Welcome to the new age of Benefits Management

Why We're Better

Welcome to the new age of Benefits Management

Why We're Better

Technology Meets Human Resources

Make managing human resources more efficient - and your job easier. Learn how EBS is taking benefits into the future while still offering the person-to-person attention you depend on.

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Our Team

We're not your average brokers. And that's a good thing.

Jordan Sganga

Client Manager

The Early Years: Cosmopolitan Kiddo

Jordan earned her love of traveling in childhood. A Navy Brat and eldest of five children (one brother and three step-siblings), she was born in California and has lived in - count 'em - six states. She began her high school career in sunny Orlando but completed it in Maryland. Apparently, she pitched herself as an excellent softball player, earning a scholarship to attend UMBC where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. Analysis tells us it was a great start to a people-oriented career!  

What we know about Jordan:  The Odyssey continues

2016 saw Jordan graduate and begin her career in IT staffing. She joined EBS in 2017. Never one to sit still for long, her free time is spent huffing and puffing - working out, playing softball and football, and even bowling in a league with her dad, granddad, and boyfriend. Still, what is life without a little twang? Jordan spends her passive energy soaking in the music that speaks to her most - Country! And there's always an occasion to play a little Eminem and "anything with a beat I can nod to."

True to her gypsy roots, she has visited 21 states to date and her lifetime goal is to experience all 50.

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Fun Facts

Music In Her Genes: I was a band nerd from 6th to 10th grade. Yep, I wore the very attractive band uniform at high school football games.

She Dives In-Hard: I've been Skydiving and would love to go rocky mountain climbing.

R&R is a Lifestyle:  I live in Nap Town. And Yes I love to nap!

Exotic Travel? Well, I have been to Cuba!

A Not-So-Secret Treat: I Iove to cook and Pinterest is my cookbook! 

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Lauren Burk

Client Coordinator

Early Years: Girl Next Door

Lauren lived in the same house in a small town outside of Baltimore since birth. "It's the type of town where everyone knows everyone." Lauren went on to don the Catonsville High Comets uniform, playing lacrosse her freshman and sophomore years and field hockey all 4 years. At Salisbury University, Lauren juggled a major in psychology, intramural field hockey and softball, and a whole lot of (a-hem!) "study time" at her family's nearby Ocean City condo. However, our Lauren is not one to build sandcastles in the air. To prepare for the global stage, she studied in Edinburgh, Scotland during her last college semester. "It's the coolest city ever!" She also studied in Barcelona, Spain while in grad school.

What we know about Lauren: Industrial Strength

Undergraduate degree in hand, Lauren set her sights even higher. "The best decision I ever made was to pursue a Master of Science degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Baltimore," she explains. She received a fellowship with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at UB and worked there part-time while a full-time student. "It was exhausting, challenging, and worth it," she notes. "I see such potential between employee benefits and IO psychology here at EBS."

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Fun Facts

The Travel Continues: I've traveled to 6 countries and in 2016 went to Banff National Park in Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana. They were the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

Sing It Loud: I used to write my own songs and sing them at coffee houses...that was my chance to become famous!

The Fire Within: I Love camping! We had a huge family/friend camping trip every year for 16 years but stopped due to a change in the drinking law in Maryland State Parks. This year, we're toting our coolers to West Virginia!

New Wave: The guys in my family are all surfers and so was I when I was younger. I stopped after an accident 4 years ago. But at least I caught the wave!

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Leo Gallagher

Managing Partner

Early Years

Leo is definitely one to learn from experience. Case in point: at age five, a curious bear followed Leo and family for several hours during a hike in Yellowstone National Park. When 6, he was separated from his family while traveling in San Felipe Mexico-at 10:00 p.m. (couldn't find them for hours). After all of that, Leo figured, why not hitch a ride to Tijuana Mexico in the trunk of a 1977 Chevrolet Impala to hang out with friends? Just seemed natural. While traveling with his family in Paris at age 21, Leo crashed a private party on Thanksgiving holiday (he knew not one stich of French but befriended another party goer and hung out dancing until dawn). But this kid is sharp. As an adult, he avoids crashing parties, Mexico, bears and car trunks! (Truth or Dare?)

What we know about Leo.

Life on the bright side has its benefits.

