Meet the Schooner Strategies Team

Since 2007, Schooner Strategies has been a leading force in policy-development, government relations support, operational management, research-based marketing and business development. We leverage a wide range of industry experts to help get the job done. Call us today at (410) 280-0025 to learn more about how we can help your organization.

Garry Carneal Chief Executive Officer

Garry Carneal is a leading expert in health care. He has researched, written and published extensively on quality, medical management, information technology, and regulatory trends. He has established a track record helping trade associations, accreditation organizations, and other health-related businesses scale-up nationally. He also serves on several non-profit boards and committees. During his career, Carneal has brought to market over 20 accreditation programs that have been recognized by 45 states and three federal agencies.

Michael Gomes Chief Operating Officer

Michael Gomes has more than 35 years of experience in sales, business development, healthcare management and Government Relations. Prior to his appointment as Schooner’s Chief Operating Officer, he was a founding executive of BenefitMall and served as President of its Benefits Division. During his nearly 20-year tenure, BenefitMall grew to become the nation’s largest Employee Benefits General Agency. Gomes has also held senior executive roles with a number of other leading companies including Prudential HealthCare, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield (now Anthem), Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the New Jersey Department of Insurance.

Brooke Byloff Executive Director, Shared Services & Operations

Brooke Byloff serves as Executive Director of Shared Services and Operations . She also heads up all administrative functions including Human Resources and coordinates all of Schooner's workflow processes. Brooke brings to her role at Schooner almost fifteen years of experience in operations and marketing experience, most recently as the HR/Operations Manager, Partner, at JWT Agency with responsibilities in both their Dallas and Atlanta offices. She is an alumnus of Indiana University.

Jessica Grillo Executive Director, In-House Counsel

Jessica Grillo serves as In-House Counsel. As such, Jessica provides in-house legal support and oversees policy development. As Executive Director of RegQuest, Jessica is responsible for the development of regulatory content, blogs, and news updates. Prior to joining Schooner, Jessica worked in private practice, litigating civil and domestic cases throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. She is an alumnus of both Barry University School of Law (JD), and Penn State University (BS).

Lauren Neuvel Director, Sales and Marketing

Lauren Neuvel oversees Schooner’s sales and marketing activities including “go-to-market” strategy, public relations, social media, branding and communications. She is an experienced sales and marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience in leading integrated sales and marketing campaigns. Prior to Schooner, Lauren served as the Director of Corporate Communications for The Bozzuto Group. She is an alumnus of Texas Christian University.

Afsoun Daneshkhah Manager of Quality Assurance and Business Analysis

Afsoun Daneshkhah serves as Manager of Quality Assurance and Business Analysis. She manages the development, implementation and maintenance of products, services, and activities. Afsoun brings over ten years of experience in software quality assurance and implementing high quality objectives, strategies and processes. Afsoun is double major in Computer Information Systems and Accounting and is an alumnus of Towson University.