Our Team

Ned Havern bio thumbnail Ned Havern
President
Education – B.A. Boston College, Licensed National Life & Health Advisor
Expertise – Employee Benefits Advising, Global Market Knowledge, Financial Analysis
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Ned Havern founded Havern Benefits Strategies to provide a best in class advising team for organizations in need of employee health and wealth benefit packages. Prior to HBS, Ned served as an employee benefits advisor at National Financial Partners assisting companies of all sizes and growth stages with their employee benefit decisions to design competitive employee plans while mitigating increasing annual costs and liability to his clients. His NFP team became an elite consulting firm and established national recognition as a top national consulting and brokerage firm.

Ned has a unique niche expertise in the national and global cross-border employee benefits market. His HBS team offers specialized advising for Canadian owned companies navigating their US employee benefits decisions in the challenging and always changing foreign US health and wealth market.

Prior to his career in employee benefits, Ned was a three-time member of the Hockey East all-academic team and varsity Hockey player at Boston College. He was drafted in the 2002 NHL draft. Ned is an avid golfer and skier and currently resides in downtown Boston.

Rob Hegarty bio thumbnail Rob Hegarty
Senior Advisor
Education – M.B.A Babson College, B.S. North Adams College
Expertise – Business Strategies, Technology, Business Development
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Rob Hegarty is General Manager of Financial Markets and Fintech for DataRobot, the category creator and leading provider of automated machine learning. Rob has global responsibility for the industry vertical strategy, Go To Market, and revenue/growth targets for those businesses.

Prior to joining DataRobot in 2019, Rob was Founder and Managing Partner of Hegarty Group, a strategic research, advisory and consulting firm at the intersection of financial markets, technology and data. Previously, Rob was Global Head of Equities for Thomson Reuters where he had overall responsibility for Thomson Reuters' global equities business, including all Equities desktop, transactions, data feeds, and analytics businesses. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Rob was Managing Director, Strategy and Marketing at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) overseeing strategy, planning, marketing, and corporate development. Prior to that he spent 10 years at TowerGroup, where he launched and led TowerGroup's Investment Management practice. Rob also held leadership positions at Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, and Coopers & Lybrand.

Rob has served on the boards of public and private companies, and many industry boards. He has been a featured speaker at dozens of industry conferences globally and has appeared regularly on CNBC-TV (U.S. and Europe), ABC-TV and other broadcast outlets. Rob holds an M.B.A. with a finance/marketing concentration from Babson College and a B.S. in computer science from North Adams State College.

Rob enjoys time with his family on the beach, golfing, and biking. He currently resides in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Tracy Deforge bio thumbnail Tracy Deforge
Senior Advisor
Education – J.D. Seton Hall University, B.A. Wagner College
Expertise – Entrepreneurial COO, CFO, Human Relations, Venture Investment
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Tracy is a Senior Advisor at Havern Benefits Strategies focused on the growth of early stage companies, venture investment and employee culture. Tracy’s background brings more than a decade of management expertise, startup business initiatives, and legal affairs. Tracy has been starting, growing, and selling companies for over 10 years. Most recently as COO at Burst, her expertise was specializing in business operations, technology, and human relations. She also served as Director of East Coast Operations for Active.com and Vision Sports & Entertainment. Tracy has been intimately involved in all aspects of entrepreneurship, from envisioning the concept, business planning, hiring, operations build out, funds raising, strategic partnerships, outsourcing, finances, marketing, and more.

After earning her J.D at Seton Hall University she worked for the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, and worked as COO of a pioneering mobile video Saas offering targeting sports broadcasters and partner in a venture investment firm focused on sports and entertainment firms.

In addition to an attorney background, Tracy holds a B.A. in Sociology, minors in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Wagner College. Tracy enjoys spending her free time at several youth sports with her two children, and currently resides in Framingham Massachusetts.

Ryan Coffey bio thumbnail Ryan Coffey
Benefits Advisor
Education – B.A. St. Lawrence University
Expertise – Employee Benefits Advising, Financial Analysis, Client Services & Administration
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Ryan Coffey is a Benefits Advisor at Havern Benefits Strategies. At HBS, Ryan helps grow new business, while also advising clients on their employee health and wealth decisions. Prior to HBS, Ryan worked as an Advertising Executive for the Boston Globe, collaborating with clients to help grow their brand through media. Ryan graduated from St. Lawrence University where he received his Bachelor's degree in both Economics and History. Ryan was a member of the school's hockey team for two years, before transitioning over to a volunteer coaching role.

Ryan grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and currently resides in South Boston. Ryan enjoys golf and is a devoted Boston sports fan.

Nora Goodspeed bio thumbnail Nora Goodspeed
Benefits Analyst
Education – B.S. Clark University
Expertise – Benefits Analysis, Financial Analysis, Client Services & Administration
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Nora Goodspeed is a Benefits Analyst at Havern Benefits Strategies. Nora and her team at HBS work to help companies design their employee benefits package and support the client with all ongoing benefits and administrational needs. Prior to joining HBS, she has had experience in both the financial and healthcare industries. Nora graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Clark University. Before joining Havern Benefits Strategies, she enjoyed a ten year career in healthcare, including direct patient care, unit management, and worked in medical records.

