MEET THE TEAM

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Paul Gauthier

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Seeing a missing gap in the need to connect providers with their local Medicare population, Paul Gauthier founded MedicareCompareUSA in 2011 and served as the company’s guiding force and chief executive office through its first eight years of unprecedented growth. That growth led to a company reorganization in January 2020 and the creation of MCUSA Holding Company for which Paul serves as Chairman of the Board. In that role, he continues to be actively involved in the company’s strategic direction and growth. He brings with him a career spanning more than 40 years serving in leadership capacities with numerous organizations in the fields of hospital administration, healthcare consulting and Medicare insurance operations.

Paul began his career as a CPA with the firm of Ernst and Ernst, specializing in hospital consulting, bond issues and HCFA cost report appeals. Mr. Gauthier then spent more than a decade serving in hospital administration, program development and insurance management within the UniHealth Hospital System

During the next 12 years, Paul founded and served as chief executive officer of Olympic Health Management Systems. The corporate holdings of Olympic Health included multiple insurance agencies, a national hospital consulting practice, and the largest third party administrator for Medicare Supplement insurance. In 1997 Olympic Health was acquired by AON Corporation, and Paul served for five years as the chief architect of the national Medicare Advantage program known as Sterling Life.


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Kerri Lenderman

CEO of MedicareCompareUSA, CEO OF MCUSA Communications

After serving as CEO of MCUSA Communications since its inception and as acting CEO of MedicareCompareUSA for much of 2019, Kerri Lenderman was named CEO of the agency in January 2020, concurrent with a corporate reorganization. In her role, Kerri draws upon a diverse healthcare career spanning more than twenty-five years as well as a deep understanding of the Medicare landscape and the competitive challenges facing providers striving to secure Medicare market share and meet business objectives.

Kerri is responsible for all strategic, financial and operational planning, resources and outcomes. She also oversees MCUSA’s Ambassador Agent Program. Launched in January 2020, this specialized program is designed to build a team of dedicated field agents to support hospitals and physicians and position providers for a state of readiness when payer contract terminations occur. Agents are oriented to protect the patient-provider relationship and extend hands-on assistance to support a providers’ Medicare initiatives and objectives.

Prior to joining MCUSA Communications, Kerri worked as a national health plan consultant providing operational guidance and performing data audits. She also served as the executive director for a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring healthcare access. There her responsibilities included strategic development and management of the organization’s community programs, services and initiatives.

Kerri’s career was built on health policy research, provider education, plan contracting, and Medicare insurance operations. She provided operational oversight in the development of a claims system replicating fee-for service payments for the nation’s first private fee-for-service Medicare Advantage plan.


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Gerald Reilly

Chief Financial Officer

Gerald Reilly brings to MedicareCompareUSA more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. As chief financial officer, Gerald is responsible for fiscal and call center management functions of the organization.

He began his career at Sterling Life Insurance in 1996 as a market and financial analyst. Over the next two decades he was promoted to various positions including director of business analysis; director of actuarial services, vice president of business and financial analysis; and ultimately vice president of sales, marketing and product development. He left Sterling in 2016 to join MedicareCompareUSA.


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Charles Chaput

Chief Communications Officer

Charles Chaput has spent the past 25 years of his career exclusively working in the Medicare insurance arena. As a healthcare consultant and project manager with Olympic Health Management Systems, Charles worked closely with leading healthcare systems throughout the country toward the development, implementation and distribution of provider-owned Medicare insurance plans. By assisting healthcare providers in this capacity, Charles acquired a diverse background in the areas of Medicare insurance plan design, health system integration, and Medicare patient communication strategy.

In 2003 Charles co-founded VibrantUSA, a Medicare-specialty agency that serves over 15,000 Medicare beneficiaries by providing access to an extensive list of Medicare insurance plans. In 2007 Charles then co-founded Primary Care Insurance Services, an organization offering Medicare consulting services for primary care and multi-specialty practices throughout the state of Washington.

At MedicareCompareUSA, Charles is focused on ensuring that we assist Medicare patients by providing clear and compliant information regarding all aspects of Medicare insurance.


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Nathan Pendleton

Chief operating Officer of mcusa communications

Nathan is responsible for client growth and management and has over 20 years of healthcare sales and operations leadership experience. He has served in such capacities for several healthcare and insurance organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-up ventures.

