OUR MISSION

To help people navigate the
complex world of employee benefits compliance through our deep expertise and superb client service.

OUR STORY

Family-run so we can put clients first

MZQ Consulting was founded in 2014 by a daughter and father team - ERISA attorney Jennifer Spiegel Berman and systems engineer Jim Spiegel. Jen’s compliance expertise and Jim’s technical know-how provided the brains and brawn to form our unique company.

MZQ was originally formed as an Affordable Care Act reporting agency, but we quickly expanded to encompass a breadth of benefits compliance needs. Through our distinct industry expertise and proprietary software developed in-house, we've become leaders in the evolving compliance landscape. We call our distinctly client-first approach to our industry the MZQ Advantage.

Meet OUR TEAM

Founders

Jennifer Berman, Esq.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Jen Berman is an employee benefits attorney and entrepreneur. She is a leader in analyzing health care reform developments and frequently serves as a speaker and commentator on a wide variety of health care reform and employee benefits issues. In addition to her work leading MZQ, she is a member of Holder Law Group LLC. Jen graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law. Jen also completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude. She is an avid lover of textile arts, frequently wearing stunning pieces she hand-crafted herself.

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Jim Spiegel

CHIEF INFORMATION & INNOVATION OFFICER

Jim is both the CIIO and the data processing software developer of MZQ Consulting, and is entirely responsible for designing our custom programming efforts. Jim has over 30 years of experience programming computers, having enjoyed an extensive career as a systems engineer before founding MZQ. His early career was spent supporting NASA projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. ​Jim earned both his undergraduate and advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering; graduating with an M.Sc.(Eng) in Systems Engineering and cum laude with a B.S. in Systems Science and Engineering. Jim’s hobbies include stunt-kite flying and candle making.

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Leadership

​Jennifer Redding Everhart

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS

Jennifer is a well-rounded HR/Payroll professional with over 15 years of experience. Before joining MZQ, Jennifer led a variety of teams, including payroll operations at ADP and HRIS/benefits at Maxim Healthcare Services. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from Towson University, graduating cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration. Jennifer also has extensive certification in her field, having earned the title of Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) from the American Payroll Association (APA), Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), and SHRM-CP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Jen LaTour, JD, CHRS

VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT ENGAGEMENT

Jennifer LaTour leads and counsels our clients on a broad range of ACA, compliance, human resources and employee benefits matters. She is regarded as a subject-matter expert on the Affordable Care Act and other complex laws such as ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, IRC, and FMLA. Before joining MZQ Consulting, LLC, Jennifer was Compliance and HR Technology Manager at The Insurance Exchange in their Employee Benefits Division. She graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2000 and completed her graduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University, graduating with a Master’s of Professional Studies and Human Resources and Employee Relations in 2012. Jennifer is also a Certified Health Reform Specialist.

Heidi Matchett

SENIOR DIRECTOR, IT

Heidi is the Senior Director for the IT & Data team. She started her journey with MZQ Consulting in 2016 working in many divisions of the company including account management, web development, and IT support. She has over 20 years experience in IT working in a wide range of industries including healthcare, federal government, and law enforcement. Heidi earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and children.

Lee Susan Spiegel

DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE

Lee joined MZQ Consulting in 2017 and now serves as our Director of Compliance. Prior to joining MZQ, she spent over 25 years as a practicing paralegal. She is a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associates (NFPA), a member of the Maryland Association of Paralegals (MAP), and a former chairman of the University of Maryland Paralegal Studies Advisory Board. Lee earned her bachelor’s degree and certificate in Paralegal Studies from the University of Maryland. She is an active volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation, focusing her efforts in the area of patient education.

Alan Klein

DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION

Alan Klein is the Director of Technical Implementation and our resident data wizard. He joined MZQ in 2015 as a Data Processing Manager and was quickly promoted to his current position. Before working for MZQ, Alan spent 10 years as a Marketing Manager for several magazine publishers in New York, including Primedia and InterMedia Outdoors. Alan earned a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Operations & Information Management, as well as Marketing. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey.

Joshua Berman

DIRECTOR OF IT INFRASTRUCTURE

Josh Berman has over 17 years of experience in system development, internet technologies and customer support. Josh joined MZQ at our firm's very beginning to develop our Cloud environment, and has securely maintained our Cloud infrastructure ever since. Prior to MZQ, Josh worked at Roadnet Technologies (formerly UPS Logistics Technologies), where he led a team of support specialists and handled web service integrations. ​Josh earned his B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Delaware with a concentration in Systems Administration. He lives with his wife and children in Baltimore, and is a huge Ravens fan.

The Glue

Zachary Berkheimer

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Hannah Chernov

COMPLIANCE ‍SPECIALIST

Lisa Cotton

COMPLIANCE SERVICES MANAGER

Megan Diehl

TEAM LEAD, ACA REPORTING

Jasmine Keating

COMPLIANCE SERVICES SPECIALIST

Piankhy Lowe

TECHNICAL ANALYST

Thomas Rivenbark

ACA REPORTING SPECIALIST

Juli Silver

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Jessica Waltman

Senior Compliance Consultant

Dietrich Brown

5500 Reporting Specialist

Rebecca Wilen

Account Manager

Terrence Page

Account Manager

Hannah Brown

Account Manager

Melissa Smith

Executive Assistant

TESTIMONIALS

Hear what our clients have to say

Coal Mining Company
Tennessee

MZQ provides excellent service in completing Forms 1094 and 1095. They are able to explain the forms and the reasons for the various codes and complete the forms within a reasonable timeframe.”

Bank
Connecticut

Expertise in benefits compliance; knowledgeable staff; excellent and timely customer responses to questions; up-to-date on all regulations and requirements; the confidence that all deadlines will be met accurately and without problems.”

Housing Authority
MISSOURI

“The representatives are well trained in ACA regulations and they provided great customer service. We were satisfied with their personalized service and would highly recommend MZQ."

Construction Company
MARYLAND

“When the ACA was enacted, we were very concerned as a company about being compliant and keeping up with the ever-changing scenarios. The team at MZQ made this process much easier and they keep on top of it all."

School District
New York

“Our experience with MZQ in all things related to Affordable Care Act reporting has been outstanding. They are clear, concise, pleasant and accurate. Couldn’t be happier.”

K-12 Private School
SOuth carolina

“I trust the credentials of the owner of the business. Jen is an attorney who understands ACA requirements.Process-wise, MZQ has proven user-friendly with responsive customer service.”

NFL Team

“You all are the experts and we like having that direct link to get our questions answered by knowledgeable and helpful staff that care about our account.”

CASE STUDIES

Here are some friends we've helped along the way

Private Sector

CLIENT
Kentucky-based payroll firm serving as the parent company for several mid-sized entities that oversees benefits for more than 20,000 employees.
PROBLEM
Client received IRS penalty letter with $32 million fine for failing to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). IRS gave client only 30 days to respond, a process that involved sorting through hundreds of enrollment
records & IRS filings.
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Non-Profit
Health System

CLIENT
New Jersey-based nonprofit healthcare system that operates a sizeable network of hospitals, surgery centers, physician practices, and fitness centers.
PROBLEM
Client had to fulfill Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements for 9 entities with over 15,000 full-time employees, thousands of variable hour employees, and two unique medical plans. As result of competing priorities, client’s HR department only had one month to focus on reporting obligations.
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