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The Team

Where the Passion Begins 

Kymberlee Dougherty Tysk 

Founder & CEO

Kymberlee Dougherty Tysk is the founder of Hummingbird Risk Advisors and serves as President & Chief Executive Officer.  She is a seasoned professional with over thirty years of experience in insurance and risk management, including twenty-one years exclusively focusing on senior housing and healthcare.  Kymberlee has been recognized by Risk & Insurance magazine as one of the industry's "Power Brokers" for Long Term Healthcare. Prior to her work in the brokerage arena, Kymberlee was the Chief Risk Officer for a large senior care provider. Kymberlee is a member of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the Board of Directors Network (DBN), the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers (ASHRM). Additionally, Kymberlee held the position of President for the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), where she tripled the membership over a 2 year period. She is a licensed insurance producer in 15 states and a veteran of the United States Air Force.

(678) 381-0838

Amanda Kelley Pope

Senior VP - Client Risk Solutions 

Amanda Pope is the Senior VP of Client Risk Solutions at Hummingbird, where she provides guidance to clients in the management and development of their employment, workers’ compensation, and overall safety programs. Amanda also assists clients in the handling of their professional and general liability claims and compliance with applicable regulations. Before joining Hummingbird, Amanda practiced law for over 13 years and focused on litigating employment, long-term care liability, and insurance coverage disputes. Amanda uses this experience and knowledge base to assist each of Hummingbird’s clients with their risk management concerns. 

(678) 218-0843

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Lora Shaffer

VP - Business Development 

Lora serves as Vice President of Business Development and Client Solutions. She brings over 22 years of leadership experience in Sales and Marketing, along with Insurance Carrier and National Broker experience.  


Lora manages insurance programs for our clients, fosters new business opportunities, and drives marketing efforts. She holds Property and Casualty Life and Health license.

(678) 381-0705

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Kevin Keefe 

Director of Operations

Kevin is the Director of Operations, where he provides input to the strategic direction of IT, directly influencing the business direction in new and existing products and systems; and maintains and troubleshoots all aspects of the IT infrastructure for our company.  In addition, Kevin oversees Trax software providing development, training, and support to our clients. Kevin has worked on projects including Cloud Migration and Software Development & Implementation for both us and our clients.  

(678) 527-7635

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Kyle Hoyer 

Risk Analyst 

Kyle is a Risk Analyst overseeing Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance programs in partnership with our clients and broker partners. Kyle provides support to our clients during the renewal process and throughout the course of the insurance programs, working as an extension to our client's Risk Management teams. In addition, Kyle oversees claims for both property and auto for our clients. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Ohio State University. 

(678) 527-7637

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Kelly Ripley

Risk Management Coordinator

Kelly is a Risk Management Coordinator providing support for our clients' workers compensation claims and safety management program. Kelly led COVID reporting for our clients during the pandemic and provided support from a compliance perspective so our client could continue their focus on resident care. She provides data analytics from a tracking and trending perspective in order to help advocate for safety improvements throughout clients' communities.

(678) 381-0839

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Tyler Szwec

Risk Management Support Assistant

Tyler is a Risk Management Support Assistant working extensively in developing and maintaining the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement programs of our clients. Tyler provides support for our Trax software, developing and implementing incident report training. Additionally, he generates statistical analysis reports relating to professional and general liability, workers’ compensation, and QAPI for our clients. Tyler also provides financial services to our clients and assists in maintaining our IT infrastructure.

(678) 527-7634

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Melita Hobby

Claims and Compliance Manager

Melita Hobby brings over 30 years of experience in the long-term care industry in her role as Claims and Compliance Manager.  She has worked as an Executive Assistant in the General’s Counsel office of a national skilled nursing facility operator for the past 22 years, earned many designations including her Certified Professional Assistant (CAP) certification, and served on the Board of Directors of a HUD facility in mid-town Atlanta. 

Melita provides operational services such as PL/GL claims processing as well as requests for records, insuring they are in compliance with State and Federal guidelines relating to the privacy of protected health information.    

(678) 218-0842

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Mellie Laurore

Executive Assistant

Mellie serves as an executive assistant in all operations at the company to help things at Hummingbird run smoothly. She works directly with our CEO and VPs to ensure our clients get the best service!

Mellie holds a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Georgia State University. 

(678) 381-0847

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