Territory Manager, Public Sector, Travelers
Tiffany has worked in the risk and insurance field for 32 years. She credits her understanding of insurance and risk management to her early career experience as an underwriter and more recent 14 year adventure in risk management for multiple government agencies in North Carolina. In 2014, Tiffany left her county family and joined an insurance family. From 2014-2020, Tiffany served as a senior risk control consultant for public sector services. Tiffany now serves as the territory manager for public sector services in the mid-Atlantic region. Tiffany has had the honor of being a speaker at national and state events for the Public Risk Management Association, as well as local events for individual clients.
Teresa Bartlett, MD
Senior Medical Officer, Sedwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Teresa has been the managing director and senior medical officer at Sedgwick since January of 2009. As the senior medical officer, Dr. Bartlett advises on matters affecting the design and delivery of medical management services for the company’s claims clients. She provides strategic counsel and operational support in all areas of medical management including case management, return-to-work, medical outcomes protocols, pharmacy interventions, telemedicine and health and safety matters. Dr. Bartlett is on the Business Insurance Cannabis Board and interacts with clients and claims where marijuana is considered. She was responsible for the clinical COVID response Sedgwick developed during the pandemic and continues to assist claims teams with ongoing post-acute COVID 19 symptoms.
Ian C. Beck
Associate, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
Ian joined Jones, Skelton & Hochuli in 2019 and works in the firm’s government liability and employment group. Ian representing public and private employers on a broad range of employment issues, and has advised employers on ADA confidentiality, employee leave rights, and discrimination cases. Ian has defended employers on discrimination claims before the EEOC, and defended employers in claims filed in federal court.
City Attorney, City of Kingsport, TN
Michael has been a lawyer since 1980. For a number of years, he was in private practice handling a variety of matters including insurance defense, employment relations and public law. He was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a hearing officer for the Board of Professional Responsibility, and he served in that capacity for five years. He has taught courses at community colleges, including law and banking, business law and real estate law. He regularly makes presentations at association meetings on risk management, school law, employment law, and municipal law. Since 1994 he has served as the full time city attorney for Kingsport, Tennessee, where he oversees the legal and risk management functions for the city. He represents the city and its school system in legal matters. He is a past president of the Kingsport Bar Association and the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association.
Kurt Braatz, MBA, SPHR
Loss Control Manager, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool
Kurt served as a division commander for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office prior to his retirement in 2013. Kurt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University.
Kurt’s second career is with the Arizona Counties Insurance Pool where he is responsible for various training and reducing losses in workers’ compensation, property and liability claims.
Fernando Branco, MD, FAAPM&R
Chief Medical Officer, Midwest Employers Casualty
Fernando is chief medical officer at Midwest Employers Casualty (MEC), a Berkley Company. He has over 30 years of experience in clinical practice and is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain and addiction medicine. He is the former medical director of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation pain center for treatment of chronic pain cases – a center of excellence recognized by the American Pain Society. In his current role at MEC, Dr. Branco leads a team of medical management consultants handling complex workers’ compensation claims with the goal of helping employers and injured workers achieve better outcomes.
Karen Caterino, MBA, ARM-P
Senior Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
Karen recently joined the Alliant Public Entity Specialty group. Her focus is on leading public entity, education and pooling business growth and development initiatives. Karen has been in the insurance industry for 20 in various business development positions in the healthcare insurance industry, providing leadership and strategic direction on sales initiatives. Prior to joining Alliant, Karen worked at a global insurance brokerage as the Center of Excellence (COE) Leader for the western region public sector and higher education practice. Karen graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College, Salem VA and from University of Phoenix with her MBA. She has an Associate in Risk Management-Public Entities, is a Certified Public Manager ® and Certified Government Benefits Administrator and is currently a CPCU® candidate. She is a licensed Property/Casualty broker.
John Chino, ARM-P, ARM-E, CSRM
Area Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
John is a member of the Leadership Team of Gallgher’s Public Sector Services and is responsible for the development of public agency risk management programs. His expertise includes program design, marketing, consulting, implementation, and self-insurance administration and account oversight.