Not one to choose traditional ensembles, Leo prefers bright complements to his attire. A purple stripe here, a happy print there. But life on the bright side comes with careful planning. His approach to benefits is much the same. With 14 years in health and welfare under his belt, Leo joined partners Robert and Ryan at what was once Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Their partnership grew a small "Mom and Pop shop" to the fastest-growing benefits office in the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and Leo lead negotiations to purchase the company in 2010, forming EBS of Maryland.

Leo earned his stripes on the ancillary carrier side selling group disability, life and dental contracts for Assurant Employee Benefits. Prior to his benefits career, Leo spent five years as an Area Sales representative, Territory Manager and Assistant Channel Marketing Manager for Black and Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group for their Home Depot Account.

When he is not working, Leo enjoys spending time with his wife, cooking, playing golf, and traveling.

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Scott Melson

Client Advisor

Early years

Give him an "O!" Give him an "R"! Give him an "I"! Oh heck, let's just say Scott loved going to Orioles games as a kid. Like, practically since birth. He is also the son of a marathon runner, so he had plenty of opportunities to get his Forrest Gump on as a kid. His sporty days continued while attending Damascus High School, including playing baseball and football. To this day, he still loves fitting a long distance run or backpack adventure with friends in when he can.

What we know about Scott

Scott's pretty good at performing "marathon workdays", too. We can attest to that. "I love my job and how it gives me the opportunity to meet new people and help put businesses in a better place," he affirms. With four children under the age of 7, he stays busy at home, too! "Life is insane," he confirms, "And I love it. I'm also an Elder at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church and love to work with people in the congregation."

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Fun Facts

Kicking It: I am a "bloody" huge Arsenal Football Club fan.  

The Good Life: Scotch, a Cigar, and a fire pit. Makes a night good.  

Jump Start:  As a freshman, I joined friends who noticed kids jumping off a bridge in a town that a friend just moved to. A few bloody noses later after jumping off the top, the other kids told us (with wide eyes) they only ever jumped off of the support beams, 40 feet below us!

More Team Members
  • Jordan Sganga

    Client Manager

    The Early Years: Cosmopolitan Kiddo

    Jordan earned her love of traveling in childhood. A Navy Brat and eldest of five children (one brother and three step-siblings), she was born in California and has lived in - count 'em - six states. She began her high school career in sunny Orlando but completed it in Maryland. Apparently, she pitched herself as an excellent softball player, earning a scholarship to attend UMBC where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. Analysis tells us it was a great start to a people-oriented career!  

    What we know about Jordan:  The Odyssey continues

    2016 saw Jordan graduate and begin her career in IT staffing. She joined EBS in 2017. Never one to sit still for long, her free time is spent huffing and puffing - working out, playing softball and football, and even bowling in a league with her dad, granddad, and boyfriend. Still, what is life without a little twang? Jordan spends her passive energy soaking in the music that speaks to her most - Country! And there's always an occasion to play a little Eminem and "anything with a beat I can nod to."

    True to her gypsy roots, she has visited 21 states to date and her lifetime goal is to experience all 50.

    Fun Facts

    Music In Her Genes: I was a band nerd from 6th to 10th grade. Yep, I wore the very attractive band uniform at high school football games.

    She Dives In-Hard: I've been Skydiving and would love to go rocky mountain climbing.

    R&R is a Lifestyle:  I live in Nap Town. And Yes I love to nap!

    Exotic Travel? Well, I have been to Cuba!

    A Not-So-Secret Treat: I Iove to cook and Pinterest is my cookbook! 

    More Team Members
  • Lauren Burk

    Client Coordinator

    Early Years: Girl Next Door

    Lauren lived in the same house in a small town outside of Baltimore since birth. "It's the type of town where everyone knows everyone." Lauren went on to don the Catonsville High Comets uniform, playing lacrosse her freshman and sophomore years and field hockey all 4 years. At Salisbury University, Lauren juggled a major in psychology, intramural field hockey and softball, and a whole lot of (a-hem!) "study time" at her family's nearby Ocean City condo. However, our Lauren is not one to build sandcastles in the air. To prepare for the global stage, she studied in Edinburgh, Scotland during her last college semester. "It's the coolest city ever!" She also studied in Barcelona, Spain while in grad school.

