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Benefits Specialists

   CSEA Employee Benefit Fund (EBF) regional benefits specialists serve as a liaison between the EBF, members and the CSEA staff. Benefits Specialists assist Labor Relations Specialists, local government negotiating teams, and bargaining units during the contract negotiation process. They provide dental and vision benefit comparisons, give in-depth presentations to CSEA officers, bargaining units and management negotiating teams and assess the appropriate rate structure and participation levels applicable to obtaining and implementing EBF benefits.

   State Benefits Specialists also assist in the daily service of CSEA State and Unified Court System members with inquiries, questions and issues pertaining to the EBF benefits for these bargaining units. State Benefits Specialists are also available to provide presentations at membership meetings, information days and health fairs to help educate the State and UCS members on their benefit packages.

   To find out more information about how the valuable benefits offered by the EBF can help the members in the bargaining units you are in and how to obtain them, please contact your Benefits Specialist. We are YOUR benefit resource!

Regional Benefits Specialists
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Candace Sclafani

Sr. Benefits Specialist, Region 1

Candace Sclafani serves as a Senior Benefits Specialist for CSEA Region 1. Prior to joining the EBF she worked in retail as a Customer Relationship & Marketing Manager. She graduated from Alfred University in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in expanded media and printmaking. This included coursework in marketing and family business management.


Jordan Rider

Sr. Benefits Specialist, Region 3

Jordan Rider graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Before joining CSEA Employee Benefit Fund, Jordan worked as a sales representative. Jordan began her career with the CSEA EBF as a Region 3 Senior Benefits Specialist in August, 2014.


Erin Bazinet

Sr. Benefits Specialist, Region 4

Erin Bazinet graduated from Le Moyne College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Management Information Systems. She has served as CSEA Region 4 Senior Benefits Specialist of the Benefit Fund since 2010 having previously worked in Public Relations for the Albany Medical College Alumni Association for a five year period.


Geoff Switts

Sr. Benefits Specialist, Region 5

Geoff Switts serves as a Senior Benefits Specialist for CSEA Region 5. He began his career at the Employee Benefit Fund as a State Benefits Specialist for CSEA Regions 1-4. He also served Regions 3 and 4 as a Senior Benefits Specialist. Geoff has a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Master of Science in Education from The College of Saint Rose. In addition to prior work in college administration for SUNY, he has also served as an elementary school teacher in kindergarten and fourth grade.


Jim Aldrich

Sr. Benefits Specialist, Region 6

Jim Aldrich serves as Senior Benefits Specialist with the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund (EBF). He currently services CSEA Region 6. Before starting his career with the EBF team he worked in the private sector for over a decade. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from the University at Albany.


Kylie Chard

State Benefits Specialist, All Regions

Kylie Chard attended Hudson Valley Community College, and began her career with the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund in 2012. Kylie worked in the EBF's Member Services Unit and specialized in eligibility and enrollment. Kylie excelled at helping member's understand their EBF benefits, with a special emphasis on the EBF's vision plan. She was promoted to the position of State Marketing Specialist in January 2015.


Michael Grogan

State Benefits Specialist, All Regions

Michael Grogan serves as a State Benefits Specialist for the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund (EBF). He began his career at the EBF in 2016 working as an intern. In 2018 he was hired full time in to the EBF's Marketing Department. He was then promoted to the position of State Benefits Specialist. He produces and maintains the content for the EBF social media accounts. Michael enjoys biking and other outdoor activities when he’s not working.


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