Collective Knowledge

The RCG team provides expert guidance and strategic support to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. We’re experienced, skilled, and are continually learning the latest trends in our industry to help our clients create sustainable benefit plans that fit their needs for the long term. We put our combined decades of experience to work for you.

Jim Russel, MBA 

Managing Principal

Jim Russel, MBA Managing Principal Jim has an extensive background as an employee benefits consultant and is recognized for his expertise in benefit planning, strategic advice, and improving the value of benefit programs. Jim’s clients include employers, association health plans and multi-employer health and welfare trusts.

 

Prior to starting Russel Consulting Group in 2014, Jim worked in senior roles with national and regional benefit consulting firms, was a director of two multi-state group benefit health trusts, and early in his career, as a large-group underwriting manager for a national insurer.  

 

Jim has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with emphasis on insurance and finance, from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and an MBA from the University of Portland. Jim serves on industry boards, non-profits, and active with several professional organizations.  

 

In his spare time, Jim loves to master new culinary dishes, enjoys yoga and visiting Oregon wine country. He loves the game of golf, but wishes golf would love him in return. Jim is married to a first-grade teacher and together have two adult children: a freelance artist and a casualty actuary.

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Sally Hill, CEBS, ISCEBS Fellow

Senior Consultant

Sally has a diverse employee benefits background, spending the majority of her career in benefits consulting roles or in client management for several regional health insurers. Most recently, she worked in HR at a large, regional health system, where she was responsible for oversight of all benefit programs, with a primary focus on the self-funded medical, pharmacy and dental plans.

 

Her eclectic experience affords a unique perspective and technical expertise regarding all aspects of employee benefit plans. She has worked with wide range of clients, including non-profits, family-owned and public-sector, with special insight into hospitals and hospital systems. Her consulting approach is thoughtful, collaborative and client-centric, always with the client’s goals at the forefront.

 

Sally is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), attaining ISCEBS fellow status in 2008. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University.

Her free time is spent catering to the whims of two four-footed furry children (dog & cat), fighting a seemingly never-ending battle with weeds, ivy and blackberry vines in her yard, reading great books, seeing interesting films, travel and most important, enjoying time with family and

close friends.

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Julie Mauk

Senior Consultant

As a native Oregonian, Julie has significant benefits expertise in the Pacific Northwest marketplace, providing insurance services and benefit consulting to small to mid-size employers and nonprofits throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Prior to joining RCG, Julie worked for 17 years in various marketing and management roles with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. She has also owned her own firm Mauk and Associates, an independent insurance agency.

 

Julie enjoys traveling and exploring the world. She lives most of the year in South America. Julie has mastered the Argentinian “asado” – an outdoor cultural happening that brings together fire, meat, and friends. She is married to a linguist who owns a translation firm and together watch over several four-legged friends.

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Kevin McCartin

Senior Financial Strategist, McCartin Analytical Services

RCG client service agreements include the underwriting, actuarial, and plan design rating services of Kevin McCartin with McCartin Analytical Services. Kevin provides our experience rated insured and self-funded clients on plan design pricing, renewal analysis, financial projections, and in annual reserving requirements.

 

Prior to forming his own company, Kevin held senior actuarial and underwriting management positions for Regence, PACC, and Kaiser Permanente. Kevin has served on many industry boards, including Oregon Insurance Department Advisory Committee, Insurance Governing Board Member, Oregon Insurance Department Health Reform Advisory Committee, and Oregon Medical Insurance Pool Board.

 

In his free time, Kevin loves to garden, collects coins and stamps, and along with his wife, enjoys good wine, travel, and goofing around with his five grandkids.

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“Our approach is structured to be entirely client-centered. We offer cost-effective, factual, unbiased and impartial advice.”
Benefits delivered. Intentionally designed.

Jim Russel, MBA | Managing Principal

9570 SW Barbur Blvd | Suite 311 | Portland, OR 97219

503.828.9018 Office | 503.828.9833 Fax | jim@russelcg.com