Prior to MedicareCompareUSA, Nathan’s work experience includes Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at LifePlans, COO at GenerationOne, and VP at Optum supporting providers and payers with patient engagement solutions with a focus on senior, chronic and vulnerable populations.

Nathan’s career experience also includes launching innovative insurance products with a variety of agent distribution models.  He held national sales team management roles at HealthPlan Services (formerly Dun & Bradstreet Plan Services), Lumenos and Insurance Central.  For his tenure at Lumenos and UHC/Definity Health he was a recognized industry expert on consumer-driven healthcare programs (HSAs and HRAs).

Nathan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida. He holds several insurance licenses and is an approved continuing-education instructor for health insurance in the state of Florida.


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ALEX SIELER

National Sales Director

In his role as National Sales Director of Agency Partnerships for MedicareCompareUSA, Alex Sieler holds direct responsibility for agency growth and recruiting activities. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Alex and his team are focused on recruiting new agents and agencies to serve the needs of Medicare beneficiaries associated with our growing number of healthcare clients nationwide. With more than 600 hospitals and health systems collectively caring for 10% of the Medicare population, MedicareCompareUSA’s is the nation’s largest Medicare insurance solution network for national and community hospital systems and physician groups.

Alex brings to MCUSA a highly successful background agency and broker development in the Medicare and ancillary product space including Life and Annuities. He is particularly adept in helping agents and agencies tailor an insurance package for all types of clients and maximize every prospect opportunity. He blends this experience with the needs of our clients while bridging carrier relationships and overseeing back-office support to aid in day to day operations. Throughout his career, which includes a leadership position at Premier Senior Marketing and more recently Insurance Agency Marketing Services, Alex has helped thousands of agents and agencies in the Medicare space grow their book of business while serving the business and strategic needs of both carriers and providers.


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Caroline Marinez

Director of Physician and Agency Partnerships

Caroline is an experienced sales leader with a demonstrated history of 17 years working in the insurance industry with a focus on Medicare. She has a vast background in the business, working at HealthNet of the Northeast, Aetna, Blue Shield of California, and held the role of VP of Sales for the largest FMO in the Northeast. Caroline’s hands-on experience with creating distribution channels, recruiting, negotiation of contracts, and creating solutions for physicians to increase membership will be key in our goals. Her relationships span from national and regional insurers, FMOs, Medicare agents nationally, and physician groups. Caroline is well positioned to bridge relationships throughout the state and is very passionate about what is important to providers and beneficiaries. Caroline received a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Albertus Magnus College.


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ANNA SANCHEZ

National Sales Manager

Anna Sanchez has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years. She started as an administrator helping agents with their back-office support. She soon transitioned into a licensed agent selling Medicare and Life products due to her ambition to service clients and their needs. Her passion for administrative support allowed her to become a National Trainer to help other insurance offices implement an efficient way to manage their business to only help them grow in the long run.

Her passion for this industry is what led her to MedicareCompareUSA. Her #1 goal is to find the right health insurance plans for the senior community. Anna and her team work every day to make sure their agents are geared and trained on all the products they could need to be successful and work in the field properly.


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BRADY MUELLER

National Sales Manager

Brady began his career in the insurance industry in late 2012. He started as an Agent Recruitment Specialist for one of the largest nationwide FMO’s in the industry, Premier Companies. Working there laid the foundation for his passion and determination for success in the insurance industry. After quickly excelling as an agent recruiter, Brady then transitioned into a National Sales Manager role for MedicareCompareUSA. While representing MedicareCompareUSA, his goal is to establish a partnership and provide insurance agents with the proper tools and resources to excel in their business endeavors. His drive for success and experience in agent relationships makes him a key asset in the industry. With unrelenting attention to detail, in-depth marketing knowledge, and client loyalty; Brady will make your medicare experience great!


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Debra Schmidt

National Sales Manager

As National Sales Manager, Debra’s goal is to help agents grow their business and increase their market share utilizing the numerous resources MCUSA has to offer. Debra has hired, trained, and lead a field sales team in the Medicare, Life, Long Term Care, and Annuity arena. Debra comes to MCUSA with 20+ years in the industry and understands the challenges agents face in the field. She is solutions-driven and truly lives MCUSA’s mission of helping agents always be one step ahead of the competition. She will make sure agents receive the right support and guidance to maximize success.