Chief Claims and Regulatory Counsel, Midwest Employers Casualty
Daniel is chief claims and regulatory counsel for Midwest Employers Casualty (a Berkley Company). He has been a practicing attorney for 29 years and was formerly a trial attorney in the private sector. His practice included insurance defense, insurance coverage, bad faith and vexatious refusal actions, workers’ compensation, product liability, medical malpractice, civil rights and employment discrimination, commercial litigation, and criminal defense. In his current role, he provides counsel to MEC on legal matters and claims of varying degrees of complexity.
Vice President, Employer Advisory Services
Terri spent most of her career with the City of Kingsport, starting in 1984 and joining the Risk Management department in 1986. While with the city, Terri performed all risk functions within the department including benefits, self-funded health insurance, on-site wellness center installation/management, self-funded workers’ compensation, pooled liability with a large self-insured retention, and safety programs and training. Terri was promoted to risk manager in January, 2001. On June 1, 2020, Terri joined Employer Advisory Services (EAS) as vice president.
Terri proudly served as the 2016-17 President of Public Risk Management Association – PRIMA - and served as the national conference planning chairperson for PRIMA-Houston 2015. Terri served as co-Chair of PRIMA Institute in 2018 and 2019. She has also been involved in the leadership of the Tennessee Chapter of PRIMA, serving as Vice-President, President, Director and conference planning committee member since 2006. Terri received the TN-PRIMA Risk Manager of the Year award in 2012 and the Abbie Hudgens Distinguished Service Award in 2016.
Michael G. Fann, ARM-P, MBA
President and CEO, Public Entity Partners
Michael has more than 30 years’ experience in providing risk management consulting & training for local governments, school systems, universities and associations. He is an award-winning author and speaker, working with clients and audiences from across the United States. He serves full-time as a risk control resource for more than 500 entities participating in the risk management pool. Fann is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (finance & political science) and Ole Miss (MBA - management). He has participated in international exchanges with colleagues from the United Kingdom, China and Australia. A former two-time member of the Board of Directors of PRIMA, he also served on the Board of the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) from 2013 to 2016. In 2014, he was the 11th recipient of PRIMA’s Distinguished Service Award. He has also received TnPRIMA’s Abbie Hudgens Distinguished Service Award, the Southeast Loss Control (SELC) Group’s Distinguished Service Award, the National League of Cities’ John G. Stutz Award, Public Risk Magazine’s Author of the Year Award and the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Project of the Year Award. In 2020, Michael was the inaugural recipient of the Public Risk Management Association’s Pioneer Excellence Award. Further,In 2019, Michael was conferred with the honor of “Fellow in Professional Practice” by the University of Tennessee’s Master of Public Policy & Administration (MPPA) Program “to recognize accomplished & experienced professionals whose careers exhibit the highest standards of performance excellence…” by a vote of the MPPA faculty.
Geoffrey R. Jones, Esq.
Senior Claims Attorney, Midwest Employers Casualty
Geoffrey is a senior claims attorney for Midwest Employers Casualty where he has worked throughout the United States for the past 11 years providing claims/legal oversight and recommendations. He has handled mediation/settlements in over 30 states. One of Geoff’s strongest assets is his ability to mitigate and resolve high exposure claims which has led to millions of dollars in savings. When not settling claims, Geoff may be found working with MEC’s predictive analytics unit and clients to ensure positive outcomes.
Assistant Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s National Risk Management Center, Department of Homeland Security
Bob was selected to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Risk Management Center (NRMC) in 2018, at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As one of CISA’s assistant directors, he oversees the Center’s efforts to facilitate a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure. The Center provides a central venue for government and industry to combine their knowledge and capabilities in a uniquely collaborative and forward-looking environment. Center activities support both operational and strategic unified risk management efforts.
Amy Larson, JD, ARM
Risk and Litigation Manager, City of Bloomington, MN
Amy has more than 20 years’ experience as the risk manager for the City of Bloomington, MN, including the past 11 years as the risk and litigation manager. She is responsible for the overall planning, management, administration, organization and coordination of the city’s risk management program; review and negotiation of city contracts; and litigation management. Amy is a licensed attorney in the state of Minnesota and a frequent presenter for many national PRIMA events, including PRIMA Institute, the national conference and speaker's bureau. Amy is the current co-chair of the PRIMA Institute and has been actively involved with PRIMA Institute since 2013. She also served on the national PRIMA Board of Directors from 2012-2019, including serving as the national PRIMA president from 2017-2018, and serving as a member of the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) Board of Directors from 2012-2017. Amy is also very active in the Minnesota Chapter of PRIMA and currently serves as its past president.
