Ms. Wegner has over thirty years of experience in the benefits field and has been involved in the design and development of benefits programs for both domestic and international operations. She is currently an independent consultant providing resources on both domestic and international benefits issues. Pat feels the health care delivery system in this country is at a crossroads. “We need to devise a system that meets the needs and demands of employees while controlling costs. We have worked ourselves into a situation that is not only difficult to comprehend, but difficult to unwind.”
Pat grew up in Indiana, lived in Chicago for a time, then spent twenty-five years in Wisconsin before moving to Texas where she currently resides. She has traveled internationally and spends a fair amount of time in Europe. Her passion is aviation. She owns and flies a classic 1947 Stinson Voyager. She also manages a non-profit museum dedicated to antique aircraft, vintage cars, stationary gasoline engines, and antique farm tools. The museum, which has a private landing strip, is located on her ranch just south of San Antonio, Texas. Pat has two step-children and a granddaughter.
Pat has worked for Quaker Oats Company, Western Publishing Company, Northwestern National Casualty Company, Universal Foods Corporation, and Johnson Controls, Inc. She is a certified employee benefit specialist (CEBS) and a graduate of Indiana University. Pat has taught in the Global Benefits Management program and currently teaches Health Benefit Plan Basics in the Certificate Series. She believes that people learn by applying principles and relating concepts to their individual situations. “I really enjoy teaching, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and learning from the students I teach.”
Participant comments taken from Pat ’s instructor evaluations:
Pat did a wonderful job of explaining concepts and answering questions.
Excellent! Great presenter.
Ms. Wegner did an excellent job. I have learned extremely valuable information.