Our Team

Our Team

Sarah Ehrlich

Senior Data Analytics Specialist

Early Years: A Mid-Atlantic Girl

Born in Arlington, Sarah's family moved to Laurel before settling in Shrewsbury, PA when she was 10. Except for a brief stint in Cockeysville from 2009-2012, "I've lived in PA ever since. I had not even flown on a plane until my honeymoon to Orlando!" Since then, she's traveled to Florida, Maine, Nevada and Mexico. Although a clarinet, soccer, gymnastics and color guard member in high school, she happily prefers books and numbers. "My youth was spent studying." No wonder she graduated with a 4.2 GPA (4 out of 250 in her class!). Sarah earned her BS in Economics from Penn State. 

What we know about Sarah: Being smart has its benefits

 After ten years helping her clients get the most out of their benefits - two with Crawford Advisors and eight years with The Warner Companies - EBS swooped Sarah up. "I have a passion for manipulating numbers and data to create solutions for our clients," she admits. She's also addicted to Red Bull (a great start to any morning)! But the great love of her life is daughter, Zoe (7 months at the time of this writing). There is simply not enough storage in her cell phone to store the photos!

Sarah earned her Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation and is presently studying for her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) certificate.

Fun Facts

Pizza Queen. My husband and I ate so much pizza in 2011 that Papa John's sent us a free copy of Madden NFL 12 for the PS3. 

Her Life is Magical. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. My house is Slytherin and my Patronus is a King COBRA.

Film Geek.  Huge cinephiles, my husband and I recite quotes from our favorite movies to each other.  

No Achy Breaky . . . Anything!  I've never broken a bone and I still have all four of my wisdom teeth.

Natasha Dorsey

Benefit Consultant

Early Years: One Big Happy Family

Natasha was born in Baltimore and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. She is her mom's middle child of three and is one of seven children from her mom and dad.

What we know about Natasha: Committed to Her Clients

Natasha worked for Unum, Hartford, and Willis Towers Watson, all before graduating from the University of Maryland Global Campus with a degree in psychology. She then took her experience and began working at HUB International. We brought Natasha on to our EBS team because of her deep experience with account management and client services.

Fun Facts

Show us some jazz hands! I absolutely love music, especially NeoSoul, Smooth Jazz, and R&B.

"America's Finest City." I have a son that lives in San Diego, California. 

Proud parent of a Pomeranian: I am absolutely obsessed with my Pomeranian, Toby.

Hope Walker

Client Manager

Early Years: Light up the Stage!

Growing up in Hampden in northern Baltimore, Hope's stage presence became obvious at a young age. She sang with her church choir, school choirs, and in school musicals. She even took home the $50 grand prize during a middle school talent show! Her courage to perform for large audiences drove her to audition and win acceptance into the All-County and All-State Choirs, and she even performed at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. No stage fright here! 

What we know about Hope: 

Hiking her way to EBS

In the summer, we most often find Hope with her Chocolate Lab fur-baby, Kona, playing at the dog park, hiking mountain trails, or swimming at the beach. Hope says, "I am a summer girl, so you'll find me outside in the warm sun, any chance I get." She certainly loves to enjoy the outdoors, but now that she has hiked her way to EBS, Hope's a ray of sunshine for our team as well!

Fun Facts

Hitting it outta the park: I performed at Oriole Park while singing the National Anthem with the Perry Hall High School Chamber Choir. 

This one time, at band camp? I was the Pom Captain for my high school marching band's pom squad, and during practice I was attacked by wild geese. 

Rap it out: I can rap every word to Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back."

The Mad Food Scientist: I will eat soup and crabs all year round - soup even in 100-degree weather, and crabs for Christmas. I also like odd food mixtures such as burnt popcorn and ketchup. (No judgement until you try it!) 

Tammy Galusha

Client Manager

The Early Years: Truly German at Heart

Born and raised in a small town in the Black Forest region of Germany, Tammy was 19 years old before moving to the United States. She later graduated from Towson University, and now lives in Baltimore with her husband, their three kids, and the family's German Shepherd, Mauser. 

What we know about Tammy: Loving the Great Outdoors

Tammy and her family love any activities they can do outside. We've seen them go on camping and hiking trips, and on the weekends Tammy loves going for motorcycle rides with her husband. They're also frequent boaters, and whenever the weather is nice, they'll be out fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Fun Facts

Creative cooking: I love experimenting in the kitchen. I can't follow a recipe to save my life because I always have to put my own spin on everything.

Glue sticks rule the world! I'm super crafty and obsessed with DIY projects. Pinterest is my best friend, but also my worst enemy.

"Prost!" I would do just about anything for a German beer, sausage, and soft pretzel.

Deirdre Weadock

Client Manager

Early Years: Under the Sea

Deirdre was born and raised in the Baltimore suburbs. As a bit of a science nerd, she loved attending marine biology summer camps, and she volunteered at the National Aquarium in Baltimore throughout high school. She later got her scuba diving certification with her dad when she was 12 years old. After college, Deirdre worked as a dolphin trainer for 10 years at the National Aquarium and in the Florida Keys.

