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Meet the Team

GEBA Executive Team

Mona Buckley

Mona Buckley, MPA, CAE 
President/Chief Executive Officer


Mona Buckley is a thirty-year nonprofit association executive who over the course of her career has served as the chief staff executive of four associations, as well as related Foundations and a for-profit subsidiary.

Her professional experience includes serving as CEO of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA) for twelve years. PIMA is the trade association for organizations providing association- and employer-sponsored insurance, financial, and other member benefits, products, and services. She also spent fifteen years leading legal/bar association groups, serving members and the justice system.

Mona has a reputation for a laser focus on member-service and for driving strategy that grows member programs and expands mission impact.  She is an active member and leader of the American Society of Association Executives and has served on the board of directors of the University of Oregon Alumni Association and the National Association of Bar Executives. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Lewis & Clark College (Oregon) and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

Mona was raised in New York City and Ireland and her passport is her most prized possession–along with Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl and National Championship games memorabilia (even though they lost all three bowl games she attended).

Chris Cooney

Chris Cooney 
Director of Marketing and Communications


As GEBA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Chris engages with GEBA members at events, through communications or when you stop in. Any opportunity to learn how we can best serve your needs and get to know you personally is a wonderful one!

Chris’ background includes all aspects of marketing, strategy, and branding in member organizations, consulting, healthcare, and banking.

Chris was born and raised in Pittsburgh and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Rocco, but frequently returns to Pittsburgh to see her son, Michael. She is an ardent Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but really just a total sports fan – ESPN is one of her favorite stations!

Shelly Giuliano

Shelly Giuliano
Sr. Marketing and Product Manager


As the Sr. Product Manager for the Government Employees’ Benefit Association — a nonprofit promoting access to insurance and investment options — Shelly Giuliano is the subject matter expect for insurance products. 

With a broad knowledge of insurance products available in the market and a focus on awareness and education, Shelly provides objectivity to the many insurance options federal employees have. She is responsible for research and evaluating insurance plan features to support the needs of GEBA members and all federal employees. 

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GEBA Board of Directors

GEBA’s Board of Directors is comprised of active employees and retirees who are members of GEBA. They are elected by the membership to serve a three year term. Board members provide strategic and financial oversight of the association.


2021 Board of Directors

Terry Santavicca, Retired DOD

Kira Fuller, Active DOD

Barbara Fordyce, Active DOD

Tim Mohr, Retired DOD


Dawn Bedlivy, Active, DOD
Ron Carback, Active DOD
Dr. Lenora Peters Gant, Retired DOD
Johanna Harper, Active DOD
Michele Howe, Active DOD
Lavade Phillips, Active DOD
Ben Vasconcells, Active DOD

Board Responsibilities

Member Services Team

You can depend on our Member Services team to answer any questions, help with claims, coordination of benefits — anything you need. They are perhaps your most valuable member benefit. Insurance can get complicated, and with GEBA, you have real people you can call or email anytime for help. Truly dedicated to serving you, members of our team have been with us for years — some for even a decade or more. When you reach out, you’ll be directed to the person who is a specialist on the insurance coverage you need help with, and you can expect a timely, friendly, knowledgeable response.

To reach a Member Services representative, call (800) 826-1126 or email


Missy Sommers
Members Services and Operations Manager

Phebe Ferguson
Member Services Representative

Gloria Young
Member Services Representative

Diane Bové
Office Coordinator

GEBA Wealth Management Team

Greg Klingler, CFP®, ChFEBCSM, FPASM
Director, Wealth Management

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Kateri Turner, CFP®, ChFC®, ChFEBCSM
Financial Advisor

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Chris Fagiolo, ChFEBCSM
Financial Advisor

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Eric Edwards, FRCSM
Financial Advisor

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Victor Concha
Financial Advisor

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Kimberly Smith
Financial Advisor Assistant

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