Kristi Cherney holds an accounting degree, various certifications through the Wellness Council of America, has spent time volunteering for Feed My Starving Children and is a current member of Osceola Medical Center’s Advisory Council. With over a decade of experience, Kristi has had an eclectic upbringing to her approach in wellness, wellbeing, total rewards, healthcare management and leadership. Her career in this industry began with employee assistance and work-life balance programs for organizations ranging from 50-5,000 employees.
Development of her knowledge-base in wellbeing continued through the participation in an organizational acquisition and build-out of boutique health coaching programs leveraging motivational interviewing to drive long-term outcomes that exceeded industry average. Kristi had the unique opportunity to continue to grow in population health management expertise, with guidance from Nico Pronk, a world-known industry leader in effective population health management strategies. While working for HealthPartners, Kristi gained experience with onsite clinics, onsite health coaching and program management, strategic planning related to wellbeing programs and integration with health plans. She joined JA Counter in 2015 and works as the Chief Client Officer in the Employee Benefits Department, overseeing the account management team and ensuring satisfaction in client experience. As an advanced Account and Wellness Manager, she assists clients with selection, implementation and administration of their employee benefits packages. Kristi is focused on bringing practical solutions to organizations regarding health management, cost control, recruitment and overall culture that supports the wellbeing of employees; encouraging a win-win approach to reducing healthcare costs.