Staff

Barry S. Cohn
President
818-444-7722 extension 207
barry@rgeb4u.com

Barry S. Cohn is President & CEO of RGEB Employee Benefits and has been with the company since 2000. Prior to joining RGEB, Barry was responsible for Southern California middle market banking at Imperial Bank. Barry also spent 17 years at 1st Business Bank where he managed a middle market corporate group.

Barry holds a bachelor's degree in economics from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Barry serves on the board of the West Valley Warner Center Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, VICA and the Valley Economic Alliance.

Barry and his wife, Renee, reside in West Hills with their goldendoodle, Shomer Chai.

Barry spends his free time watching and attending UCLA football and basketball games, researching his family tree, reading and attempting to lower his golf handicap.

Certificates:
ERISA Compliance and How to Survive an Audit
Health Care Reform Advisor
Affordable Care Act (ACA)

 

Renee Glickman Cohn
Executive Vice President
818-444-7722 extension 206
renee@rgeb4u.com

Renee Glickman Cohn is Executive Vice President of RGEB Employee Benefits in charge of client relations, operations and is our founder and visionary. She formed Renee Glickman Employee Benefits in 1997 which became RGEB Employee Benefits in 2000. Prior to creating her own employee benefits insurance agency she worked for Blue Cross of California for 16 years.

Renee began her career in the health insurance industry in 1981 as a customer service rep working with small companies in California. After 3 years she became the Special Assistant to the President of Blue Cross.

In this position she was a liaison with the Department of Insurance and worked with the California state legislature in drafting and implementing Small Business Health Insurance legislation AB1672 and worked on special projects in the areas of small group and individual health insurance.

Renee’s next assignment was Regional Sales Administrator where she created and implemented the regional sales manager program in California to interface with Blue Cross agents with respect to products and sales. She led the first team of regional sales managers in California which is now the national model for Anthem Blue Cross in 14 states.

In 1989 she became a Regional Sales Manager responsible for all small group and individual product sales in the San Fernando Valley where she worked with 600 Blue Cross agents, implemented and marketed new small group health insurance products, trained individual agents and developed sales training seminars in Southern California for Blue Cross

Renee holds a bachelor's degree in communication California State University Northridge (CSUN).

Certificates:
Health Care Reform Advisor
Affordable Care Act (ACA)

 


Lloyd S. Ettinger
Executive Vice President
818-444-7722 extension 208
lloyd@rgeb4u.com

Lloyd Ettinger is Executive Vice President of RGEB Employee Benefits in charge of Large Group marketing. Lloyd joined RGEB in 2001 to create the large group area of the firm. Prior to joining RGEB he was Senior Vice President of MDM Associates and Gallagher Benefit Services.

Lloyd was in charge of the Employee Benefits Department at MDM Associates for 11 years focusing primarily on large companies with 100 to 2,000 employees. He built the department into one of the leading large group employee benefit brokers in Southern California until MDM Associates was acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher in 1998. He remained with Gallagher for 3 years integrating the MDM Associates employee benefit business with Gallagher’s San Fernando Valley and two LA offices.

Prior to joining MDM Associates he was in charge of employee benefits for 10 years at Hoffman Brown, a leading property and casualty insurance brokerage.

Lloyd holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California (USC).

Lloyd resides with his wife Lucy in Malibu and spends considerable time enjoying the island of Maui. Lloyd and Lucy are blessed with Kelly, Brian, Seth and Peter who keep them stimulated. He has a passion for anything USC.

 

Dana Sharon
Account Manager/Employee Advocate
818-444-7722 extension 213
dana@rgeb4u.com

Dana Sharon oversees Client Services at RGEB and is an Account Manager/Employee Advocate and works with our large group clients and their employees. Dana has been with RGEB since 2005. She is bi-lingual and assists our Hebrew speaking clients and their employees.

Dana is an expert in Medicare, is AHIP certified as well as certified and appointed with every carrier in CA for Medicare Part D drug plans.

She lives in Calabasas with her husband, Dany.

