Mike Shunney

Chief Executive Officer
Mike joined the Advocator Group in 2014, after several months of working with the company as a strategic leadership consultant through his advisory firm Shunney and Associates, LLC. Mike brings with him over 20 years of experience as a senior executive with Sun Life Financial, including roles as P&L leader of their Employee Benefits Group and Presi­dent of U.S. Distribution. His expertise includes business strategy, particularly knowledge in distribution & sales, profit building, mergers & acquisitions, and organizational development. He is known for recognizing and rewarding talent and instilling strong competitive drive in team members to achieve organizational success. Mike graduated from Merrimack College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance. He has served on advisory boards at Mobile Health Consumer (corporate health management technology) and Assist America (global emergency travel assistance provider), and on the Board of Directors for the Doug Flutie Jr. Autism Foundation. [email protected] | LinkedIn

Shawn Abbatessa

Chief of Staff
Shawn joined The Advocator Group in 2020 from The Arc of Volusia, where he most recently served as the Vice President of Operations. Shawn brings with him over twenty years of experience in leadership, sales, marketing, and operations. Community engagement is important to Shawn, currently serving on the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors and having previously Chaired the Leadership Daytona Alumni Council and Elevate Daytona Committee. Shawn spent several years in the hospitality industry after returning from the United States Air Force, where he performed security and law enforcement duties in the Desert Shield/Desert Storm operations. Among other responsibilities as Chief of Staff, Shawn is responsible for organizing and prioritizing critical initiatives, strategic plans, priories, and policies for The Advocator Group. [email protected] | LinkedIn

Gina Schreiber

Senior Vice President, Account Management & Aevo Insurance Services
Gina joined The Advocator Group in 2014 and leads multiple teams, serving various audiences within and outside of the organization. She drives her teams to execute for strong results while also working to continually increase customer performance. Gina joined us from Sun Life Financial, where she spent 15 years developing a deep understanding of the employee benefits industry through a variety of roles in Risk Management as well as Distribution. Gina’s expertise includes relationship management, leading high performing teams, and developing innovative strategies to drive growth. She is known for building strong relationships and for bringing people together to achieve results. [email protected] | LinkedIn

Courtney Scott

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing
Courtney has 20 years of experience leading marketing, sales, and business development functions within rapidly growing companies. Her senior management experience includes leading organizations through periods of ambitious change to successful, measurable outcomes. She served as the Director of Marketing at both FirstGiving, a leading online fundraising platform, and Gentle Giant Moving Company, one of the largest residential moving company nationwide. Previously, she held several professional service and client-facing roles at MediaMap, a PR software and media consulting agency. She holds an Masters of Business Administration from the FW Olin School of Business at Babson College and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish language from Bates College. She serves on the board of Notre Dame Cristo Rey, providing college preparatory education enhanced by professional work experience for young men and women from families with limited income, and previously served on the boards of Creative Action Institute and Read to a Child Boston. [email protected] | LinkedIn | Twitter

Sean Sullivan

Senior Vice President, Operations and Performance
Sean joined The Advocator Group in 2006 and currently serves in the role of Senior Vice President of Operations and Performance. In this role, Sean oversees the entire operation from the moment a new client is onboarded through their SSDI award and reimbursement. He also manages company-wide data analytics, focusing heavily on metrics and forecasting. During his tenure with The Advocator Group, Sean has managed several departments and has spent a considerable amount of time working directly with corporate customers. Sean works to turn data into information that drives the business forward. He is able to build strong teams that push for results and execution. Sean graduated from Dartmouth College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, while participating as a member of multiple leadership tribunals. He also received a Juris Doctor from New England Law and acts as an Authorized SSDI Representative. [email protected] | LinkedIn

Megan Reid

Vice President, Account Management Operations
Megan joined The Advocator Group in 2016 with the acquisition of Social Security Advocates for the Disabled (SSAD). She currently serves in the role of Vice President, Account Management Operations. With 18 years of SSDI advocacy experience and an extensive background in SSDI and LTD benefit integration, Megan has held a variety of leadership roles, from managing operational teams to legal strategy and internal compliance. She works closely with corporate customers to deliver industry-leading services and provide them with critical benchmarking data and guidance as to how to optimize the results of their SSDI programs. She is known for developing customized solutions to meet unique customer needs and building strong, lasting partnerships. Megan graduated from Stonehill College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English. [email protected] | LinkedIn

Stacy Williams

Vice President, Finance and Operations
Stacy joined The Advocator Group in 2009, bringing more than twenty years of progressive accounting experience with emphasis on corporate accounting, financial planning, analysis and reporting. She has extensive knowledge in building the foundations of accounting operations in smaller, rapidly growing organizations. Her experience includes managing system implementations and analytical reporting tools, developing accounting operational efficiencies, Sarbanes Oxley and internal controls, SEC reporting, investor relations, international accounting, and financial statement consolidations. Prior to joining The Advocator Group, Stacy has held various positions with venture capital-backed, privately-held, and publicly-traded companies in the software, medical device, and advertising industries. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Nichols College and a Master of Business Administration from the FW Olin School of Business at Babson College. [email protected] | LinkedIn