Joseph A. Pilla, Founder & President
Joe is the founder and president of ETA Insurance Group and has 34 years’ experience in the insurance and health care industries. Since opening its doors in 1999, ETA Insurance Group has grown into a thriving small business and well-respected industry leader. Joe is especially proud to have his business based in his hometown of Nesquehoning, PA (Carbon County).
Joe’s early career included positions in hospital administration, primarily finance, business office operations, and physician relations. He was part of the developmental team of Valley Preferred, a preferred provider organization (PPO) network owned by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and its affiliated physicians. Most of his time at LVHN was devoted to physician relations and network development initiatives. His diverse background in healthcare provided a deep knowledge base for his specialized work with group health care plans.
Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University and currently holds Pennsylvania insurance licenses in life, accident, health, and property/casualty. During his time at Penn State, Joe was a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board for the College of Human Development and served as Vice President of the HPA Club.
He currently resides in Nesquehoning with his family and serves on the board of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO), a non-profit economic development corporation. He is also a longtime member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). Outside of the office, Joe is a “foodie” and enjoys fishing, gardening, and traveling.
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, Insurance Sales Specialist
Joann joined ETA Insurance Group in November 2016 and has 13 years’ experience in the insurance industry. She currently holds Pennsylvania insurance licenses for accident and health, and property and casualty personal lines. She specializes in home, auto, Medicare and Individual Health. Joann was an Active Duty military spouse for 23 years. She resides in Summit Hill with her husband, Michael, and Golden Retriever Cooper, and has two sons and two grandsons. Outside of the office, Joann enjoys traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
Wendy A. Shubeck, Customer Service Representative / Accounting
Wendy joined ETA Insurance Group in 2015. Initially hired as our office receptionist, Wendy was quickly promoted to ETA’s very first CSR position. In this role, Wendy provides customer service support to our clients as well as handling the accounting for our office, including A/R, A/P, commissions, quoting, and payments. Wendy lives in Nesquehoning with her husband Frank, has two children: Ashley and Frank, Jr., a granddaughter, Madilyn, a grandson, Oliver, and a fur kid, Tebow. Outside of the office Wendy enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and reading, and admits her guilty pleasure is entering online radio contests.
Renee Slakoper, Executive Assistant / Account Manager
Renee has been with ETA Insurance Group since 2011. In her current role, Renee is responsible for administrative support to the president as well as account manager, property manager, human resources, payroll, and marketing. Renee resides in Lansford with her “fur kids” Hanna and Mahkah. Outside of the office Renee volunteers with the Carbon County Veterans Parade and enjoys photography.
Sharon Ford, Insurance Sales Specialist
Sharon joined ETA in 2018 and has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Her primary focus is Medicare sales. She is currently licensed for Accident and Health in every state. Sharon earned an Associate degree in nursing from the Community College of Philadelphia. She resides in Jim Thorpe with her husband of 30 years and has two children and two grandsons. Outside of the office, Sharon enjoys drawing, painting, movies, walking, and traveling with her husband.