Amber Pate

Amber Pate

Executive Director

Amber oversees CLTC's operations and provides important oversight for the organization's important functions and programs, including sales and development, graduate benefits and retention, classroom and online training, communications, and more. She joined the organization in 2008 as Director of Graduate Benefits. 

Her passion for long-term care runs deep as she watched her grandmother's mental health deteriorate due to Alzheimer's and has witnessed the benefits of proper extended care planning and how it can protect a family. Her mission at CLTC is to provide professionals with the necessary tools to educate their clients on the importance of having a long-term care plan. 

Amber earned a BA in public relations and business management from the University of South Carolina. She currently resides in South Carolina with her husband and son.


Audrey Sunner

Audrey Sunner

Sales Director

Audrey Sunner is our National Sales Director for CLTC.  She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BS in Marketing and Management. She came from an insurance family and began her career in the business in 2002, starting out as a commissioned agent. She later became a manager, moved into corporate training and development for a large insurance company.  Audrey went back into the agency and brokerage business with a focus on Long Term Care.  She brings a great passion for the industry as having a personal journey with her mother’s long-lasting struggle with dementia.

Audrey brings professional and personal experience, knowledge and a heart for helping other professionals in the industry.


Max Brewer

Max Brewer

Account Executive

Max joins Certirek as an Account Executive. He has deep experience in the financial service industry, having worked in a wide range of roles including private equity, private wealth, quantitative modeling, and mutual funds. Each of those roles have been in various sales capacities, with his most recent being a senior-level sales position. At each firm, Max was consistently among the top producers and gained valuable experience while covering a diverse client base in different geographic regions.

He also was a Vice President of Business Development at Neuromics, a Biotechnology firm and sold IT software. Having played soccer in college and professionally, Max has a great combination of discipline, a competitive drive and an understanding of the value of a team.

Max holds an Economics degree from Ottawa University, an MBA from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and holds Finra's Series 6, 7, 63 and 65 licenses.


Cynthia Vereen

Cynthia Vereen

CLTC Member Services Team Lead

Cynthia spent over a decade working with Genworth Financial before joining the CLTC team. Her background in the insurance industry allows her to quickly identify the member's needs so they receive the ultimate customer service experience.

Cynthia oversees all new student inquiries, new member processes as well as graduate renewals. She prides herself in providing a superior level of service for CLTC.

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