What we know about Deirdre: Running through Dream Jobs

Though she hadn't been an athlete growing up, Deirdre started running after college to get in better shape. A few marathons later, Deirdre became a running coach - which brought her to her second career: managing operations for Charm City Run, a local running and race management company. In 2015, Deirdre became a mom, and her son led her to search for a job with more consistent hours, and now we're glad to have her with us at EBS!

Fun Facts

Caring for Animals: I went abroad multiple times in college to study animals: monkeys for a semester in a Brazilian rain forest, whale sharks for a summer on a boat in Baja and a species of schooling fish for a month in Papua New Guinea.  

World Traveler: I've traveled five of the seven continents - so far. 

Time to hit the trails! My son and I both love being outdoors, and you can usually find us hiking nearby trails on the weekends.

Amanda Hastings

Client Manager

The Early Years: Never-Ending Summer

Amanda grew up in Syracuse, New York with her little brother, Logan. They're closer than most siblings after spending their entire childhood together, and Amanda considers Logan one of her best friends. Summer is Amanda's favorite season, and the pair would fill their days with sports or swim together at the community pool. But like most older siblings, Amanda soon left for college, ready to pursue her next adventure.

What we know about Amanda: Putting Down Roots

After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Television-Radio and Digital Marketing, Amanda felt the job market in Upstate New York looked slim. She applied to jobs up and down the East Coast before landing a position in Baltimore. Even though she only had one friend in the area, she packed up, moved, and never looked back. Since then, she's built a network of friends, started a family with her husband, Brandon, and their daughter, Palmer, and joined our team at EBS! 

Fun Facts

LAX to the MAX: I played lacrosse for two years in college. 

Tap it out. I took dance lessons from age two until graduating high school, and tap is - by far - my favorite form of dance!

No Standing. Only Dancing. My family and I love music, and we have dance parties in the living room on the reg.

Kinsey Shifflett

Client Manager

The Early Years: Small Town Girl

Kinsey grew up in Smithsburg, a small Maryland town where everybody knows everybody. Her father was a wrestler at West Virginia University and her parents were high school sweethearts. Her younger brother attends James Madison University. During her high school years, Kinsey loved to hang out in Virginia Beach and she travelled often with her family to and from softball tournaments.

What we know about Kinsey: Well Counseled

Kinsey received a scholarship from UMBC to play softball and graduated from the University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Previously, she was an Assistant Teacher for a child with autism at Ivymount School. Someday, she'd like to receive her master's in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. But most of all, this woman is a huge sports fan. You might spot her at an Orioles or Redskins game if you're lucky!

Fun Facts

The ball is in her court: "Although most of my time was filled with softball I also played basketball and volleyball in high school."

She's a great catch: "My sophomore year of college I counted the number of bullpens I caught, and the total turned out to be 130!"

Burn Notice: "One time while on vacation in Miami, I got so burnt that I could not leave my hotel room or move my body for a complete 24 hours."

Samantha Flanagan

Client Manager

Early Years: Family First

As the oldest of three siblings and Godmother to one of her nephews, family is very important to Samantha. After graduating from Mercy High School in Baltimore, Maryland, she chose to stay near her family in the city. Rather than going away for college, she attended Stevenson University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  

What we know about Samantha: Mamma Mia!

Samantha's family is mostly Italian (even though she looks Irish). Her family celebrates many Italian traditions, and on Thanksgiving they cook turkey AND homemade ravioli and meatballs! But despite all the delicious, home-cooked food, Samantha could easily live off Goldfish and cereal for the rest of her life. It's all we ever see her eat...

Fun Facts

Aye aye, Captain! During high school, I was captain of the varsity soccer team.

Turn up the volume: Rather than watching movies or TV, I prefer to throw on headphones and listen to some good music. 

Enjoying the Great Outdoors: Since I love being outside, a friend and I traveled to Aspen, Colorado and hiked the Conundrum Springs. Unfortunately, we didn't realize it was an expert level hike, and it took us two days to complete!

Ana Reza

Client Coordinator

Early years

The Baby of the Family

Born and raised in Hyattsville, Maryland, Ana (aka Bird) was the youngest of three. She is best friends with her sister, though they are six years apart, and she and her brother are considered Irish Twins. Ana was a dedicated student and rowed crew in high school, but she also had a wild side? Ana pierced her nose over six times during school. Since piercings were against school rules, she had to take it out whenever she got caught. What a rebel!

What we know about Ana

The Perfect Work-Life Balance

Before starting her new career at EBS, Ana worked as a breastfeeding counselor at Women Infant Children (WIC), a non-profit, community-based healthcare agency and then took on a role at a cemetery (Parklawn Memorial Park). She now shares her time with our team at EBS and her 8-year-old daughter Ava Rose. Ava loves to play in the park and always keeps Ana on her toes.

Fun Facts

My Feline Best-Friend: I have a cat named Squeeky, who is 23 years old and still going strong!

