Chris McSwain is President of Integrated Benefits Institute.
Using his 20 years of experience in the employer sector, Chris directs IBI’s activities and advances its strategic agenda. Before joining IBI, Chris led human resource transformation at Walmart, Whirlpool, General Dynamics, Novartis, Syngenta and SCANA. At each, Chris solved complex health, wellbeing, productivity, and human capital challenges to increase business performance, manage costs and produce breakthrough levels of employee engagement. Most recently, Chris served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Aasonn, in addition to growing his consulting practice and pursuing entrepreneurial interests with early stage start-ups.
He has been a board member for Dossia, the Center for Health Value Innovation, a Global Knowledge Exchange Network Delegate, and World at Work Benefits Advisory Council among others. He served as a member of the IBI Board of Directors beginning in 2005 and as IBI Board Chair from 2006 to 2010. In 2013, as a global leader he co-founded WorldWideWellbeing.org.
Brian Gifford is the Director of Research and Analytics at the Integrated Benefits Institute.
Brian joined IBI in September 2008 and is responsible for a variety of research and analytic programs focused on the investment value of a healthy, high-performing workforce. Brian came to IBI from the RAND Corporation, where his research focused primarily on workforce recruitment, training, performance and retention. Prior to RAND, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He has additional expertise in the sociology of organizations.
He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. His Ph.D. dissertation on institutional determinants of public social welfare spending received the American Sociological Association’s annual Dissertation Award in 2004.
Gia Harris is the Manager of Marketing & Communications at Integrated Benefits Institute.
Before joining IBI, she worked in digital health marketing after several years as a worker’s compensation underwriter. Gia has worked on the staff of several literary journals, the most recent of which published work from the medical humanities field. Of late, her research has regarded the use of new media to disseminate health information and influence health behavior change.
Gia received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, where she dual-concentrated in Health & Society and Fiction Writing. She went on to receive her Master’s in Public Health from University of Pennsylvania, emphasizing in health communication.
Rico Lin is the Data Analyst at Integrated Benefits Institute.
Before joining IBI, he worked as an intern for Kaiser Permanente, where he assisted the Customer Analytics and Reporting Department. At Kaiser, Rico completed ad hoc requests and updated client portfolio tools used by the account management team. Some of his most significant accomplishments during his internship include developing a master dataset used to measure the department’s performance and constructing a master data visualization template for the department’s ad hoc reports.
Rico received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of California at Davis.
Dr. Thomas Parry is President Emeritus of the Integrated Benefits Institute.
Before co-founding IBI, he served 11 years as Research Director at the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. His research at CWCI encompassed a wide variety of topics in workers’ compensation, including medical treatment patterns, vocational rehabilitation costs and effectiveness, legal costs and trends, medical utilization, mental stress claims, and physical therapy patterns of care. While at CWCI, Parry was engaged in some of the earliest research and analysis on 24-hour coverage and integrated benefits.
Parry speaks on integrated benefits and health and productivity issues at conferences and symposia in the United States and internationally. He served for five years as research advisor to the Roadway Express Inc. Medical Board. Parry received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.