Nora grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now resides in Malden. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and live music.

Cassidy Wygonik bio thumbnail Cassidy Wygonik
Benefits Analyst
Education – B.S. Lesley University
Expertise – Benefits Analysis, Financial Analysis, Client Services & Administration
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Cassidy Wygonik is a Benefits Analyst at Havern Benefits Strategies. Cassidy and her team at HBS work to help companies design their employee benefits package and support their valued clients with all ongoing benefits and administrational needs. She has experience in HR and employee benefits as a senior project manager. Prior to HBS, Cassidy was recruited and played woman's volleyball at Central Connecticut State University. Cassidy then transferred and graduated from Lesley University in 2019, with a B.A in Psychology & a Minor in Photography. She was Captain of the women's volleyball team at Lesley her Junior and Senior year, receiving a spot on the All-NECC woman's volleyball team in 2018.

Cassidy grew up in Madison, Connecticut and currently resides in South Boston. Cassidy enjoys staying active and spending her free time outdoors.

Matt Donovan bio thumbnail Matt Donovan
Senior Advisor
Education – BA in economics from the College of Holy Cross, Series 7, 66, & 63 licensed
Expertise – Corporate 401K & Retirement Planning
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Matt is a financial partner with Havern Benefits Strategies and with more than 18 years of experience as a leader in the financial services industry has guided a wide range of clients through times of economic volatility. Matt understands the importance of a solid, customized financial plan utilizing academic research and advancements in technology to provide clients with suitable solutions. He has a niche practice that specializes in helping high net worth families and business owners navigate the complexities of multi-generational financial, tax, estate planning and corporate benefit planning.

When Matt is not helping clients, Matt enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and spending time with his wife and three boys around their hometown of Norwell.

Tim Havern bio thumbnail Tim Havern
Senior Advisor
Education – B.A. Tufts University, Series 7 & Series 66 Licensed
Expertise – Corporate 401k & Retirement, Private Wealth & Financial Planning
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Tim Havern is a Senior Advisor at Havern Benefits Strategies focused on retirement, private wealth planning, and creating financial guidance for corporations and their employee population. As a ten year seasoned financial planning specialist, Tim is an expert in 401k, pension, Insurance and general investment needs. Tim has held a Series 7 and 66 License during his ten years in the industry.

Tim also serves as strategic advisor at Bolvin Wealth Management, and advisor at LPL advisors in New England. Tim garnered experience as a wholesaler at RS Funds, where he educated advisors to meet client needs. Prior to RS Funds, Tim was a financial advisor with AG Edwards before AG Edwards was purchased by Wachovia Securities. At AG Edwards, Tim earned the Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation. Prior to AG Edwards/Wachovia, Tim managed 401K relationships at Putnam Invests.

Tim received a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 2003, and played on the varsity Hockey team. In his free time, Tim enjoys biking and coaching youth hockey and baseball. Tim currently resides in downtown Boston.

Michael Morris bio thumbnail Michael Morris
Senior Advisor
Education – Suffolk Law School, B.S. Bowdoin College
Expertise – Legal Compliance and Risk Management, Corporate Liability
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Attorney Michael G. Morris is a Senior Advisor at Havern Benefits Strategies focused on areas of business compliance, transactional law, and consulting services including strategic public relations, marketing, and business development.

Michael is the founder of Outside In Advisors, a law firm and business consultancy with services including public relations, business development, and government affairs. In law school, Michael was Director of Business Development at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, a leading national communications & government affairs firm.

Attorney Morris has also held many political volunteer positions, including campaigns for Congressman Dick Gephardt and Senator Joseph Biden. He also served as Deputy Finance Director to Congressman Mike Capuano's U.S. Senate campaign. He's a Trustee of the Boston Architectural College and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Cradles to Crayons and the Fitzgerald Urban Youth Sports Institute.

In his free time Michael enjoys skiing, community politics, and supporting several local non-profits organizations. Mike currently resides in downtown Boston.

Ryan Whitney bio thumbnail Ryan Whitney
Senior Advisor
Education – B.A. Boston University
Expertise – Professional Sports TV Analyst, Podcast Co-host, Business Development
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Ryan Whitney is a Senior Advisor at Havern Benefits Strategies focused on Business Development and Social Media Marketing. Ryan is currently a TV analyst at the NHL Network, TSN, and Sportsnet. He is also the founder and co-host of the Barstool Sports NHL Podcast Spittin’ Chiclets.

Ryan’s professional sports career consisted of several accolades such as three consecutive Stanley Cup runs with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. He was drafted fifth overall in the 2002 NHL Draft and played for the Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers in his nine-year NHL career. Ryan, as US Olympian, won a silver medal as part of Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Ryan grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts and currently resides in Milton. Ryan is a devoted Boston sports fan and enjoys early retirement from the NHL as an avid golfer, and spending time poolside with his family.