 

celiaCelia Cohn-Derin
Account Manager/Employee Advocate
818-444-7722
celia@rgeb4u.com

Celia Cohn-Derin joined RGEB in March of 2014 as an Employee Advocate Account Manager after 5 years with one of the leading General Agencies in California. She works with both small group and large group business and takes pride in helping the entire client, from the executive level down to the employees and their families.

When she is not at the office, Celia and her husband enjoy walking through their local Farmer’s Market and occasional cooking class.

 

Shari Hyman
Account Manager/Employee Advocate
818-444-7722
shari@rgeb4u.com

Shari Hyman joined Really Great Employee Benefits in 2013 as an Employee Advocate/Account Manager in our Individual and Medicare area.

She graduated from College and was a Food Service Manager for 2 different nursing homes in the Southern California area. Shari’s first job in the insurance industry was as an Accounts Payable clerk at a large property & casualty agency. She stopped working when her daughter was born in 1998 to be a mom. In 1998 when her son was in kindergarten, she started working part time in an insurance office.

Shari enjoys helping others understand their health insurance options so they will be able to make educated and informed choices.

Shari has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Administration, with a Minor in Accounting from Cal State University at Chico, also known as Chico State.

She has been married to her husband Roger since 1995 and they have 2 children. For fun they love to go to Disneyland, spend time with family and participate in scouting activities.

 

Rebeca Coco
Account Manager/Employee Advocate
818-444-7722
rebeca@rgeb4u.com

Rebeca started at Really Great Employee Benefits in June 2014 as a receptionist, then an administrative assistant and is now an Employee Advocate/Account Manager.

Rebeca says “Health insurance is not easy to understand and is pretty frustrating if you know little about it, but helping someone learn about it, understand it and make it one less source of frustration is a good thing to me.”

Rebeca graduated from Options for Youth Charter Schools and Pacoima Skills Center 2011.

Rebeca has amazing parents and 3 brothers who can be caring and loving when they feel like it. She love traveling to new places, enjoys museums and old TV shows. She really likes detective books or shows and learning new things.
Rebeca has her Life and Health insurance license.

 

peterPeter Ettinger
Producer/Account Manager
818-444-7722
peter@rgeb4u.com

Peter Ettinger joined RGEB in 2010 after graduating UCSB in business. Peter worked with RGEB in client services during school breaks. Peter is bi-lingual and assists with open enrollment meetings and works with employees of our clients who speak Spanish.

Peter has a passion for helping people which is why the health insurance industry appealed to him. He spends much of his time on the beaches of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and enjoys movies of all sorts. He also enjoys acting, surfing, running and sports of all kinds.

His friends and family, including those at RGEB, always keep him smiling and on his toes which is why he never has the privilege of boredom.

License: 0G75818

 

Barbara Archer
Producer/Account Manager
818-444-7722
barbara@rgeb4u.com

Barbara began her insurance career in 1975. Her expertise is in the design and implementation of management systems for administering employee benefit programs. This unique administrative system alleviates most if not all of her client's day-to-day administration of their employee benefit plans. Barbara maintains that what happens after the sale is just as important as before the sale. She and her staff work with clients to make their benefit programs run smooth and trouble-free.

Barbara's specialties include Group Medical, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, Life & AD&D, Cafeteria Plans, Health Savings Accounts, Consumer Directed Health Plans.

License: 0757457

 

Fred D. Hund
Office Administrator & Operations Manager
818-444-7722 extension 205

Fred D Hund joined RGEB, after the dog days of summer, 2003 as manager of facilities and administration. Fred has spent many years handling administrative duties and facilities for several companies.

Fred loves the outdoors including walking in the hills and is fond of Southern California’s natural fauna, especially indigenous trees. He is an avid collector of fire hydrants and has one of the largest collections in the San Fernando Valley. Fred also has a loyal basset hound who travels with him on his daily hikes.

Fred brings a new dimension to RGEB and will assist us as we continue to grow.

