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2022 WAEPA Federal Summit and Annual Member Meeting

Register for the 2022 Federal Summit and Annual Member Meeting

Space is limited – Register today!

Join us on Thursday, October 20, 2022 to hear from WAEPA leadership and federal experts. WAEPA will host this event in-person for Civilian Federal Employees at the Ronald Reagan Building located in Washington, DC. We will also live-stream the event.

Registration is free and all Civilian Federal Employees are welcome.

Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be available to those who attend in person.

Meet Our Speakers

Joe Theismann | Super Bowl Champion, Emmy Award-Winning NFL Analyst

The most successful quarterback in the history of Washington’s NFL franchise, Joe Theismann is also a world-class entrepreneur whose positive, high-energy presentations provide audiences with strategies for handling trying circumstances and dealing with unforeseen change. Voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and twice named both the Pro Bowl’s Most Valuable Player and the NFL’s Man of the Year, Theismann led his team to the Super Bowl XVII championship. After a serious injury abruptly ended his football career, Theismann learned firsthand how to think, analyze, and reinvent in the face of adversity and change. An Emmy award-winning analyst for two decades on ESPN’s critically acclaimed Sunday Night and Monday Night NFL broadcasts, Theismann challenges audiences to recognize the potential that lies within—as individuals and as members of a team.

M. Shane Canfield | CEO, WAEPA

M. Shane Canfield brings more than 25 years of experience in insurance and non-profit leadership to WAEPA.

Shane came to WAEPA in 2016 and served previously as Executive Director of the Council on Employee Benefits. He has spent most of his career in the pooled-risk group/affinity insurance industry. 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. With extensive experience in coalition building, government relations, and reporting to Boards, Shane leads WAEPA by consistently prioritizing member satisfaction, membership growth, and retention.

He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from George Mason University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington Adventist University, and is a board member for the Council of HR Management Associations, member of LIMRA, PIMA, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), and is a past board member of the ASAE Business Services Inc. Additionally, Shane holds various certifications, including CEBS, RHU, CAE, SPHR, and SHRM-SCP.

Meet Our Panelists

Moderator | Mimi Geerges | Government Matters

Mimi Geerges has extensive hosting, interviewing and producing experience in broadcast, cable and radio including her own show, “The Mimi Geerges Show,” on PBS affiliated WHUT-TV. She has also worked with Sirius-XM Radio, C-SPAN and Al Jazeera English. She has interviewed high profile guests such as President Jimmy Carter, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director Michael Hayden and many more. Mimi has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and Master’s in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University.

Panelist | Kevin Moss | Consumers’ Checkbook

Kevin Moss serves as the Director of Marketing for Checkbook Health and is a senior editor with Consumers’ Checkbook. He has over 20 years of experience at Checkbook leading marketing and fundraising initiatives. During that time he has led development of Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees by working with federal agencies on customized website solutions to deliver the Guide to hundreds of thousands of active and retired federal employees during Open Season. During Open Season he holds numerous FEHB webinars for federal employees and regularly appears on federal employee websites and podcasts. He holds an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University and a BS from the University of Wyoming.

Panelist | Courtney Bublé | Government Executive

Courtney Bublé is a staff correspondent who covers the federal government with a focus on oversight, management, contacting and regulations. She is a frequent guest on Government Executive’s daily podcast. In 2022, she won the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ Young Leaders Scholarship and was selected for the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship for 2022-2023. Before joining Government Executive in July 2019, she worked for NBC News. Courtney graduated from The George Washington University in 2018.

Panelist | Deborah Hatch | Pinnacle Personnel Services, LLC

Deborah Hatch has an extensive amount of training experience in both technical and soft skill elements of human resources management, leadership, and federal benefits. She has worked for, and with the federal government since 1995. She was a federal employee, within Departments of Defense, Air Force, and Veterans Affairs. After leaving the government, Debbie worked with Federal Benefits Services, LLC. (2004 – present), Retire Federal (2018) and founded Pinnacle Personnel Services, LLC. (2005 – present). She has conducted thousands of retirement / benefits seminars and webinars for dozens of federal agencies and over 56 DoD installations, worldwide. She’s trained countless federal employees on their retirement and federal benefits using her personal retirement triad: Health, Wealth, & Personal Fulfillment. She has a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University.



Please enjoy a complimentary breakfast while you wait for the event to begin.


WAEPA CEO M. Shane Canfield provides an update on WAEPA, followed by a panel discussion with WAEPA’s senior leadership.


Former NFL MVP and Super Bowl Champion Joe Theismann provides our audience with strategies for handling trying circumstances, dealing with unforeseen change, and realizing their full potential. Live Q&A session to follow.

10:45 am | BREAK

Please enjoy complimentary coffee and refreshments in the Pavillion foyer.


Government Matters Host Mimi Geerges moderates WAEPA’s 2022 Federal Benefits Panel. Featuring Courtney Buble of Government Executive, Debbie Hatch of Pinnacle Personnel Services, and Kevin Moss of Consumers’ Checkbook.

12:00 pm | END OF EVENT

Please enjoy a complimentary lunch at the conclusion of the event.