Executive and Management Team

Workplace Options executive and management team is made up of people with a broad range of technology and business experience from successful startups to fortune 500 companies.

C. Dean Debnam
Chairman of the Board

C. Dean Debnam
Chairman of the Board

Since 1971, Dean has turned ideas into successful businesses. In 1993, he became CEO of Workplace Options and transformed it from a consultancy and management company into one of the world’s largest providers of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services and integrated work-life benefits. Dean’s diverse business background has helped him position Workplace Options as the supplier of choice to EAPs, businesses, and third-party vendors around the globe.

Alan King
President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan King
President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan brings more than 35 years of employee assistance and work-life experience to Workplace Options. He was VP at the Ceridian LifeWorks EAP, where he oversaw international resource and referral, provider relations, external training, quality control, and customer service. Prior to that, he managed resource and referral and central database operations at work-life consulting firm Work Family Directions.

Berjin Adibelli
Chief Financial Officer

Berjin Adibelli
Chief Financial Officer

Berjin began her career in finance in 1996 in her home country of Turkey with the Accor Corporation (Edenred). In 2000, she relocated to the United States and worked for Accor’s Work Life Benefits division as Accounting Manager and then as Director of Finance. She joined Workplace Options in 2005.

J Jean-Baptiste (JB)
Chief Revenue Officer

J Jean-Baptiste (JB)
Chief Revenue Officer

As Chief Revenue Officer, Jean-Baptiste (JB) has a pivotal role in overseeing WPO’s global sales, account management and partners worldwide and is responsible for driving new business opportunities and influencing the future of the company. His passion for sales and the wellness industry began when he was selling global Employee Assistance Programs and cross-cultural solutions to Fortune 1000 companies early in his career. Prior to the EAP industry, JB co-founded a language and cultural publishing company in Paris, France, and worked for an executive language and training company in London, UK. He currently resides with his family in Toronto, Canada.

Darrell Shipley
Chief Service Officer

Darrell Shipley
Chief Service Officer

Darrell oversees the Global Service Delivery Divisions for all of WPO’s 14 locations, 8 international service centers and global staff of 750+ employees. He has been with WPO for 21 years’ holding positions as SVP Global Service Delivery, and Director of Service Delivery.

His mission is to “First Serve the Customer,” drives the strategic vision for continuous quality, process, and productivity efficiency that has enabled WPO to scale and meet the growing needs of our clients. Darrell holds a B.S. degree in marketing from Penn State University.

Stephen Galliano
Chief Customer Officer

Stephen Galliano
Chief Customer Officer

As Chief Customer Officer, Stephen is responsible for all clients and partners around the world and for operational delivery of account management and support. He has worked in the global EAP and wellness industry for more than 25 years, often creating and launching these novel programs and operations for the first time in many countries. Stephen has worked extensively across all aspects of the industry including more than 10 years in top-level executive positions with overall P&L responsibility for another global EAP. He is a licensed psychologist and is a regular speaker at global and regional EAP conferences . As an industry thought leader, he has been featured in many industry publications. His expertise and experience bring additional depth and authority to the executive team.

Andrea Carska-Sheppard
General Counsel

Andrea Carska-Sheppard
General Counsel

Andrea is in charge of legal affairs for Workplace Options. Trained in both common law and civil law at McGill Law School, she has lived and practiced law in several countries on multiple continents. She is licensed lawyer in New York State, Canada (Ontario), the Solicitor of England and Wales, European Registered Lawyer and is admitted to the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York.

Molly Hall
Chief of Staff

Molly Hall
Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Molly oversees the business operations, human resources and internal wellness programs for WPO globally. With over 13 years’ experience managing different functions at WPO including network services and compliance, Molly is dedicated to driving operational success and strives to find new ways and strategies to support our continued growth and success. Molly holds a BA degree from Elon University in Political Science and is a certified ISO9001 Lead Auditor.

Praveen Kodikkambrath
Chief Technology Officer

Praveen Kodikkambrath
Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Praveen oversees the overall IT strategy and business technology transformation and innovation for WPO. Praveen brings several years of experience and the highest of qualifications including a Master’s degree in Computer Applications. Prior to WPO, he has spent 22 years in multiple technology and business leadership positions within large and medium scale IT services companies. His technical vision and world class expertise will be instrumental to WPO’s progress in providing the most relevant and meaningful support to our customers.

