At Stearns HR Compliance and Consulting, we know how important compliance is and understand the hassle that can come along with it for Companies to take care of themselves. The constant updates and changing guidelines and laws can be a lot to keep up with. Stearns HR Compliance and Consulting provides a variety of compliance and administration services including: COBRA Administration, Summary Plan Description and Section 125 document creation, ACA Reporting, Nondiscrimination Testing Services, and 5500 Filing. We also provide Plan Administration and Claims Adjudication services for Health Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Care Accounts and Health Reimbursement Arrangements, including Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements. We have the expertise and resources to provide excellent compliance and administration services. Stearns HR Compliance and Consulting remains constant on our focus and commitment to our clients.

Candius Stearns, President

Candius Stearns received her license as a Health and Life agent from the State of Michigan in 1997. Her career started as a benefit consultant with a managing agent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan in 1995.  In 1998 she focused her training in life, health, annuities, and mutual funds as a Northwestern Mutual Life Agent.  In 1999, Candius Stearns founded her own benefit agency DFBenefits designed to support and help small business in the Detroit Metro Area. 

In 2007, Candius Stearns founded DFB TPA Services LLC D.B.A. Stearns HR Compliance and Consulting, a sister company to DFBenefits.  This entity is a third party administration company licensed in the state of Michigan to adjudicate claims for Health Reimbursement Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts and other Section 125 plans. The firm also administers and helps clients with compliance related documents like COBRA administration, FSA and DCA accounts, summary plan descriptions, and DOL compliance documents. 

The most important aspect of Candius’ life is her partner and husband, Christopher Stearns along with their two children, Samuel (14) and David (10).  Activities they enjoy together include CrossFit, wine tasting, and travel. As a family they are involved in their local Orthodox Church. Candius serves in her church as a 7th grade Catechism teacher. She has a passion for several charities which include Promise Village Home for Children, Compassion International, and Mission 22.

Brianne Bonello, Department Manager

Brianne has been servicing the clients of Stearns HR Compliance and Consulting for over 7 years. Brianne attended Macomb Community College where she received her Associate’s Degree in Health Information Technology in 2015, she currently holds her license as a Registered Health Information Technologist and Health and Life Producer for the State of Michigan. Brianne uses her knowledge and education to provide excellent customer service to our clients. In Brianne’s spare time she enjoys camping and spending time Up North with her family, friends and her two rescue dogs, Tacey and Leerah. 

Diane Thrushman, Client Service Representative

Diane began her insurance career in April 1990 as a Client Service Representative with an employee benefit & insurance agency in Troy, MI. Diane was responsible for employee and client customer service with a concentration on benefit questions and claim resolution. 

Diane joined Stearns HR Compliance & Consulting in January 2012 specializing in Client Services. Diane continues to dedicate her focus on assisting clients and employees understand their plans and services with Stearns HR Compliance & Consulting and maintain client satisfaction. In Diane’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, having dinner with friends, and watching HGTV.