 

Ronni Kopulsky
Office Manager
818-444-7722 extension 211
ronni@rgeb4u.com

Ronni Kopulsky joined RGEB in June 2003 as controller. She most recently was affiliated with Brock & Associates, a leading HR consulting firm where she was responsible for administration. She brings over 15 years experience in financial management and office administration.

Ronni resides in Encino with her husband and their two children.

 

HR Consultants

 

Brent Yarkin

Brent Yarkin
HR Consultant
818-444-7722
brent@rgeb4u.com

Brent Yarkin joined Really Great Employee Benefits in May 2017 as an HR Consultant. His main responsibilities include: HR technology solutions including Employee Navigator, HR, ACA, ERISA & HIPPA Compliance solutions and conducting HR & Employee Benefit Assessments for our clients.

Brent has years of experience working in e-commerce managing sales support, billing, and customer service teams. Brent received his BA in Music from UCSB and his MBA in Human Resources and Marketing from Tel Aviv University.

Brent is also a BJCP Certified Beer Judge and home brewer. He is passionate about board games, craft beer, game of thrones, and fantasy football.

 

Dawn Kaplan Lister

Dawn Kaplan-Lister
HR Consultant

Dawn M. Kaplan-Lister is the principal owner of Kaplan HR. Prior to founding her HR Consulting company, she was Human Resource Director for Strategic Partners, Inc. and held various executive positions in the Human Resources industry for over ten years, including leadership roles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Ryland Homes and Mortgage, and eMachines Internet, Inc.

With over a decade of experience in diverse industries, Dawn delivers in-depth knowledge in employee relations, recruitment, compliance, benefits administration, and policies and procedures management. She also has created and implemented a variety of successful pre-employment assessment, employee development, and state and federal compliance initiatives. Dawn works independently with senior managers to develop and implement strategies that make organizations more efficient, boost employee productivity and morale, and help integrate HR into a successful overall corporate culture.

Dawn is a member of several professional affiliations including Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA). She holds a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut.

 

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Janet Petroff
HR Consultant

Janet Petroff founded Petroff Consulting Group 15 years ago to bridge the gap that small and medium-size companies face when challenges arise in the areas of human resources. She brings more than 25 years’ experience in a multitude of disciplines to her clients.

She provides executive-level expertise to small- and medium-sized companies when they didn't need or have the budget for full-time HR experts. Her clients range in size from 10 employees to 200 employees.

The businesses are in a variety of industries such as jewelry manufacturing, higher education, flavor production, magazine publishing, Internet game development, TV production, non-profits, and medical labs.

Janet has served as the Director of HR and consults on HR projects for her clients.

Janet has assisted employers in a variety of areas including:

• resolving employee relations issues
• training staff
• coaching executives
• managing time and attendance and payroll
• establishing HR departments,
• writing policies and procedures
• administering workers' comp and safety programs
• ensuring compliance with CA and other states’ labor laws,
• writing and revising handbooks, and job descriptions,
• coaching managers with employee disciplinary actions
• conducting sexual harassment and other trainings

Before consulting she was the VP, Administrative Services for Weider Health and Fitness and worked for them as a consultant for 9 years after its sale.

She graduated with honors from California Lutheran University having earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management and Organizational Development. She has her 10-Hour OSHA Certification.

 

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Maria Cordova
HR Consultant

Maria is the President and Founder of HR consulting firm, HumanageHR. She has over 10 years of proven success in building high-performance organizations through better use of human capital. Early on in her career she discovered that organizations with engaged and empowered employees are more productive and profitable. Areas of expertise include team and leadership development, conflict resolution, talent management, labor law compliance, leaves of absence management, cultural strategy, and employee engagement and retention methods.

With a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification with the HR Certification Institute, and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional Certification, Maria is experienced in positioning companies for growth through systematic improvement.

Maria has developed and implemented successful policies and cultural strategies at start-up companies and has also led the HR department at high-growth organizations developing them into fully-functioning, strategic business partners. Her HR leadership skills are instrumental in helping organizations navigate through the complex hurdles of employment laws and applying best practices that better position them for success.