Key People

Executive and Management Team

Workplace Options executive and management team is made up of people with a broad range of technology and business experience of successful start-ups to fortune 500 companies.

C. Dean Debnam

Chief Executive Officer


Since 1971, Dean has turned ideas into successful businesses. In 1993, he became CEO of Workplace Options and transformed it from a consultancy and management company into one of the world’s largest providers of Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) services and integrated work-life benefits. Dean’s diverse business background has helped him position Workplace Options as the supplier of choice to EAPs, businesses, and third-party vendors around the globe.


Alan King

President, Chief Operating Officer


Alan brings more than 20 years of employee assistance and work-life experience to Workplace Options. He was VP at the Ceridian LifeWorks EAP, where he oversaw international resource and referral, provider relations, external training, quality control, and customer service. Prior to that, he managed resource and referral and central database operations at work-life consulting firm Work Family Directions.


Mary Ellen Gornick

SVP Global Products


Mary Ellen is a nationally recognised expert in employee assistance and work-life. At Workplace Options, she leads the Global Products and Services division, delivering EAP, Work-Life, and Wellness services in over 200 countries. Prior to joining Workplace Options, Mary Ellen founded the CPA Group, and she is a founding board member and past president of the WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress.


Berjin Adibelli

Chief Financial Officer


Berjin began her career in finance in 1996 in her home country of Turkey with the Accor Corporation (Edenred). In 2000, she relocated to the United States and worked for Accor’s Work Life Benefits division as Accounting Manager and then as Director of Finance. She joined Workplace Options in 2005.


Cemal Tepe

Chief Technology Officer


Cemal focuses on expanding, developing, and deploying WPO’s technological capabilities to support its global services. Prior to joining the company in 2006, he worked as a lead software developer and managed culturally diverse teams within the global tech sector. Cemal has a wealth of experience and knowledge related to IT system design, development, and implementation.


Darrell Shipley

SVP Global Service Delivery


Darrell manages Global Service Delivery for all WPO locations, domestic and abroad, while instilling the mission of “First Serve the Customer.” His prior role with WPO was Director of Service Delivery at the Raleigh Service Centre.


Tim Cuthell

SVP Global Account Management


Tim is responsible for the account management of our client companies worldwide. He is an expert in the field of EAP, often quoted on counselling and on workplace mental health issues in the national press, broadcast media, and industry publications. He has chaired professional conferences on EAP and work-life balance.


Jean-Baptiste Gruet

SVP Global Business Solutions


Jean-Baptiste (JB) oversees global products sales, consulting with HR professionals, WPO Global Sales and Account Management teams, and WPO partners worldwide on new business opportunities. Prior to joining Workplace Options, he worked in the US in the global EAP industry. JB co-founded a language and cultural publishing company in Paris and worked for an executive language and training company in London. He currently resides with his family in Toronto.


Lisa Zereski

VP Global Product and Content Development


Lisa’s team develops new products and relationships with product partners and develops web content that supports WPO clients. Prior to joining Workplace Options, Lisa managed Ceridian LifeWorks’ Affiliate Management programme.


Stephanie Hastings

VP Training and Service Quality


Stephanie leads a team of service quality managers, quality specialists, instructional designers, and training co-ordinators who focus on quality service delivery that meets ISO 9001:2008 standards. Her team focuses on user satisfaction and quality assurance, internal staff training for WPO, and external global training for clients. Prior to joining Workplace Options, Stephanie worked as an independent consultant to EAPs.


Richard Fox

Director of UK and Ireland Account Management


Richard joined Workplace Options in 2005 as an Account Manager and his current position means that he is now responsible for the account management team in both the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining Workplace Options, Richard worked in account management and business development roles in the HR services field. This experience combined with his EAP expertise enables him to support his team in delivering a highly professional and consultative account management service to Workplace Options’ client organisations.


Brenda Marshall Boyle

Director of Business Solutions


Brenda has extensive experience of the EAP and employee benefits industries. Having previously worked in the PMI industry both as a broker and Senior Sales Manager, she joined WPO in 2006 and is now responsible for sales in the UK, Ireland and Europe. Her main role is to work closely with our organisational clients on the design and implementation of effective EAPs which offer significant value, and meet organisational strategy and the well-being needs of employees.

Brenda Marshall Boyle

Clark Adams

VP Strategic Growth


Clark develops and negotiates work-life industry partnerships: acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and co-operative marketing strategies. Before joining WPO, he was CEO of Mulberry Child Care and grew the company from $4M to $65M in annual revenue. He is co-founder of the Alliance for Work-Life Progress.

Clark Adams