Confessions of a Shopaholic: I will let you in on a little secret - I often shop for clothes for my already-full closet, and you can frequently catch me buying home décor for my future home.

My Baby Bird: After 32 hours of labor, I named my baby girl, Ava. My family nickname has always been Bird, and Ava means bird in Latin. Ironically, the name is also a 3-letter palindrome, like mine!  

Alexa Murray

Client Coordinator

Early years

A Triple Threat

While growing up in Howard County, Maryland, with her parents and two younger brothers, Alexa attended the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore City. During high school, she was a 3-sport athlete as a member of the cheerleading squad, a lacrosse player, and a volleyball star. She even joined a competitive jump rope team - as if she was not busy enough!

What we know about Alexa

The Campus Tour Guide

While pursuing her degree, Alexa embarked on the All-Maryland College Tour. She started off at Frostburg University, then transferred to Salisbury University where she met her husband, before ultimately graduating from UMBC with a degree in Sociology. After getting married in April of 2018, Alexa and her husband moved to Catonsville, and they are now the cutest family of three with their English Bulldog, Cali.

Fun Facts

Work that Side Hustle! When I am not working with the team EBS, I am an assistant Wedding Planner with Social Graces Events

Gourmet Cupcakes Anyone? I love to bake and consider myself a cupcake connoisseur! I have visited over 50 cupcake shops with my mom, and we are still eager for more.

Believe in Serendipity: Right before a trip to North Carolina for a family vacation, my flight was abruptly cancelled. In the airport, I met a woman scheduled to take the same flight to embark on her own family vacation. We ended up driving from the airport to North Carolina together that same night, and we remain friends to this day.

Taylor Cain

Client Coordinator

Early Years: The Heartbeat of America

Taylor was born in southern Maryland and grew up in Hyattsville. In high school, she was on the field hockey and lacrosse teams and also played violin in the school orchestra. Taylor?s parents instilled in her an appreciation of classic cars, and they love going to car shows together. Her parents own a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, a 1964 Pontiac LeMans and a 1953 Ford F-100 truck that belonged to her grandfather.

What we know about Taylor: It?s okay, she?s with the band.

Living in College Park, Maryland, Taylor and her boyfriend have two snakes, Noodle and Nash, a bluetick coon hound, Goose, and a Chesapeake Bay retriever, Paisley. Taylor is obsessed with her dogs and takes them everywhere. When they?re not out hiking with the pups, we can count on Taylor and her boyfriend to be at a concert. Taylor has the best luck at winning concert tickets, and in 2020, she won tickets to four different concerts and got to meet the artists! She met Hardy, Michael Ray, Adam Doleac and her favorite group, Midland.

Fun Facts

Saxy and we know it: I know how to play four instruments. I play the piano, guitar and saxophone, but my favorite instrument is the violin.

House Party! I?ve danced with Sam Hunt!! My friend got VIP tickets to Sunday in the Country, and he came over and danced with us during his set!

#ALLCAPS all the time: I love hockey games, and I am a huge Washington Capitals fan. In 2018, I went to every playoff watch party and home game until they won the Stanley Cup! We even stopped in Nashville for a Capitals vs. Predators game while on a road trip from Texas to Maryland.

Abigail Bands

Administrative Assistant

Early Years: Game Rules

Abigail was raised in Bel Air, Maryland and lived with her mom, dad, and one sister. Growing up, sports were not her favorite. "I faked a lot of injuries to get out of soccer back in the day," she admits. Hanging out with her friends was fun and all, but when it came to playing, she just didn't have much interest in being in the game. On the other hand, she was a real sport when it came to her behavior. "I was quite the rule follower and did everything I could to stay out of trouble!" A good trait to have in the insurance business!

What We Know about Abigail: Work & The City

Abigail graduated from Towson University in 2014 with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. After graduation she was a teacher for four years - two years as a special needs teacher and two years ruling a second-grade classroom. "I lived in the city for a few years after graduation and loved every minute of it," she pines. Still, she moved to the county last summer. "I feel so thankful to work downtown so that I still get a little taste of city living!"

Abigail was married in November 2017. She and her husband are the proud parents of a golden retriever named Frannie - the family favorite!

Fun Facts

She Goes the Distance: I ran the Baltimore Marathon in 2015.

She Knows When to Draw the Line: Almost always! 75% of my closet is made up of striped clothing.

Happy Meals: I'm a picky eater! My favorite foods are consistent with the diet of a five-year-old!

Khris Wilson

Compliance Specialist

Early Years:

Khris was born in sunny Manila, Philippines and moved to Baltimore with her family in the early 90s. She attended The Catholic High School of Baltimore and earned her Business degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

What we know about Khris:

Talk techy to me.

Growing up as a kid, back when Google wasn't a household name yet and dial-up connections were both deafening and slow, Khris embraced the digital media world and began creating her own personal websites and blogs for fun at age 12. Though she has no formal technical education, she carries the same enthusiasm for technology to her role at EBS.

