About Us

 Joseph A. Pilla, Founder & President

Founder and President of ETA Benefits Group and has over 25 years’ professional experience in the group employee benefits and insurance industry. Since opening in 1999, ETA Benefits Group has grown to a thriving small business and a well-respected insurance industry leader.

Pilla brings a wealth of experience to his firm. He began his professional career in the patient accounting department of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Later, he was Business Administrator of Horsham Psychiatric Associates, Inc., a private physician group practice with over 25 physicians in Bucks County, and then worked in the finance department of the former Lehigh Valley Hospital Center for over 10 years. Pilla was part of the developmental team of Valley Preferred, a preferred provider organization (PPO) network, in the Greater Hazleton and Northeastern Pennsylvania marketplace. He was also a Physician Relations Representative for the former HealthEast organization and later became an account executive for Valley Preferred and Spectrum Administrators, specializing in self-funded health plans.

Pilla is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Planning and Administration. He currently serves as a board member of the Schuylkill United Way and most recently served as the 2011 Chairman of the Tamaqua Area Campaign. He is also a board member of the Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises (TIDE) Board and the Mauch Chunk Trust Company Hometown Advisory Board.

 Edward J. Titus, Licensed Insurance Agent

Ed joined ETA Benefits Group in 2004 and has 24 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He specializes in group health physician practices and personal lines (home and auto). He currently holds Pennsylvania insurance licenses for accident and health, life, and property and casualty. Ed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, which he attended on a full basketball scholarship. Ed’s athletic career includes 1,000 points scored at both the high school and college levels, and he is a member of both the Tamaqua High School and Carbon County Sports Halls of Fame. Ed is active with various local youth sports teams. He is a board member of the Tamaqua Area Baseball Association and a volunteer coach for the Tamaqua Area girls’ varsity basketball team. Ed resides in Hometown with his wife Kristine. They have three children: sons Christopher and Eddie, and daughter Emily.

 Denise Wolfe, Consultant, Property & Casualty

Denise joined the firm in 2006 and has over 25 years of business experience developing property and casualty insurance programs to businesses throughout Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the property and casualty division and continues to serve as lead consultant. Wolfe has extensive experience with personal lines as well as commercial lines of coverage and has skills in underwriting, rating systems, proposals and group customer contracts.

She currently serves as secretary of West Hazleton Baseball Association, treasurer of the Valley West Hazleton Wolfpack travel baseball team, and secretary for Faith United Church of Christ

 Patrick Kane, Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

Patrick joined ETA in 2011 and has 24 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He specializes in health, life, employee benefits, property/liability, and workers’ compensation coverages and holds Pennsylvania insurance licenses in health, life and annuities, and property/casualty. Patrick earned his certified insurance counselor (CIC) designation, the insurance industry’s premier certification, in 2002 and remains committed to expanding his education within the field. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland. Patrick serves as a board member for the Schuylkill United Way and St. Joseph’s Center for Special Learning in Pottsville. He resides in Schuylkill County with his wife and two sons and enjoys cooking, golfing, and traveling.

 Joann Chickilly, Licensed Producer / Office Assistant

Joann joined ETA Benefits Group in November 2016 and has 11 years’ experience in the insurance industry, specializing in auto and home. She is the friendly face who greets all visitors to our office and handles the insurance needs of our walk-in customers. Joann was a military spouse for 23 years. She resides in Summit Hill with her husband, Michael, and has two sons and two grandsons. Outside of the office, Joann enjoys traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

 Sara Karnish, Marketing / Communications Assistant

Sara joined ETA Benefits Group in April 2017. In her current role, Sara is responsible for assisting with all marketing and communications initiatives for ETA Benefits Group, including maintaining the agency’s social media platforms, website, blog, and monthly e-newsletters. She has a strong background in the communications industry and previously worked in the nonprofit, higher education, and financial services sectors. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lebanon Valley College. She resides in Summit Hill with her family and enjoys reading, writing, traveling, trying new restaurants, and attending concerts.

Renee Slakoper, Administrative Assistant, Marketing Coordinator
(570) 309-6825

Wendy Shubeck, Customer Service Representative
(570) 669-5050

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Provides Personal Insurance, Business Insurance, Indvidual Life / Health Insurance, and Group Benefits to All of Pennsylvania, Including Nesquehoning, Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe, Palmerton, Pottsville, Hazleton, Allentown, Schuylkill Haven, Weatherly, and Lake Harmony.