Arun Raj
Chief Information Security Officer

Arun Raj
Chief Information Security Officer

Arun leads and manages Workplace Options’ information security and privacy compliance programs, maintains compliance with present and upcoming regulations, and provides security control and privacy assurance to various global stakeholders. He has a strong background in information security, cybersecurity and privacy regulations and holds multiple certifications including CISSP, TOGAF 9, Ethical Hacking and Forensic Investigation, ISO 27001, ISO 31000, COBIT and GDPR. Arun came to Workplace Options from Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services, where he served as information security manager. He has also worked in government.

Yves Bassens
SVP Member Experience

Yves Bassens
SVP Member Experience

Yves Bassens is responsible for understanding the needs and expectations of members, focusing heavily on the customer, and guiding strategy to continuously improve the experience for both individuals and organizations supported by Workplace Options. A licensed psychologist with more than 35 years of global EAP experience, Yves is a former CEO of an employee wellbeing organization in France and Belgium. He is an active member of the following nonprofit organizations: ALIAS, EAEF (Employee Assistance European Forum), and FIRPS (Fédération des Intervenants des Risques Psychosociaux).

Lisa Zereski
VP Global Product
and Content Development

Lisa Zereski
VP Global Product
and Content Development

Lisa’s team develops new products and relationships with product partners and develops Web content that supports WPO clients. Prior to joining Workplace Options, Lisa managed Ceridian LifeWorks’ Affiliate Management program.

Debbie Jongkind
RD, LDN, PCC, NBC-HWC
VP Global Coaching Services

Debbie Jongkind
RD, LDN, PCC, NBC-HWC
VP Global Coaching Services

Debbie oversees WPO’s wellness services and directs the global coach training program. She develops coaching teams who deliver wellbeing services to employees worldwide. Before joining Workplace Options as Director of Wellness in 2013, Jongkind served as Senior Coach at ValueOptions and provided health coaching for Duke’s Employee Wellness Program. She is a Registered Licensed Dietitian and is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.

Sarah Wood
VP of Global Work-Life
Products & Services

Sarah Wood
VP of Global Work-Life
Products & Services

Sarah started out on the elder care team, going on to serve as an elder care team lead, a project and resource manager, and the director of learning development. She entered her current role as Vice President of Global Work-Life Products and Services in the fall of 2019. Sarah’s current responsibilities include overseeing the operations of all of Workplace Options’ work-life products and other programs. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Furman University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kennette Thigpen
PhD, MSW, LCSW-S
VP of Clinical Crisis and Specialty Services

Kennette Thigpen
PhD, MSW, LCSW-S
VP of Clinical Crisis and Specialty Services

Kennette joined the Workplace Options team in May of 2013 as Clinical Operations Manager and transitioned to her current role in 2019. As VP of Clinical Crisis and Specialty Services, she specializes in developing specialty teams, streamlining and implementing processes across global service centers, maintaining unified processes and service quality while adapting to varying cultural contexts. Kennette holds a PhD in International Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as a master’s degree in social work from East Carolina University.

Alison Brown
VP of Global Clinical Quality

Alison Brown
VP of Global Clinical Quality

As Vice President of Global Clinical Quality, Alison is responsible for the development, implementation, and adherence to our global clinical policies and for the provision of Clinical Supervision across the organisation. Prior to this role, she served as a clinical team lead, Service Delivery Manager for the UK, and Director of Clinical Services in Europe. Before joining Workplace Options, Alison worked in a number of people management roles at a major management consultancy firm.

Jessica Morgan
VP of Global Clinical Service Delivery

Jessica Morgan
VP of Global Clinical Service Delivery

Jessica is responsible for ensuring Workplace Options’ clinical services are streamlined and delivered with the highest quality around the globe. She has extensive clinical and management experience gained from working as a psychologist and counselor both in the community and in private practice. Prior to her current role, she served as a clinical supervisor in the Toronto office and as the Director of Clinical Operations.