Julie Turpin, CEO
Julie Turpin joined The Advocator Group in August 2012 from GCG Risk Management Consultants, where she was a Principal and Head of Operations. Prior to GCG, she was the Senior Vice President and Head of Operations in the Midwest Zone for Marsh USA. Julie brings over 14 years experience in executive roles with legal, energy, and insurance brokerage companies with US-based and global operations to her new role.
Throughout her career, Julie has led organizations to achieve process improvements, productivity gains, and higher output. With Julie’s ability to build high performance teams and to motivate employees to provide superior customer service, The Advocator Group continues to be dedicated to successfully helping individuals apply for and obtain Social Security Disability Insurance.
Michael Shunney, President and COO
Mike joined the Advocator Group in 2014, after several months of working with the company as a strategic leadership consultant through his advisory firm Shunney and Associates, LLC. Mike brings with him over 20 years of experience as a senior executive with Sun Life Financial, including roles as P&L leader of their Employee Benefits Group and President of U.S. Distribution. His expertise includes business strategy, particularly knowledge in distribution & sales, profit building, mergers & acquisitions, and organizational development. He is known for recognizing and rewarding talent and instilling strong competitive drive in team members to achieve organizational success.
Mike graduated from Merrimack College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance. He currently serves on advisory boards at Mobile Health Consumer (corporate health management technology) and Assist America (global emergency travel assistance provider), and on the Board of Directors for the Doug Flutie Jr. Autism Foundation and as a Trustee for Merrimack College.
Lauren Lomas, Vice President of Strategic Programs
Lauren Lomas joined The Advocator Group in 2008, and has held a variety of positions within the organization. Her deep industry experience and overall business acumen give her unique insight into the struggles many Medicare-eligible individuals may face and have been keys assets in the growth and development of Aevo Services. It means a great deal to Lauren to be able to offer a diverse suite of services to her clients since everyone’s needs are unique and will continue to change over time. Therefore, Lauren takes pride in her team’s ability to provide Aevo clients with a personalized experience as they navigate the often overwhelming process of selecting a Medicare plan.
Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the University of Rhode Island and holds her Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar and has her Massachusetts Resident License for Life & Health Insurance.
Nelson Acosta, Director of Technology
Nelson Acosta joined The Advocator Group in January 2011 from Agero, where he served as Team Manager and Principal Lead during several strategic IT implementation initiatives. As the Director of Technology, Nelson is responsible for technology development and information technology and infrastructure. During his time at the Advocator Group, his commitment to innovation has supported key business growth and operational optimization. Nelson graduated from Universidad Simon Bolivar in 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering with concentrations in database design, operating systems, and software engineering.
Nelson earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University in 2004, receiving the Distinction for Academic Excellence award upon graduation. His graduate work with the Information Security Lab enabled Boston University to be named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Adam Roy, Program Manager & Licensed Medicare Specialist
Adam has been with The Advocator Group since 2006 and has served in a diverse variety of roles giving him a comprehensive knowledge of the Social Security and Medicare processes. In his role as Program Manager & Licensed Medicare Specialist in the Medicare department, Adam is responsible for the oversight of key areas of improvement, data trending, and marketing techniques for business development along with conducting client evaluation and enrollment in Medicare health plans.
Adam has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gordon College and is a Resident Producer in Massachusetts for Life and Health Insurance with AHIP certification to offer Medicare products. Additionally, he holds Non-Resident licenses to offer Medicare products nationally.
Jeanne Caldwell, Licensed Medicare Insurance Specialist
Jeanne joined Aevo Services in 2018, bringing seven years of Medicare experience and expertise with her. She has her Massachusetts Resident License for Life and Health Insurance with AHIP certification to offer Medicare products. Jeanne also holds Non-Resident licenses to offer Medicare products in a variety of states. She takes great pride in delivering a positive client experience, and enjoys working alongside her fellow Aevo teammates to achieve this goal with each individual they assist.
Outside of work, Jeanne loves spending time with her grandsons, Max and Steven. She also enjoys reading, watching reality television shows, and travelling; she particularly enjoys visiting national parks, ranking Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon as two of her favorite destinations.
Linda Larocque, Licensed Medicare Specialist
Linda has held an insurance license for thirty years and has worked in many facets of the insurance industry, helping individuals with life insurance, disability insurance, 401K planning, pension maximization, and annuity investments. Several years ago, Linda had the opportunity to work on a pilot program enrolling individuals who were on Medicare and Medicaid into state funded health care. She saw firsthand how overwhelming Medicare enrollment can be and realized that she wanted to help make the transition onto Medicare easier and smoother.
Linda has been married for ten years and has a Cairn Terrier named Sophia Marie Joy. She likes to stay active and particularly enjoys hiking and yoga. When she isn’t exercising or spending time with her family, Linda enjoys watching tennis—she attends the US Open in New York City nearly every year and has even gone to Wimbledon!
Juan Ramos, Licensed Medicare Insurance Specialist
Juan Ramos joined the Aevo Services team in 2017 after working in sales and account management for over twenty years. This experience, along with earning his Bachelor of Arts in Social Services and his New Hampshire Resident License for Life and Health Insurance, gives Juan a unique perspective into the experience of individuals seeking Medicare benefits. He also holds multiple non-resident licenses to offer Medicare products in other states besides New Hampshire. Juan enjoys being able to assist a large number of individuals as they make important, careful decisions that impact them and their families.
In his spare time, Juan can be found completing a variety of home projects, gardening, golfing, or adding to his collection of Santa Claus figurines.
Dominic Colanton, Lead Generation Specialist
Dominic joined the Aevo team in 2018, and he brings a wide variety of experience to his role as a Lead Generation Specialist. He earned his Bachelor of Science studying Criminology and Law at Suffolk University and has worked as a youth advocate in addition to spending twenty-five years in the financial services industry. All of this gives him unique insight into some of the obstacles that clients may face while enrolling in a Medicare plan.
Dominic takes pride in providing the best service possible to his clients and he enjoys working alongside the Aevo Services team to help clients navigate through what is typically a very overwhelming process. Outside of work, Dominic enjoys golf and archery as well as participating in charitable projects.
Chris Rondeau, Lead Generation Specialist
Chris joined The Advocator Group in 2006 as a member of the benefit coordination team after working for five years with Aetna Insurance as a long term disability examiner and overpayment specialist. He is a hard working team player with strong time management and communication skills, and he brings over 12 years of both short and long term disability claim experience into his role as the Lead Generation Specialist with Aevo Insurance Services. Chris is tasked with screening clients to verify their Medicare eligibility and with ensuring that Aevo Insurance Services is a strong match for their unique health care and financial needs.
He is currently working to obtain his Life, Accident, and Health Insurance License. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura, and their two children.