Fun Facts

I taught myself English by listening to books on tape. I may not speak Tagalog anymore but I understand my parents when they talk about me to relatives.

Unique, just like 70 million other people. A Myers-Briggs certified INFJ, I am among only 1% of the world's population.

I have three dogs. Wicket the shih-poo, Puddles the cavapoo, and a golden doodle Sperry.

I met my husband in a bar while dressed as Lara Croft. His female friend agreed to pose as his sister. The truth was revealed on our first date

Taylor Wood

Marketing Coordinator

Early Years: One big, travel-happy family

Both of Taylor's parents attended Fredonia State, and they met when her dad decided to "love tap" her mom with his car. They went on to have four girls - even though Taylor's dad is the youngest of four boys, Taylor is the oldest, and one of her younger, twin sisters has Down Syndrome. Living in Rochester, New York, their family likes to spend their summers on Canandaigua Lake, and Taylor frequently traveled for weekend lacrosse tournaments. Many tournaments brought her to Maryland, and we're lucky they did! She now lives in Baltimore City with her quarantine puppy, Whiskey.

What we know about Taylor: Just one more scoop

Taylor worked for five years at an ice cream parlor, making her practically a professional ice cream scooper. She then channeled her entrepreneurial spirit into a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Towson University, and she took a marketing class on "Marketing in the Shadows of Bordeaux Vineyards" while studying abroad. As our marketing coordinator at EBS, we appreciate Taylor's well-traveled, marketing background, but most of all we love her ice cream scooping experience!

Fun Facts

Quarantined before it was cool: I was quarantined way before 2020. When I was two years old, I was quarantined for 10 days with an unknown rash. It was later diagnosed as Kawasaki disease.

Let's see those pearly whites! I won best smile in junior and senior high school.  

Christmas in November: My due date was supposed to be Christmas Day. I celebrate Christmas for as long as possible every year and start blaring Christmas music on the first day of November!

Keara Cleary

HRIS Project Manager

The Early Years: Note to Self

Keara is quick to catch on. Raised in Annapolis since age 2, she learned her first valuable life lesson in first grade - and it stuck. "My discipline card was flipped from green (good) to yellow (bad) for passing notes," she explains. "That's when I learned how not to get caught." She never got in trouble at school again.

Her quick reflexes and stealthy athleticism also paid off playing a little lacrosse and soccer year-round. While in high school at St. Mary's, she played volleyball. She also "did a lot of theater - always behind the scenes." Chop, chop, and Keara was off to East Carolina University, where she continued to play soccer, softball, and party- all recreationally. She also earned a greenbelt in Isshinryu karate (watch your step!) - all while graduating in three years with a BS in Communications.

What We Know About Keara: Behind the Talent

Keara's original plan was to work in video production, and she worked as summer intern in the Talent Casting and Voice Over department at Discovery Communications. "It was an amazing opportunity, but after experiencing the corporate world of TV and video production, I realized that it wasn't for me," she says. "Although I enjoy volunteering on smaller local films in my free time." Frankly, we find the fact that Keara has any free time amazing. While working with EBS full-time, she also works part-time as a licensed realtor.

Fun Facts

Bright Lights. I have a credit on IMDB, the film site. Probably the smallest profiles on that site, but it still counts.

Dive Deep. I have my scuba certification and try to go diving at least once a year. My bucket list includes diving with sharks, but finding a dive buddy to go with me isn't easy!

"Spare" Time. I took a bowling class in college. I'm pretty sure I only passed because the teacher felt bad, so please don't ask me to join your bowling league.

Google It. Google my name. I'm either the most famous Keara Cleary or the only one.

Stacey Grandizio

Client Manager

Early Years: Are you kitten me??

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Stacey was the youngest of three with an older brother and sister. Stacey's family never had a lot of pets, but about fifteen years ago, she came across a kitten who was 24 hours away from being sent to a shelter. Though she wasn't much of a cat person, the thought of another animal going to a shelter broke her heart, and she offered to take him in. Now she and her husband live with their cute fur baby, and Stacey drinks coffee out of a cat mug every morning.

What we know about Stacey: A taste of Tuscany

As an Italian, Stacey and her family love good food. In the evenings, she's always cooking or entertaining for friends. In her career, Stacey had focused on the voluntary benefits arena since graduating magna cum laude from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in mass communications. More recently, she began looking to expand outside the voluntary benefits niche. Due to a great relationship with a recruiter from a local executive search firm, Stacey was introduced to EBS and we're lucky to have her on the team. We also hope we might get to sample some tasty Italian food!

Fun Facts

26.2 Reasons for Working Out: I love to run, especially long distances. I've run a marathon, three half-marathons and several 5K races (so far).

Inked Up: I have three tattoos.

Consider it Cleaned! I'm a neat freak. My hidden talent is decluttering rooms and organizing drawers and closets.