    What we know about Lauren: Industrial Strength

    Undergraduate degree in hand, Lauren set her sights even higher. "The best decision I ever made was to pursue a Master of Science degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Baltimore," she explains. She received a fellowship with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at UB and worked there part-time while a full-time student. "It was exhausting, challenging, and worth it," she notes. "I see such potential between employee benefits and IO psychology here at EBS."

    Fun Facts

    The Travel Continues: I've traveled to 6 countries and in 2016 went to Banff National Park in Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana. They were the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

    Sing It Loud: I used to write my own songs and sing them at coffee houses...that was my chance to become famous!

    The Fire Within: I Love camping! We had a huge family/friend camping trip every year for 16 years but stopped due to a change in the drinking law in Maryland State Parks. This year, we're toting our coolers to West Virginia!

    New Wave: The guys in my family are all surfers and so was I when I was younger. I stopped after an accident 4 years ago. But at least I caught the wave!

    More Team Members
  • Leo Gallagher

    Managing Partner

    Early Years

    Leo is definitely one to learn from experience. Case in point: at age five, a curious bear followed Leo and family for several hours during a hike in Yellowstone National Park. When 6, he was separated from his family while traveling in San Felipe Mexico-at 10:00 p.m. (couldn't find them for hours). After all of that, Leo figured, why not hitch a ride to Tijuana Mexico in the trunk of a 1977 Chevrolet Impala to hang out with friends? Just seemed natural. While traveling with his family in Paris at age 21, Leo crashed a private party on Thanksgiving holiday (he knew not one stich of French but befriended another party goer and hung out dancing until dawn). But this kid is sharp. As an adult, he avoids crashing parties, Mexico, bears and car trunks! (Truth or Dare?)

    What we know about Leo.

    Life on the bright side has its benefits.

    Not one to choose traditional ensembles, Leo prefers bright complements to his attire. A purple stripe here, a happy print there. But life on the bright side comes with careful planning. His approach to benefits is much the same. With 14 years in health and welfare under his belt, Leo joined partners Robert and Ryan at what was once Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Their partnership grew a small "Mom and Pop shop" to the fastest-growing benefits office in the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and Leo lead negotiations to purchase the company in 2010, forming EBS of Maryland.

    Leo earned his stripes on the ancillary carrier side selling group disability, life and dental contracts for Assurant Employee Benefits. Prior to his benefits career, Leo spent five years as an Area Sales representative, Territory Manager and Assistant Channel Marketing Manager for Black and Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group for their Home Depot Account.

    When he is not working, Leo enjoys spending time with his wife, cooking, playing golf, and traveling.

  • Scott Melson

    Client Advisor

    Early years

    Give him an "O!" Give him an "R"! Give him an "I"! Oh heck, let's just say Scott loved going to Orioles games as a kid. Like, practically since birth. He is also the son of a marathon runner, so he had plenty of opportunities to get his Forrest Gump on as a kid. His sporty days continued while attending Damascus High School, including playing baseball and football. To this day, he still loves fitting a long distance run or backpack adventure with friends in when he can.

    What we know about Scott

    Scott's pretty good at performing "marathon workdays", too. We can attest to that. "I love my job and how it gives me the opportunity to meet new people and help put businesses in a better place," he affirms. With four children under the age of 7, he stays busy at home, too! "Life is insane," he confirms, "And I love it. I'm also an Elder at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church and love to work with people in the congregation."

    Fun Facts

    Kicking It: I am a "bloody" huge Arsenal Football Club fan.  

    The Good Life: Scotch, a Cigar, and a fire pit. Makes a night good.  

    Jump Start:  As a freshman, I joined friends who noticed kids jumping off a bridge in a town that a friend just moved to. A few bloody noses later after jumping off the top, the other kids told us (with wide eyes) they only ever jumped off of the support beams, 40 feet below us!

    More Team Members

As employee benefits brokers, our core competency is to provide you access to medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and other insurance products. We help you navigate employee benefits through automated technologies that streamline and automate the process, such as integrated payroll, enrollment platforms, benefits administration, and Human Resource Information Systems. We keep you out of the penalty zone by advising you and providing solutions to meet your ERISA and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, including reporting and distributing notices. We protect your bottom line by providing financially-focused and strategic planning, cost containment strategies, and risk management. We back all of this up with incredible customer service that is with you every step of the way. We are Employee Benefit Services. We are easier, better, smarter.