Faculty

No other risk management training program can boast the outstanding faculty of PRIMA Institute. PRIMA Institute’s faculty lead the public risk management profession. These industry leaders gather at PI to teach, share experiences, network and advise the careers of attendees.

Facilitator & PRIMA Institute Task Force Chair

Marilyn L. Rivers, CPCU, ARM, AIC
Director of Risk and Safety
City of Saratoga Springs, NY

2017 PRIMA Institute Faculty

John Aspland, JD
Senior Partner
Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth, PC

Kurt Bratz, MPA, CJM, SPHR
Loss Control Manager
Arizona Counties Insurance Pool

Stephen Dzury, MS
Senior Vice President, Claims
Berkley Public Entity Managers, LLC, a W.R. Berkley Corporation
Philadelphia, PA

Kimberly George
Senior Vice President
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

Oscar Goedecke, CSP
Risk Control Customer Training Specialist
Travelers
Edmond, OK

Lori Gray
Risk Management Division Chief
Prince William County, VA

Dan Hurley, CSP, ARM-P
Risk Manager
City of Cheaspeake, VA

Amy Larson, Esq.
Risk and Litigation Manager
City of Bloomington, MN

Charles Leitch, JD
Principal
Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc, PS
Seattle, WA

Carleen Patterson, ARM, ARM-P, CIC, CRM
VP & Deputy National Practice Leader
Aon Risk Services
Washington, DC

Robert C. Prior, MS, CSP, ARM-P
Senior Consultant
Aon Risk Solutions

David Randall, CPCU, ARM
Public Entity Underwriting Manager
Safety National
St. Louis, MO

Regan Rychetsky, ABCP
Loss Control Manager
York Pooling, York Risk Services Group

Greg Veitch
Chief of Police
Saratoga Springs, NY Police Department

 

Marilyn Rivers is the director of risk and safety, and the compliance officer for the city of Saratoga Springs, New York. She joined the city of Saratoga Springs in 2003 and established its first professional risk, insurance and safety program. Marilyn has an extensive background in public and private enterprise risk management including the areas of government, healthcare, information technology and nonprofit management. She served on the PRIMA Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012, and was recognized as PRIMA’s Public Risk Manager of the Year in 2007. She is also the PRIMA Institute facilitator. Marilyn holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and the Associate in Claims (AIC) designations. 

John Aspland, JD is a senior partner at Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth, P.C. As senior partner in the litigation practice group, John is responsible for managing civil litigation, public entity and public official liability, personal injury, insurance defense, employment litigation, civil rights and municipal law. He joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2002, and was made a partner in 2004. John has a juris doctor degree from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College and a bachelor’s degree from Siena College. He is a licensed attorney in New York, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Warren County Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Kurt Braatz joined the Arizona Counties Insurance Pool in January 2014 as a loss control manager. His responsibilities include reducing claims in liability, property and workers’ compensation for twelve Arizona counties. Kurt Braatz served as detention services commander for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office in Flagstaff, Arizona prior to his retirement in December 2013. He is a technical resource provider for the National Institute of Corrections as well as a facilitator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator MBTI® training. Kurt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Arizona University. He also graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command Class #227 in June 2006, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations Training Course in October 2007 and the Flagstaff Leadership Program in May 2011. 

Stephen Dzury, MS is the senior vice president of claims at Berkley Public Entity Managers LLC, a subsidiary company of W.R. Berkley Corporation, where he is responsible for overseeing and building the claims organization. Prior to joining Berkley, Steve was the vice president of claims for ACE USA. Additionally, he has held various technical and management roles with a number of large, international carriers including Investors Underwriting Managers and AIG Excess Claims. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Temple University and a master’s degree in business management from the John Hopkins University Carey School of Business.

Kimberly George is the senior vice president of corporate development, M&A and healthcare at Sedgwick Claims Management Services. She is responsible for improving Sedgwick’s understanding of how healthcare reform affects its business models, products and service offerings. Her areas of specialization include product development, national telephonic case management, utilization review oversight, workers’ compensation, longshore and total absence management, and integrated disability. Kimberly is considered a thought leader on issues related to health care quality and containing the costs of risks – issues often featured in discussions on her popular Transforming Healthcare for Tomorrow LinkedIn group. She became a registered nurse more than 25 years ago and since then has served in a variety of leadership roles in case management, integrated disability management and managed care.

Oscar Goedecke is a certified safety professional and degreed engineer with more than 25 years of risk management and safety experience in both the private and public sectors. As the director of customer training with Travelers Insurance, he provides safety management training for Travelers’ public sector customers including government entities, law enforcement agencies, Indian Nation enterprise operations, schools, and transit authorities.

Lori Gray is a partner and chief operating officer at Safeonline LLP. He has more than 36 years’ experience in the insurance industry, and has lived and/or worked in a variety of insurance/reinsurance markets including Ireland, the Middle East, Canada and the UK. He places and manages cyber risk insurance on behalf of a diverse range of clients within the retail, IT, energy, entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, public and financial services sectors. Due to his insurance broking experience as a retailer and a wholesaler, Geoff has a firm grasp on the challenges that his clients face. Since 2012, he has been wholly committed to the emerging insurance market for cyber risks, and as a result joined Safeonline in London as a partner. Geoff is FCII qualified, a chartered insurance practitioner and holds an MBA.