  • Sarah Ehrlich

    Senior Data Analytics Specialist

    Early Years: A Mid-Atlantic Girl

    Born in Arlington, Sarah's family moved to Laurel before settling in Shrewsbury, PA when she was 10. Except for a brief stint in Cockeysville from 2009-2012, "I've lived in PA ever since. I had not even flown on a plane until my honeymoon to Orlando!" Since then, she's traveled to Florida, Maine, Nevada and Mexico. Although a clarinet, soccer, gymnastics and color guard member in high school, she happily prefers books and numbers. "My youth was spent studying." No wonder she graduated with a 4.2 GPA (4 out of 250 in her class!). Sarah earned her BS in Economics from Penn State. 

    What we know about Sarah: Being smart has its benefits

     After ten years helping her clients get the most out of their benefits - two with Crawford Advisors and eight years with The Warner Companies - EBS swooped Sarah up. "I have a passion for manipulating numbers and data to create solutions for our clients," she admits. She's also addicted to Red Bull (a great start to any morning)! But the great love of her life is daughter, Zoe (7 months at the time of this writing). There is simply not enough storage in her cell phone to store the photos!

    Sarah earned her Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation and is presently studying for her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) certificate.

    Fun Facts

    Pizza Queen. My husband and I ate so much pizza in 2011 that Papa John's sent us a free copy of Madden NFL 12 for the PS3. 

    Her Life is Magical. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. My house is Slytherin and my Patronus is a King COBRA.

    Film Geek.  Huge cinephiles, my husband and I recite quotes from our favorite movies to each other.  

    No Achy Breaky . . . Anything!  I've never broken a bone and I still have all four of my wisdom teeth.

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  • Natasha Dorsey

    Benefit Consultant

    Early Years: One Big Happy Family

    Natasha was born in Baltimore and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. She is her mom's middle child of three and is one of seven children from her mom and dad.

    What we know about Natasha: Committed to Her Clients

    Natasha worked for Unum, Hartford, and Willis Towers Watson, all before graduating from the University of Maryland Global Campus with a degree in psychology. She then took her experience and began working at HUB International. We brought Natasha on to our EBS team because of her deep experience with account management and client services.

    Fun Facts

    Show us some jazz hands! I absolutely love music, especially NeoSoul, Smooth Jazz, and R&B.

    "America's Finest City." I have a son that lives in San Diego, California. 

    Proud parent of a Pomeranian: I am absolutely obsessed with my Pomeranian, Toby.

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  • Hope Walker

    Client Manager

    Early Years: Light up the Stage!

    Growing up in Hampden in northern Baltimore, Hope's stage presence became obvious at a young age. She sang with her church choir, school choirs, and in school musicals. She even took home the $50 grand prize during a middle school talent show! Her courage to perform for large audiences drove her to audition and win acceptance into the All-County and All-State Choirs, and she even performed at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. No stage fright here! 

    What we know about Hope: 

    Hiking her way to EBS

    In the summer, we most often find Hope with her Chocolate Lab fur-baby, Kona, playing at the dog park, hiking mountain trails, or swimming at the beach. Hope says, "I am a summer girl, so you'll find me outside in the warm sun, any chance I get." She certainly loves to enjoy the outdoors, but now that she has hiked her way to EBS, Hope's a ray of sunshine for our team as well!

    Fun Facts

    Hitting it outta the park: I performed at Oriole Park while singing the National Anthem with the Perry Hall High School Chamber Choir. 

    This one time, at band camp? I was the Pom Captain for my high school marching band's pom squad, and during practice I was attacked by wild geese. 

    Rap it out: I can rap every word to Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back."

    The Mad Food Scientist: I will eat soup and crabs all year round - soup even in 100-degree weather, and crabs for Christmas. I also like odd food mixtures such as burnt popcorn and ketchup. (No judgement until you try it!) 

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  • Tammy Galusha

    Client Manager

    The Early Years: Truly German at Heart

    Born and raised in a small town in the Black Forest region of Germany, Tammy was 19 years old before moving to the United States. She later graduated from Towson University, and now lives in Baltimore with her husband, their three kids, and the family's German Shepherd, Mauser. 

    What we know about Tammy: Loving the Great Outdoors

    Tammy and her family love any activities they can do outside. We've seen them go on camping and hiking trips, and on the weekends Tammy loves going for motorcycle rides with her husband. They're also frequent boaters, and whenever the weather is nice, they'll be out fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

    Fun Facts

    Creative cooking: I love experimenting in the kitchen. I can't follow a recipe to save my life because I always have to put my own spin on everything.

    Glue sticks rule the world! I'm super crafty and obsessed with DIY projects. Pinterest is my best friend, but also my worst enemy.

    "Prost!" I would do just about anything for a German beer, sausage, and soft pretzel.

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  • Deirdre Weadock

    Client Manager

    Early Years: Under the Sea

    Deirdre was born and raised in the Baltimore suburbs. As a bit of a science nerd, she loved attending marine biology summer camps, and she volunteered at the National Aquarium in Baltimore throughout high school. She later got her scuba diving certification with her dad when she was 12 years old. After college, Deirdre worked as a dolphin trainer for 10 years at the National Aquarium and in the Florida Keys.

