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Who We Are

We’ve provided Civilian Federal Employees and their loved ones with dependable life insurance since 1943. While times have changed, our mission to promote the health, welfare, and financial well-being of our members has remained the same.

For Feds, By Feds

As a non-profit formed For Feds, By Feds, we understand what it takes to help provide peace of mind. More than 46,000 Feds and their families choose WAEPA’s portable life insurance coverage to help protect the future of their families.

While we actively provide more than $10 billion in coverage to Feds, we’ve refunded over $100 million in premiums since 1996. That’s one way how WAEPA serves Feds who serve our country.

A Walk Through WAEPA’s History

1943

Our Mission Begins

War Agencies Employees Protective Association (WAEPA) emerged as an affordable life insurance provider for civilian federal employees serving in war zones during World War 2. These Feds were offered up to $10,000 coverage, based on salary.

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1945

Premium Refunds Launched

Insured members received WAEPA’s first premium refund.

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1949

AD&D Coverage Offered

Members were provided $10,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage for free.

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1954

Retirees Received Coverage

Retired members benefitted from insurance coverage.

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1961

For Feds and Families

Optional dependent coverage was offered.

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1961

We Are WAEPA

War Agencies Employees Protective Association is simply renamed to WAEPA.

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1986

Coverage Amounts Increased

WAEPA introduced new group term plans for life insurance, providing up to $300,000 in life insurance for members and up to $100,000 in life insurance for spouses.

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1994

Couples Covered Longer

Coverage for members and their spouses was extended to age 75.

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1997

More Premiums in Pockets

Premiums were reduced for members age 45 through 59.

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1997

Here for Longer

Member coverage was extended to age 80.

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1999

Premiums Reduced Again

Premiums were reduced for members ages 40 through 74.

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1999

Love Birds for Life

WAEPA furthered its protection to members’ and U.S. Government employees’ loved ones by offering spousal coverage.

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2000

Coverage Increased Again

Group Term Life Insurance coverage amount increased to $500,000 for members and up to $250,000 for spouses.

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2002

Protection for New Feds

Protection with Guaranteed Issue coverage was offered to newly hired federal employees.

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2006

New Coverage Milestone

Group Term Life Insurance coverage amount grew to $750,000.

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2006

Invested in Education

WAEPA launched its Scholarship Program to financially support insured members’ children.

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2015

Insurance Rates Reduced

All members under age 40 benefitted from reduced rates.

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2015

World-class Resources for Federal Employees

WAEPA partnered with the National Institute of Transition Planning (NITP) to host educational webinars for federal employees wanting to learn more about financial and retirement planning.

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2016

Reduced Rates Expand

All members age 40 and over benefitted from reduced rates.

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2017

Welcoming New York Life

New York Life Insurance Company became the sole underwriters for WAEPA Group Term Life Insurance*. With the change, coverage limits grew from $750,000 to $1.5 million for members and up to $500,000 for spouses.

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2017

Financial Wellness with Ernst & Young

WAEPA partnered with Ernst & Young (EY) to provide a Financial Wellness Planning program to members.

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2017

Our Group Gathered

WAEPA hosted its first Member Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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2018

Living Benefits Launched

Chronic Illness Rider (CIR) Introduced to membership.

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2019

Protection for Furloughed Feds

Premiums waived for all members during the historic government furlough.

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Meet the People of WAEPA

George A. Godding, Jr.
Douglas Goodell
Jonathan R. Cantor
Patricia Bak
James Brent, Jr.
Kevin Cooke, Jr.
Jay L. Cooper
Lamar Dunn
Christi Grimm
Winona Lake-Scott
Kevin E. Mahoney
Jean Moody-Williams
Paul A. Pollock
George A. Godding, Jr.
Member of the Finance Committee and the IT Committee

George’s extensive Federal career began at the Interstate Commerce Commission, and later the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he spent most of his career.

Meet George
Douglas Goodell
President of the Board and Member of the Finance Committee

Douglas’ 27-year-long career in the Federal space includes his experience at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

Meet Douglas
Jonathan R. Cantor
Member of the Finance Committee and IT Committee

Jonathan’s career in the Federal workforce spans time with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, and the Social Security Administration.

Meet Jonathan
Patricia Bak
Chair of the Products and Services Committee and Member of the Governance Committee

Patricia formerly served as Deputy Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she has also served as Acting Executive Director and Acting CIO.

Meet Patricia
James Brent, Jr.
Member of the Finance Committee and Products and Services Committee

James has spent nearly three decades building his career with the Federal government at USDA and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Meet James
Kevin Cooke, Jr.
Member of the IT Committee and Products and Services Committee

Kevin has spent 25 years building his career with the federal government, currently working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Meet Kevin
Jay L. Cooper
Member of the Governance Committee and the IT Committee

Jay has 36 years of experience in the Federal Government, which have included three tours overseas and time working with the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory.

Meet Jay
Lamar Dunn
Secretary-Treasurer of the Board, Chair of the Finance Committee, Member of the IT Committee

Lamar kicked off his career as a Civilian Federal Employee in 2002 with the Transportation Security Administration until he joined the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in 2005.

Meet Lamar
Christi Grimm
Member of the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee

Christi has more than 20 years of Government service at the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Meet Christi
Winona Lake-Scott
Member of the Governance Committee and the Products and Services Committee

Winona has over 18 years of experience in leadership at the federal, state, and local levels, with most of her career spent with USDA.

Meet Winona
Kevin E. Mahoney
Vice President of the Board, Chair of the Governance Committee and Member of the Products and Services Committee

Kevin’s Federal Government career features a range of experience with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, U.S. Small Business Administration, and U.S. Department of Commerce.

Meet Kevin
Jean Moody-Williams
Member of the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee

Jean is a distinguished Licensed Registered Nurse, SES professional, and published author who currently works for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Meet Jean
Paul A. Pollock
Member of the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee

Paul’s extensive career with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command has taken him all across the world.

Meet Paul
Shane Canfield
Brandon Jones
Stephanie Baker
Laurie Lee
Stacy Outlaw
Tony Zerante
Shane Canfield
Chief Executive Officer

M. Shane Canfield brings more than 25 years of experience in insurance and non-profit leadership to WAEPA. In his role as WAEPA CEO, Shane is responsible for strategic planning and leadership, managing stakeholder relationships, and serving our Board of Directors in organizational oversight.

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Brandon Jones
Chief Information Officer

Brandon T. Jones brings over 18 years of experience in management, information assurance, cybersecurity, and information technology to WAEPA. After working in the DoD, commercial and nonprofit sectors, Brandon joined WAEPA in 2018 to lead our IT Team.

Meet Brandon
Stephanie Baker
Senior Vice President, Member Services

Stephanie Baker is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of service operations experience in the insurance industry. She supports WAEPA by leading the Member Services staff, the largest department in the organization.

Meet Stephanie
Laurie Lee
Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

Laurie Lee brings more than 25 years of executive-level experience in strategic planning and leadership. She joined WAEPA in 2019 after serving as CFO in the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades. Her expertise is in the development and execution of management strategy, leading financial operations, and streamlining financial procedures to create the best business practices.

Meet Laurie
Stacy Outlaw
Senior Vice President, Marketing

Stacy Outlaw is an award-winning marketing executive with more than 19 years of experience building brands, increasing revenue and creating effective campaigns.

Meet Stacy
Tony Zerante
Senior Vice President, Operations

As our Director of Strategic Operations, Tony leads our Financial Services team and oversees various large-scale projects impacting our organization and membership.

Meet Tony