Burlingon, MA Office

Michael J. Rodgers, Jr.

Principal and Managing Partner of Axial Benefits Group

As the Principal and Managing Partner of Axial Benefits Group, Mr. Rodgers brings his extensive background in health and welfare plans to Axial's clients.

He has been pioneering Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions since 2009, specializing in assisting medium and large corporations, many of whom have multi-state locations, with the development of effective health care programs. Read Full Bio [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Shawna E. Brackett

Director of Client Services - Employee Benefits

Shawna graduated from Merrimack College in 2007 with a degree in Marketing and Business. While attending college she worked as an intern with Axial and has been with us ever since. Shawna's role as an Director of Client Services  - Employee Benefits includes, but is not limited to, handling all aspects of managing the implementation, enrollments, and Read Full Bio [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Lyndsay Diggins

Senior Account Manager & Team Lead - Employee Benefits

Lyndsay graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2004 with a degree in Communications and Sociology. Lyndsay’s role as an Account Manager - Employee Benefits includes handling all aspects of managing the implementation, enrollments, and renewals of various lines of insurance products that our clients maintain. Read Full Bio [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Daniel Lahiff

Retirement Plan Associate - Employee Benefits

Dan graduated from Merrimack College in 2011 with a degree in English, and a minor in Business Administration. While at Merrimack, Dan spent a year interning at Axial, and has remained with the firm since. He currently works as a member of our benefits team, specializing in corporate-sponsored retirement planning, Read Full Bio [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Mary Ponte

Account Manager & Team Lead - Employee Benefits

Mary joined Axial Benefits Group in June 2016. She holds a BA degree in Communications and Public Relations from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and a MS degree in Organizational Management from Lasell College. She has over 9 years’ experience in Human Resources, employee health and welfare benefits and group insurance plans. . Read Full Bio [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Theodore Stephanides, MBA

Data Analyst – Employee Benefits

Theodore Stephanides graduated from Hellenic College in May 2013. Shortly after, he worked for Jones Lang LaSalle until 2015. He also holds an MBA from the Van Loan School of Business at Endicott College. Theodore has worked in a few Software/IT firms since he graduated in 2013. Read Full Bio

Michelle Lynch

Executive Assistant/Operations Manager - Employee Benefits

Michelle joined Axial in March 2018.

Michelle has over 20 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant and Operations Manager. Prior to joining Axial, she worked at Amazon Robotics, North Reading and Epsilon, Wakefield. 

Michelle assists the team with contracts, putting policies in place, meetings, and all day to day duties to ensure the office is running smoothly.

Michelle is an Ambassador for Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Successfully raising over $25,000 for the events she has participated in over the years.

Michelle lives in Tewksbury with her husband and son and enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and giving back to the community in her free time.