Meet our Compliance Team:
Autumn Ward, Jd
Autumn Ward joined 44North in October of 2011 as a blank canvas. Autumn previously resided in Lansing where she assisted with union negotiation and contract development.
Autumn was introduced to the healthcare profession in 2011 and maintains a fresh perspective on prominent healthcare issues. Since becoming 44North’s Compliance Officer, and being licensed as a Resident Producer in the state of Michigan, Autumn has shown immense passion for and commitment to the healthcare industry and has proven herself as a valuable asset to the vocation.
Autumn brings a legal perception and a wealth of analytical reasoning to 44North, drawing from her Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University and her Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has introduced an educational service feature to our customers and has improved consumer awareness.
Autumn has the ability to decipher the Affordable Care Act as well as Michigan legislation.
Autumn lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Michael, and their son, Sawyer. Autumn is an avid reader of Dan Brown. The conspiracy theories and foreign settings are very exciting. Autumn is extremely proud of her DVD and Blu-Ray collection. A wide array of action, science fiction, and fantasy, with the occasional romance, comedy, and horror, makes for quite the movie-buff’s Arcadia. With all the reading and movie-watching, Michael and Autumn still find time for their regular Sunday night bowling league and weekend trips to the Cadillac area for catching up with family.
Kelly Hugh, JD
Human Resources Consultant
Kelly Hugh joined 44North in June of 2013, expanding our compliance and human resource consulting team. Kelly came to us from the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, where she drafted administrative rules for all the licensed health professions in the state. Her regulatory background provides a strong foundation and application to the HR consulting field.
As a licensed attorney, Kelly brings a knowledge base and wealth of analytical reasoning to 44North. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a juris doctor from the Michigan State University College of Law. Kelly has the ability to navigate complex laws and regulations, translating that information to our clients in understandable terms.
Kelly lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and two sons. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking and watching really bad reality TV shows. Kelly is originally from the Chicago are so she and her family return often to visit family. When she does, she always stops at Portillo’s or Superdawg for a Chicago-style hot dog or Italian beef sandwich.
Deb has been with the company for more than seven years and has been the COBRA Administrator for the duration of her stay. The most fulfilling part of her position is when she has the opportunity to help a COBRA client continue their insurance coverage when it’s most needed. She also enjoys the camaraderie of the staff and knowing she can receive or give assistance as the need arises.
Deb lives in the Cadillac area with her husband and family. In the summer she enjoys gardening and dreaming about sitting on the beach enjoying a good book. Her favorite place to be in the winter is curled in front of the fireplace enjoying a good book, knitting and a glass of good wine. Her future plan includes to travel with her husband and friend to Italy where she can enjoy the beaches, its wine country and fine cuisine.
As a COBRA Processor, Arden assists in some of the daily duties and responsibilities of the COBRA Administrator. The main goal in the COBRA department is to help employers and employees understand their rights under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA). She helps supply the necessary information and means for employees to elect continuous coverage for themselves and/or their families in the event of losing benefits during a life changing event.
Arden moved back home to the Cadillac area after 8 years in Alaska with her two children in July 2015 to be closer too family. She enjoys being a mom and loves to go on walks and riding Trikkes with her children around Lake Cadillac. Arden enjoys hanging out and doing most anything, especially if it is with friends or family. Of course, she loves going to see the newest Marvel or DC movies or just going out for a Caramel Mocha Coffee with her kids.