Partner, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
Gordon has more than 25 years of experience representing public and private employers on a broad range of employment issues, policies and practices. He defends employers against claims involving wrongful discharge, racial discrimination, sexual discrimination and harassment (including harassment based on sexual orientation), age discrimination, disability discrimination, civil rights violations, Family and Medical Leave Act, Unfair Labor Practice charges, and wage and hour issues. Gordon also represents public employers in due process termination hearings, and assists public employers in resolving claims relating to privacy rights, free speech, open meetings, public records, and employee due process. He has drafted and reviewed employment agreements, and has created policies for employers regarding sexual harassment, drug testing, medical leave and other employment issues.
Area Executive Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Branden joined Gallagher in 1997, and is currently a regional director for both Public Entity and Higher Education divisions. Throughout his career, he has focused on one driving force, "Always Be Better," as his set point or foundation for delivering solutions and uses this moto to drive professionalism and ingenuity within his team.
Partner, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
Michele has dedicated her professional career in the areas of government liability and employment law. She represents private employers and public entities and their employees, including police officers, detention officers, emergency responders, public works directors, building inspectors and traffic engineers, etc. Michele has tried state and federal jury trials and bench trials, as well as administrative law hearings.
Carleen Patterson, ARM-P, CIC, CRM
Public Sector and Higher Education Practice Leader, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
Carleen joined the Alliant Insurance Services team in 2020. Carleen is the national public entity and higher education practice leader. She works with higher education and public entity clients across the United States providing insurance brokerage and risk management expertise. Carleen’s expertise includes the design and negotiation of client insurance programs, evaluation and analysis of alternative risk transfer plans including captive plans, risk management evaluations, and the creation of complex property risk and insurance programs. She has been in the insurance industry since 1988. Prior to Alliant, Carleen served in a similar role for a large, international broker. She has risk management, claims, and insurance brokerage experience; and has spent the last 21 years specializing in self-insurance and insurance brokerage and consulting for higher education institutions as well as large public entity clients. Her expertise is in the design and implementation of large property and casualty insurance programs. Carleen earned her BS in Education from the University of South Dakota. She is licensed as an insurance agent/producer in many other states and holds the Associate in Risk Management, Associate in RiskManagement for Public Entities, Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager designations.
Jose Peralta, ARM-P
National Public Sector Practice Leader – US, Aon
Jose is Aon’s public sector national practice leader for the US and member of the Aon Weather & Climate Risk Innovation Group. He leads multi-disciplinary teams focused on addressing the financial challenges faced by supranational, federal, state, local and quasi-governmental entities. Jose specializes in complex placements connecting clients with insurance, reinsurance and capital market solutions that empower governments to more sustainably serve their constituents.
Jose is a frequent speaker on issues of climate resilience and smart infrastructure. Jose has presented on related topics at events organized by the United Nation’s Environmental Programme, Berkeley Law, Houston Advanced Research Center and many insurance industry groups. He’s also been featured in many publications including Politico, Risk & Insurance and The Houston Chronicle.
Principal, The RxProfessor LLC
Mark is a passionate educating and agitating thought leader in workers’ compensation and award-winning international speaker, blogger, author and jurisdictional advisor. He launched The RxProfessor LLC consulting firm in August 2021. Mark has focused on the intersection of chronic pain and appropriate treatment since 2003 by launching the #PreventTheMess and #CleanUpTheMess movements with a focus on the BioPsychoSocialSpiritual treatment model. Mark received the WorkCompCentral Magna Comp Laude award in 2016, IAIABC’s Samuel Gompers Award in 2017 and was named “Top 100 Healthcare Leader” by IFAH in 2021. He is the driving force and co-founder of The Transitions and is on the Advisory Council for Simple Therapy and Harvard MedTech.
Partner, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
Joe represents governmental entities, law enforcement personnel, elected officials, municipalities and private correctional facilities in matters involving alleged civil rights violations such as wrongful death, excessive force, racial profiling and discriminatory policing. Joe conducts trials in both state and federal courts, defending governmental clients in complex, high-profile matters involving the Department of Justice and ACLU.