    What we know about Deirdre: Running through Dream Jobs

    Though she hadn't been an athlete growing up, Deirdre started running after college to get in better shape. A few marathons later, Deirdre became a running coach - which brought her to her second career: managing operations for Charm City Run, a local running and race management company. In 2015, Deirdre became a mom, and her son led her to search for a job with more consistent hours, and now we're glad to have her with us at EBS!

    Fun Facts

    Caring for Animals: I went abroad multiple times in college to study animals: monkeys for a semester in a Brazilian rain forest, whale sharks for a summer on a boat in Baja and a species of schooling fish for a month in Papua New Guinea.  

    World Traveler: I've traveled five of the seven continents - so far. 

    Time to hit the trails! My son and I both love being outdoors, and you can usually find us hiking nearby trails on the weekends.

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  • Amanda Hastings

    Client Manager

    The Early Years: Never-Ending Summer

    Amanda grew up in Syracuse, New York with her little brother, Logan. They're closer than most siblings after spending their entire childhood together, and Amanda considers Logan one of her best friends. Summer is Amanda's favorite season, and the pair would fill their days with sports or swim together at the community pool. But like most older siblings, Amanda soon left for college, ready to pursue her next adventure.

    What we know about Amanda: Putting Down Roots

    After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Television-Radio and Digital Marketing, Amanda felt the job market in Upstate New York looked slim. She applied to jobs up and down the East Coast before landing a position in Baltimore. Even though she only had one friend in the area, she packed up, moved, and never looked back. Since then, she's built a network of friends, started a family with her husband, Brandon, and their daughter, Palmer, and joined our team at EBS! 

    Fun Facts

    LAX to the MAX: I played lacrosse for two years in college. 

    Tap it out. I took dance lessons from age two until graduating high school, and tap is - by far - my favorite form of dance!

    No Standing. Only Dancing. My family and I love music, and we have dance parties in the living room on the reg.

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  • Kinsey Shifflett

    Client Manager

    The Early Years: Small Town Girl

    Kinsey grew up in Smithsburg, a small Maryland town where everybody knows everybody. Her father was a wrestler at West Virginia University and her parents were high school sweethearts. Her younger brother attends James Madison University. During her high school years, Kinsey loved to hang out in Virginia Beach and she travelled often with her family to and from softball tournaments.

    What we know about Kinsey: Well Counseled

    Kinsey received a scholarship from UMBC to play softball and graduated from the University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Previously, she was an Assistant Teacher for a child with autism at Ivymount School. Someday, she'd like to receive her master's in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. But most of all, this woman is a huge sports fan. You might spot her at an Orioles or Redskins game if you're lucky!

    Fun Facts

    The ball is in her court: "Although most of my time was filled with softball I also played basketball and volleyball in high school."

    She's a great catch: "My sophomore year of college I counted the number of bullpens I caught, and the total turned out to be 130!"

    Burn Notice: "One time while on vacation in Miami, I got so burnt that I could not leave my hotel room or move my body for a complete 24 hours."

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  • Samantha Flanagan

    Client Manager

    Early Years: Family First

    As the oldest of three siblings and Godmother to one of her nephews, family is very important to Samantha. After graduating from Mercy High School in Baltimore, Maryland, she chose to stay near her family in the city. Rather than going away for college, she attended Stevenson University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  

    What we know about Samantha: Mamma Mia!

    Samantha's family is mostly Italian (even though she looks Irish). Her family celebrates many Italian traditions, and on Thanksgiving they cook turkey AND homemade ravioli and meatballs! But despite all the delicious, home-cooked food, Samantha could easily live off Goldfish and cereal for the rest of her life. It's all we ever see her eat...

    Fun Facts

    Aye aye, Captain! During high school, I was captain of the varsity soccer team.

    Turn up the volume: Rather than watching movies or TV, I prefer to throw on headphones and listen to some good music. 

    Enjoying the Great Outdoors: Since I love being outside, a friend and I traveled to Aspen, Colorado and hiked the Conundrum Springs. Unfortunately, we didn't realize it was an expert level hike, and it took us two days to complete!

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  • Ana Reza

    Client Coordinator

    Early years

    The Baby of the Family

    Born and raised in Hyattsville, Maryland, Ana (aka Bird) was the youngest of three. She is best friends with her sister, though they are six years apart, and she and her brother are considered Irish Twins. Ana was a dedicated student and rowed crew in high school, but she also had a wild side? Ana pierced her nose over six times during school. Since piercings were against school rules, she had to take it out whenever she got caught. What a rebel!

    What we know about Ana

    The Perfect Work-Life Balance

    Before starting her new career at EBS, Ana worked as a breastfeeding counselor at Women Infant Children (WIC), a non-profit, community-based healthcare agency and then took on a role at a cemetery (Parklawn Memorial Park). She now shares her time with our team at EBS and her 8-year-old daughter Ava Rose. Ava loves to play in the park and always keeps Ana on her toes.

    Fun Facts

    My Feline Best-Friend: I have a cat named Squeeky, who is 23 years old and still going strong!