Dan Hurley currently serves as the risk manager for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia. Dan has also held positions as the city safety officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, risk manager for Norfolk Public Schools and public education practice leader for Midwest Employers Casualty Company. He served on the PRIMA Board of Directors, is a past-president of the PRIMA board and is the current president of Virginia PRIMA. He holds the CSP and ARM-P designations, has an MS in environmental health and a master’s in public administration.   

Amy Larson, Esq. is the risk and litigation manager for the city of Bloomington, Minnesota where she has worked since July 2000. Her responsibilities include litigation management, contract review, providing overall planning, administration and coordination of the city’s risk management program. Amy has more than 22 years of experience as a risk manager and contract attorney in the public and private sectors. She has a juris doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Amy is a registered attorney in the state of Minnesota with extensive experience in contracts and public liability. She is the president of PRIMA’s Minnesota chapter, a member of the PRIMA Board of Directors and is the chairperson for the PERI Board of Directors.

Charles P.E. Leitch is a founding principal of Patterson Buchanan Forbes & Leitch, Inc., P.S. He is responsible for providing oversight and counsel on policy implementation, critical incident response, supervision of technology and boundary invasion. Charles also serves as litigation counsel to multiple public entities on matters of employment law, civil rights, supervision and protection of minors, data privacy, and catastrophic loss. Additionally, he routinely conducts trainings on the supervisory challenges of technology, cyberbullying, and best practices for employer and public agencies. Prior to joining Patterson Buchanan Forbes & Leitch, Charles served as a prosecutor at the county and city levels. He has served as a member of the Washington State Attorney General’s Youth Internet Safety Taskforce and the advisory board of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition in Washington, D.C. Charles is a graduate of Whitman College and Willamette University College of Law.

Carleen Patterson, ARM, ARM-P, CIC, CRM is the senior vice president and deputy national practice leader for Aon Risk Solutions. As senior VP and deputy national practice leader, Carleen is responsible for the design and implementation of governmental and quasi-governmental property and casualty insurance programs. She specializes in self-insurance, risk pooling programs and public sector brokerage and consulting. Carleen has more than 25 years of risk management, claims, and insurance brokerage experience, including 16 years of public sector brokerage and consulting experience. She holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM), the Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P), the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and the Certified Risk Managers (CRM) designations.

Robert Prior is a senior risk consultant at Aon Risk Solutions, where he leads the public sector/higher ed. team throughout North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. His primary responsibilities include facilitating delivery of client-centric, strategic consulting services to a diverse client base, managing and monitoring loss control services, performing safety and due diligence activities and overseeing workers’ compensation, general liability and automotive fleet issues. Bob has more than 35 years of experience in the health, safety, risk management and the insurance brokerage industry. His career includes working as a 911 dispatcher, paramedic/trainer, EHS management, risk manager and volunteer. Bob has a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Florida International University and an M.S. in Technology and Science Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds the CSP and ARM-P designations.

David Randall, CPCU, ARM is the public sector underwriting manager for Safety National. He is responsible for developing the company’s underwriting efforts and offering casualty insurance to local governments. Prior to joining Safety National, Dave was the director of governmental practices for Travelers Insurance Company. He also served as the national sales director for public entity programs at Apex Insurance and the senior vice president of the corporate public entity division of Sedgwick. Dave has a degree in risk management and insurance from the Ohio State University, and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations. He served as president of the PRIMA Board of Directors in 1989-1990 and is currently a member of the PRIMA Corporate Partner and Conference Planning Committees.

Regan Rychetsky joined York Pooling as loss control manager in January 2017. Prior to joining York Pooling, Regan was the director of Enterprise Risk Management and Safety (ERM) at the Texas Health and Human Services System (HHS) from 2004 to 2016. He was also responsible for emergency management safety for State of Texas Health and Medical Response. While there, he was charged with preparation, recovery, and demobilization efforts in response to man-made and natural disasters. From 2004 to 2012, Regan served on the Texas Chapter of the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) Board of Directors and became chapter president in 2010. Regan’s leadership role expanded to a national level when he served on the PRIMA National Board of Directors, becoming president-elect from 2013-2014 and President from 2014-2015.

Greg Veitch is the chief of police for the Saratoga Springs Police Department in the state of New York. He began with the department in 1995 as a patrolman. Other positions that Greg has held within the Saratoga Springs Police Department prior to his current position include investigator within the narcotics unit, sergeant, lieutenant of the Investigations Division, and assistant chief. He has received a number of professional awards including Officer of the Year in 1997 and the New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit in 1998. Greg holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in leadership from Plattsburgh State University. He also graduated from both the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy, session 61 and the FBI National Academy, session 235 in 2008.

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