Our Team

Robert A. Cohen, Managing Partner

Robert A. Cohen is Founder and Managing Partner of AllianceBenefits, a Mid-Atlantic based employee benefits services firm that specializes in providing health plans and group employee benefits to small/mid-size employers all the way to the Fortune 50 corporation. Rob has over 25 years experience as a health care and employee benefits professional in the mid-Atlantic region. He works closely with business owners and executives, gaining an in depth understanding of company goals, employee culture, and the business model to best meet client needs. Rob is very effective in assessing the cost/benefit of company plans and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Prior to founding AllianceBenefits, he served as vice president of human resources for Computer Data Systems, Inc., director of compensation and benefits for Washington Gas Light Company, and director of data consulting with Health Management Strategies, International (formerly a division of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, now CareFirst).

Prior to his career in human resources and employee benefits, Rob was the sports producer for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He also spent three years as a broadcast associate at ABC Sports in New York.

Rob has a masters of hospital and health services administration at Central Michigan University, a M.Ed. at the University of Maryland in human resources development, and a B.A. also at the University of Maryland in Speech - Radio, Television and Film.

Rob served on the board of directors of the HR TechNet Organization (President), Network to Improve Community Health (Treasurer), Pindell Wood HOA (President), Oseh Shalom Synagogue (VP), Kaiser Permanente (broker council), and CareFirst Blue Cross & Blue Shield (broker council). He also served on the board of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Aetna-US Healthcare advisory Board, Maryland Health Care Coalition, Merck advisory board, SmithKline Beecham advisory board, GlaxoWellcome advisory board, Schering-plough advisory board and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

Rob is married with two girls. He resides with his family in Fulton, Maryland.

Hunter Adair | Partner, Retirement & Exec Benefits

Hunter is a Partner at AllianceBenefits and works with businesses to provide planning solutions to improve and develop the areas of Qualified and non Qualified retirement plans. He works with the owners, executives and key people to create supplemental executive benefits and seamless risk management. He has an expertise in developing life and disability plans for key person, buyout, stock redemption and liquidity planning. Hunter develops relationships with clients and works closely with them on creation and implementation of these plans. He is a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Hunter resides in Baltimore with his wife Christine and their son.

Raymond Chan | VP, Business Development

Raymond is the VP of Business Development at AllianceBenefits. Before joining Alliance Benefits, Raymond developed sales offices for the Metro DC area, where he specialized in voluntary benefits and cross selling insurance products. Raymond focused his attention on consumer driven health plans and voluntary insurance products to help businesses reduce costs effectively and broaden their benefits portfolio. He has experience servicing small and large businesses to include some of the Fortune 500 companies in the area.

Mr. Chan received his B.S. degree in Economics from University of Maryland and volunteers as a Wish Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic Make-A-Wish foundation.

Maureen Bretz | Benefits/P&C Consultant

Maureen is the Benefits/P&C Consultant at AllianceBenefits. Her responsibilities include the request, comparative analysis and presentation of client proposals, account maintenance, management of existing renewal policies, installation of new policies, and reconciliation of billing or benefit administration issues.

Prior to joining AllianceBenefits, Maureen developed a career over 11 years as Portfolio Manager of Money Market and Fixed Income Securities for The Calvert Group. She developed and implemented strategies to manage flagship portfolios, and along with her management team, set precedence for successfully hedging municipal portfolios with treasury options and futures. Her portfolios received the highest performance ratings from Morningstar and Lipper. She received her Series 7 and Chartered Market Technician I & II.

Maureen also has several years of management experience within a service and performance related industry for which she received an award for excellence and dedication in achieving standards for quality of service.

She also served on the Missions committee and Missions Support Subcommittee of her church for several years as coordinator of missions conferences and events, support to 54 missionary families, manager of database, financial reporting and publications.
Maureen is the mother of three and resides in Fulton, Maryland.

John Lefkowits PH.D | Director, Work/Life Programs

John is the Director of Work/Life Programs at AllianceBenefits. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed psychologist in Maryland. John is also a former sports psychologist for University of Maryland Sports Medicine and a regular contributor to Howard County Business Journal. He is co-founder of a multidisciplinary health care practice. John is on the Board of Advisors at Howard County NeoTech Incubator and Board of Directors at Columbia Association Medical Advisory Board.

Ian Summer | Long Term Care Specialist

Ian is the Long Term Care Specialist for AllianceBenefits. He has 30 years experience as a Small Business Owner and 10 years as a VP of a major national department store chain. Ian has a B.S.in Marketing from The American University located in Washington D.C. He was Captain in the US Army and is a Vietnam Veteran.

Meghan Tieff | Director, Wellness

Meghan is the Director of Wellness at AllianceBenefits. She is a nationally known fitness model who has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan, In Style, Shape, Muscle and Fitness Hers and Oxygen magazines, just to name a few. She has a series of successful fitness DVDs available worldwide, and is also frequently seen as the Under Armour “underwear girl.”

Meghan believes that anyone can achieve anything they set their mind to, and she loves to empower people with the knowledge that they are in control of their own health, fitness and happiness. Her motto is “your body is the product of your thoughts.”

Meghan is certified in National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Sports Science Association (ISSA), Power Pilates, Zumba, Checchetti Council of
America, Cycle Reebok Foundation Training and Cardio Kickboxing.

Meghan is married with a son and resides in the Annapolis area.

Camryn Cohen | Technical Writer

Camryn is the Technical Writer for AllianceBenefits. She is an undergraduate studying creative writing and literature at Salisbury University. She is the newest member of our team and takes care of the rhetoric and linguistic portion of the company.