Paul Pousson, ARM, DRM
Managing Director, Higher Education Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Paul is a managing director with Gallagher’s Higher Education Practice. He has specialized in providing risk management and insurance services to institutions of higher education and governmental entities for 25+ years. Since joining Gallagher in 2015, Paul has used his risk management insight to provide insurance brokerage and risk management advisory services to help his clients mitigate risks and recover from losses in the most effective, efficient and transparent manner. He currently works with some of the largest and most prominent public and private universities and systems in the country.
2nd Vice President, Cyber Lead – Global Technology, Travelers
As part of the Travelers’ Technology team, Kirstin is involved in product development and implementation of specialty coverages, including cyber-related coverage. Kristin’s primary expertise is cyber insurance, professional liability, and errors and omissions coverage. She is also focused on the development of underwriting appetites and underwriting practices related to the IT segment.
She has also been interviewed and written several articles on privacy risks and social media risks, and has been a speaker at several conferences on cyber-related risks and social media risks. Her objective is to educate various audiences on the exposure environment, provide the basis for risk analysis, and the framework for discussion on the various insurance coverages available in the market.
Richard Spiers, CPCU, ARM, ARe, AIC
Claim Consultant, Spiers Consulting, LLC
Rick has been in the insurance industry since 1980 and was a claim executive in the reinsurance and excess marketplace since 1985. He was with Genesis Management and Insurance Services for over 20 years and is currently doing claim consulting work. Rick has extensive experience handling the wide array of claims faced by public entities, K-12 school districts and the higher education sector. Based in Chicago, he has also worked for Transamerica Insurance Group, Northbrook Excess and Surplus Insurance, CNA and Allstate Reinsurance. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, a member of the Society of CPCU, and holds associate designations in risk management, claims and reinsurance. Rick has been developing and presenting insurance industry-related training sessions to a variety of client and industry groups for over 25 years.
Nancy Sylvester, CPCU, ARM-P
Area Executive Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Nancy is area executive vice president, as well as Gallagher Public Sector’s (GPS) national director- federal disaster recovery. She has earned the CPCU and ARM-P designations. Having devoted her career to public risk management, first as a practitioner (K-12 risk manager) then a director of risk management for a national public entity insurance carrier, and now as a leader in Gallagher’s support for its public housing, education, construction and public sector clients, Nancy has been recognized for her work by several leading industry organizations and has received multiple awards for her work including: Multi-year Power Broker by Risk and Insurance in public sector as well as higher education; Leadership Award by Liberty Mutual/Risk and Insurance; Women to Watch by Business Insurance; and others. Nancy speaks and trains regularly at national and state conferences on the topics of risk management, FEMA, P3s, insurance and leadership.
Tina R. Stevens
Director, Human Resources Services, Virginia Risk Sharing Association (VRSA)
Tina has been in the human resources industry for over 35 years. At VRSA, she provides pool members with resources, trainings and consultation to meet their human resources needs and mitigate their employment liability exposure. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Continuing Education and holds the following professional designations: SPHR, CEBS, IPMA-SCP, and FLMI.
Mauricio Velasquez, MBA
President & Founder, Diversity Training Group
Mauricio Velasquez is now a regular speaker for PRIMA. He has spoken at several of programs and is a speaker on PRIMA’s recent webinar series. Mauricio earned a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from The George Washington University. Mauricio and his firm, Diversity Training Group, are working with more than a half dozen PRIMA state conference and individual members presently. Mauricio is a risk minimizer in the areas of diversity and inclusion training, sexual harassment prevention training, toxic employee/workplace training, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, trust and engagement training and expert witness. Mauricio provides assessment, diagnosis and accelerated 360 executive coaching services as well.
Risk Control Manager, PMA Companies
David is a risk control manager for PMA Companies and is currently responsible for managing the risk control services provided to public entity clients. With more than 30 years of experience, David has held various field and management positions with PMA where he has managed and delivered safety and risk control services for both the traditional insurance market and self-insured clients.
David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health from Millersville University and a Master in Business Administration degree from LaSalle University. He holds the Charter Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) and Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM) designations and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).