    Confessions of a Shopaholic: I will let you in on a little secret - I often shop for clothes for my already-full closet, and you can frequently catch me buying home décor for my future home.

    My Baby Bird: After 32 hours of labor, I named my baby girl, Ava. My family nickname has always been Bird, and Ava means bird in Latin. Ironically, the name is also a 3-letter palindrome, like mine!  

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  • Alexa Murray

    Client Coordinator

    Early years

    A Triple Threat

    While growing up in Howard County, Maryland, with her parents and two younger brothers, Alexa attended the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore City. During high school, she was a 3-sport athlete as a member of the cheerleading squad, a lacrosse player, and a volleyball star. She even joined a competitive jump rope team - as if she was not busy enough!

    What we know about Alexa

    The Campus Tour Guide

    While pursuing her degree, Alexa embarked on the All-Maryland College Tour. She started off at Frostburg University, then transferred to Salisbury University where she met her husband, before ultimately graduating from UMBC with a degree in Sociology. After getting married in April of 2018, Alexa and her husband moved to Catonsville, and they are now the cutest family of three with their English Bulldog, Cali.

    Fun Facts

    Work that Side Hustle! When I am not working with the team EBS, I am an assistant Wedding Planner with Social Graces Events

    Gourmet Cupcakes Anyone? I love to bake and consider myself a cupcake connoisseur! I have visited over 50 cupcake shops with my mom, and we are still eager for more.

    Believe in Serendipity: Right before a trip to North Carolina for a family vacation, my flight was abruptly cancelled. In the airport, I met a woman scheduled to take the same flight to embark on her own family vacation. We ended up driving from the airport to North Carolina together that same night, and we remain friends to this day.

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  • Taylor Cain

    Client Coordinator

    Early Years: The Heartbeat of America

    Taylor was born in southern Maryland and grew up in Hyattsville. In high school, she was on the field hockey and lacrosse teams and also played violin in the school orchestra. Taylor?s parents instilled in her an appreciation of classic cars, and they love going to car shows together. Her parents own a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, a 1964 Pontiac LeMans and a 1953 Ford F-100 truck that belonged to her grandfather.

    What we know about Taylor: It?s okay, she?s with the band.

    Living in College Park, Maryland, Taylor and her boyfriend have two snakes, Noodle and Nash, a bluetick coon hound, Goose, and a Chesapeake Bay retriever, Paisley. Taylor is obsessed with her dogs and takes them everywhere. When they?re not out hiking with the pups, we can count on Taylor and her boyfriend to be at a concert. Taylor has the best luck at winning concert tickets, and in 2020, she won tickets to four different concerts and got to meet the artists! She met Hardy, Michael Ray, Adam Doleac and her favorite group, Midland.

    Fun Facts

    Saxy and we know it: I know how to play four instruments. I play the piano, guitar and saxophone, but my favorite instrument is the violin.

    House Party! I?ve danced with Sam Hunt!! My friend got VIP tickets to Sunday in the Country, and he came over and danced with us during his set!

    #ALLCAPS all the time: I love hockey games, and I am a huge Washington Capitals fan. In 2018, I went to every playoff watch party and home game until they won the Stanley Cup! We even stopped in Nashville for a Capitals vs. Predators game while on a road trip from Texas to Maryland.

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  • Abigail Bands

    Administrative Assistant

    Early Years: Game Rules

    Abigail was raised in Bel Air, Maryland and lived with her mom, dad, and one sister. Growing up, sports were not her favorite. "I faked a lot of injuries to get out of soccer back in the day," she admits. Hanging out with her friends was fun and all, but when it came to playing, she just didn't have much interest in being in the game. On the other hand, she was a real sport when it came to her behavior. "I was quite the rule follower and did everything I could to stay out of trouble!" A good trait to have in the insurance business!

    What We Know about Abigail: Work & The City

    Abigail graduated from Towson University in 2014 with a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. After graduation she was a teacher for four years - two years as a special needs teacher and two years ruling a second-grade classroom. "I lived in the city for a few years after graduation and loved every minute of it," she pines. Still, she moved to the county last summer. "I feel so thankful to work downtown so that I still get a little taste of city living!"

    Abigail was married in November 2017. She and her husband are the proud parents of a golden retriever named Frannie - the family favorite!

    Fun Facts

    She Goes the Distance: I ran the Baltimore Marathon in 2015.

    She Knows When to Draw the Line: Almost always! 75% of my closet is made up of striped clothing.

    Happy Meals: I'm a picky eater! My favorite foods are consistent with the diet of a five-year-old!

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  • Khris Wilson

    Compliance Specialist

    Early Years:

    Khris was born in sunny Manila, Philippines and moved to Baltimore with her family in the early 90s. She attended The Catholic High School of Baltimore and earned her Business degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

    What we know about Khris:

    Talk techy to me.

    Growing up as a kid, back when Google wasn't a household name yet and dial-up connections were both deafening and slow, Khris embraced the digital media world and began creating her own personal websites and blogs for fun at age 12. Though she has no formal technical education, she carries the same enthusiasm for technology to her role at EBS.

