Women Advocating Leadership at Kaman Steering Committee, leads the organization’s Charitable Contribution Committee and is a graduate of the Kaman Leadership Development Program.

Previous winners were: 2019: Rachelle Firestone, director of benefits at The Kenan Advantage Group; 2018: Violet Vernon, senior manager, Aerojet Rocketdyne; 2017: Jessica Ward, benefits manager, Designer Brands. Nominations for the 2021 award will open in January 2021. Go to for more information.

About Employers Health

Founded in 1983, Employers Health provides aligned, independent and transparent resources, tools and expertise to help plan sponsors deliver access to high-quality health benefits at a sustainable cost. Employers and plan sponsors benefit from Employers Health’s group purchasing opportunities for pharmacy, medical, EAP services, dental and vision benefits. Employers Health began group purchasing for pharmacy benefit management services in 1995, making it one of the oldest and most established employer-founded group purchasing coalitions in the country.

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