Who's Who in Health Care and Benefits

Sep 03, 2011

This content has been excerpted from the Indianapolis Business Journal and abbreviated.

Every business sector has influential players, whether they are in the public eye or wield their influence behind the scenes. In a monthly feature that runs in the first issue of the month through October, IBJ is identifying those people in eight industry categories.

This month, IBJ zeroes in on Health Care and Benefits. No sector of the economy has a greater impact on the fate of our personal lives and our business futures than health care and its attendant benefits. And in an era when some segments of the economy are shrinking, this segment continues to pop off its buttons, with the individuals below molding the shape of our health care future. They include health care administrators, benefits experts, insurance executives, doctors doing groundbreaking work, attorneys, CPAs and policymakers.

Sheri Alexander
Senior Vice President, Gregory & Appel Insurance

Sheri Alexander serves as the senior vice president and employee benefits department manager for Gregory & Appel. Founded in 1884, the insurance company offers employee-benefits, commercial, risk-management and personal insurance and prides itself on being the oldest and largest independently owned insurance agency in the state.

Alexander has 31 years of experience in the employee benefits consulting and brokerage field. She has been involved in mergers and acquisitions in both health care and manufacturing markets and has represented Taft-Hartley employers at the bargaining table. Before joining Gregory & Appel in 2005, she spent 15 years with Marsh & McLennan, a national brokerage firm, where she held a variety of positions, culminating as regional senior vice president for health care. Before that, she was with Gardner & White, a national brokerage firm specializing in hospital employee benefits programs.

Alexander is active on the boards of the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, the Cancer Support Community Central Indiana, United Healthcare Children’s Foundation and Gregory & Appel. She is also on the advisory boards of Anthem and United Healthcare. She is a long-standing member of the local and national Certified Employee Benefits Specialist chapters as well as of the state and national associations of health underwriters.

In 2011, Alexander celebrates her eighth year as a breast-cancer survivor. She is a regular on the Indianapolis Komen Foundation Race for the Cure Pink Honor Role (top 100) fundraisers. Alexander and her husband, Mike, live in Fishers near their daughter and her husband.