    Fun Facts

    I taught myself English by listening to books on tape. I may not speak Tagalog anymore but I understand my parents when they talk about me to relatives.

    Unique, just like 70 million other people. A Myers-Briggs certified INFJ, I am among only 1% of the world's population.

    I have three dogs. Wicket the shih-poo, Puddles the cavapoo, and a golden doodle Sperry.

    I met my husband in a bar while dressed as Lara Croft. His female friend agreed to pose as his sister. The truth was revealed on our first date

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  • Taylor Wood

    Marketing Coordinator

    Early Years: One big, travel-happy family

    Both of Taylor's parents attended Fredonia State, and they met when her dad decided to "love tap" her mom with his car. They went on to have four girls - even though Taylor's dad is the youngest of four boys, Taylor is the oldest, and one of her younger, twin sisters has Down Syndrome. Living in Rochester, New York, their family likes to spend their summers on Canandaigua Lake, and Taylor frequently traveled for weekend lacrosse tournaments. Many tournaments brought her to Maryland, and we're lucky they did! She now lives in Baltimore City with her quarantine puppy, Whiskey.

    What we know about Taylor: Just one more scoop

    Taylor worked for five years at an ice cream parlor, making her practically a professional ice cream scooper. She then channeled her entrepreneurial spirit into a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Towson University, and she took a marketing class on "Marketing in the Shadows of Bordeaux Vineyards" while studying abroad. As our marketing coordinator at EBS, we appreciate Taylor's well-traveled, marketing background, but most of all we love her ice cream scooping experience!

    Fun Facts

    Quarantined before it was cool: I was quarantined way before 2020. When I was two years old, I was quarantined for 10 days with an unknown rash. It was later diagnosed as Kawasaki disease.

    Let's see those pearly whites! I won best smile in junior and senior high school.  

    Christmas in November: My due date was supposed to be Christmas Day. I celebrate Christmas for as long as possible every year and start blaring Christmas music on the first day of November!

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  • Keara Cleary

    HRIS Project Manager

    The Early Years: Note to Self

    Keara is quick to catch on. Raised in Annapolis since age 2, she learned her first valuable life lesson in first grade - and it stuck. "My discipline card was flipped from green (good) to yellow (bad) for passing notes," she explains. "That's when I learned how not to get caught." She never got in trouble at school again.

    Her quick reflexes and stealthy athleticism also paid off playing a little lacrosse and soccer year-round. While in high school at St. Mary's, she played volleyball. She also "did a lot of theater - always behind the scenes." Chop, chop, and Keara was off to East Carolina University, where she continued to play soccer, softball, and party- all recreationally. She also earned a greenbelt in Isshinryu karate (watch your step!) - all while graduating in three years with a BS in Communications.

    What We Know About Keara: Behind the Talent

    Keara's original plan was to work in video production, and she worked as summer intern in the Talent Casting and Voice Over department at Discovery Communications. "It was an amazing opportunity, but after experiencing the corporate world of TV and video production, I realized that it wasn't for me," she says. "Although I enjoy volunteering on smaller local films in my free time." Frankly, we find the fact that Keara has any free time amazing. While working with EBS full-time, she also works part-time as a licensed realtor.

    Fun Facts

    Bright Lights. I have a credit on IMDB, the film site. Probably the smallest profiles on that site, but it still counts.

    Dive Deep. I have my scuba certification and try to go diving at least once a year. My bucket list includes diving with sharks, but finding a dive buddy to go with me isn't easy!

    "Spare" Time. I took a bowling class in college. I'm pretty sure I only passed because the teacher felt bad, so please don't ask me to join your bowling league.

    Google It. Google my name. I'm either the most famous Keara Cleary or the only one.

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  • Stacey Grandizio

    Client Manager

    Early Years: Are you kitten me??

    Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Stacey was the youngest of three with an older brother and sister. Stacey's family never had a lot of pets, but about fifteen years ago, she came across a kitten who was 24 hours away from being sent to a shelter. Though she wasn't much of a cat person, the thought of another animal going to a shelter broke her heart, and she offered to take him in. Now she and her husband live with their cute fur baby, and Stacey drinks coffee out of a cat mug every morning.

    What we know about Stacey: A taste of Tuscany

    As an Italian, Stacey and her family love good food. In the evenings, she's always cooking or entertaining for friends. In her career, Stacey had focused on the voluntary benefits arena since graduating magna cum laude from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in mass communications. More recently, she began looking to expand outside the voluntary benefits niche. Due to a great relationship with a recruiter from a local executive search firm, Stacey was introduced to EBS and we're lucky to have her on the team. We also hope we might get to sample some tasty Italian food!

    Fun Facts

    26.2 Reasons for Working Out: I love to run, especially long distances. I've run a marathon, three half-marathons and several 5K races (so far).

    Inked Up: I have three tattoos.

    Consider it Cleaned! I'm a neat freak. My hidden talent is decluttering rooms and organizing drawers and closets.

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