Buckley to lead GEBA from new, more accessible headquarters as member-centric growth continues
December 14, 2020 – Washington, D.C. – The Government Employees’ Benefit Association (GEBA), a nonprofit membership association offering group and individual insurance products and financial planning services to current and retired federal employees and military, is excited to announce the appointment of Mona Buckley, MPA, CAE, as President and CEO, effective January 1, 2021.
Buckley brings over thirty years of nonprofit association management experience to GEBA, having served in executive positions at five other associations including the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA). Throughout her career, she has built an impressive track record of consistently growing membership, programs, and mission impact by applying her expertise and the same qualities that she will rely on in her new role at GEBA: a laser focus on member service and organizational strategy.
“After an exhaustive search, we couldn’t be happier to have found our next leader,” said Terry Santavicca, Member of GEBA’s Board of Directors and head of the executive search committee. “Mona not only possesses an extensive nonprofit association background but also a deep knowledge of all-things insurance, and we look forward to watching her apply her unique skillset to GEBA as we enter a new era of growth.”
Under the leadership of Michele Rackey, GEBA’s current President and CEO, the organization recently unveiled a new, more accessible website and new member-centric branding, enhanced its member services, and announced plans to move to new headquarters in Hanover, Md. in January 2021 –making now an appropriate time for Rackey to welcome new leadership after announcing her transition plans two years ago. “Michele has continuously expanded our organization during her sixteen years of fearless leadership and leaves us poised for further growth even amid the immense challenges of this past year. We are grateful for her tremendous dedication throughout her tenure and wish her all the best,” Santavicca said.
“I’m delighted to be joining GEBA at such an exciting time,” said Buckley. “The organization has grown and expanded its services significantly over its nearly 63-year history, both in terms of who it serves and how it serves them. I look forward to working with the Board and GEBA team and contributing to and building upon GEBA’s rich legacy of service for continued success and growth in 2021 and beyond.”
Now a resident of Silver Spring, Md., Buckley is a native New Yorker, a U.S. and Irish citizen, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication and a master’s in public administration from Lewis & Clark College.
Located in the Washington, D.C. region, the Government Employees’ Benefit Association, Inc. (GEBA) offers a wide array of preferred-rate insurance products, from life insurance to long-term care insurance, to current and former Federal employees, military personnel, and sponsored family members. Its team of highly-credentialed financial advisors, each possessing extensive experience with federal benefits, also provides members with comprehensive financial planning services related to retirement, investment strategy, and more through GEBA Wealth Management. Founded in 1957, GEBA has always been and will always be dedicated to providing the products and services that help secure the financial futures of its members and their families. To learn more, visit www.GEBA.com.