Faculty

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

2019 PRIMA Institute Faculty

Randy Anderson, CSP

Independent Training Consultant
E3 Professional Trainers

Teresa Bartlett, MD

Senior Vice President & Senior Medical Officer
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

Kurt Braatz, MPA, SPHR

Loss Control Manager
Arizona Counties Insurance Pool

Terri Evans

Risk Manager
City of Kingsport, TN

Michael Fann, ARM-P, MBA

Director of Loss Control
Public Entity Partners

Dorothy Gjerdrum, ARM-P, CIRM

Managing Director, Gallagher Public Sector & ERM Practice
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Oscar Goedecke

Customer Training Specialist
Travelers

Lori Gray

Risk Management Division Chief
Prince William County, VA

Pat Haag

Risk Management Officer
City of Laurel, MD

Samuel C. Hall, Jr.

Shareholder
Law Firm of Crivello Carlson, S.C.

John Hanson

Senior Consultant
Willis Towers Watson

Steve Hightower

Fleet Manager
City of Kingsport, TN

Bryan Holmgren

Vice President- Aviation Brokerage Group
Aon Risk Solutions

Geoffrey Jones

Senior Claims Attorney
Midwest Employers Casualty

Amy Larson

Risk and Litigation Manager
City of Bloomington, MN

Michele Molinario

Partner
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC

Carleen Patterson, ARM-P, CIC, CRM

Managing Director, Public Sector
Aon Risk Solutions

Joe Popolizio

Partner
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC

Thom P. Rickert, CPCU, ARM-P, ARC, ARe

Vice President, Emerging Risk Specialist
Argo Group

Regan Rychetsky, ABCP

President & CEO
Insight Workplace Solutions, LLC

Richard Spiers, CPCU, ARM, ARe, AIC

Claim Consultant
Spiers Consulting, LLC

Mark Sulek

Associate Director
Aon Risk Solutions

Mauricio Velasquez, MBA

President & Founder
Diversity Training Group

 

Randy Anderson is co-founder of E3 Professional Trainers, a Texas-based training firm that provides customized training, keynote presentations and personal coaching. The goal of E3 is to help people become more engaged in their work, be better equipped to do their job and feel empowered to live a more fulfilling life that will count for something after they’re gone. Before starting E3 in 2005, Randy spent 20 years in sales and sales management. Most of that time was spent in media sales, which gave him the opportunity to work with virtually every type of business and in every industry. His clients included small businesses as well as large corporations, and were spread all across the United States. It is from that experience that he draws the ideas and strategies to help his clients improve their performance in the workplace and to achieve their maximum potential in life.


Teresa Bartlett is the senior vice president and senior medical officer at Sedgwick CMS as of January 2009. She has experience managing large self-insured, multi-state workers’ compensation programs and the Canadian workers’ compensation program. She is also responsible for leading the team that won the Corporate Health Achievement Award from ACOEM in 2005 for the Development and Implementation of a Best Practice Clinical Model. Teresa was the recipient of the Crain’s Detroit Business 2008 Health Care Hero Award, was considered by Business Insurance as one of the Women to Watch in 2012 and was the recipient of the President’s Honor Roll of the Comp Laude award for Work Comp Central for her work with physicians who had aberrant prescribing patterns in California. In 2017, she was appointed to the inaugural Board for the Women to Watch Foundation.


Kurt Braatz served as a division commander for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office prior to his retirement in 2017. Kurt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Arizona University. He graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command Class #227, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations training course, the Flagstaff Leadership Program, and also attended the Correctional Leadership Development course at the National Corrections Academy. He is a technical resource provider for the National Institute of Corrections and a facilitator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator training as well. Kurt earned his certification as a senior professional in human resources in 2015. His second career is with the Arizona Counties Insurance Pool where he is responsible for training on safety, human resources, policy development and review, and reducing losses in workers’ compensation, property and liability claims.


Terri Evans has worked with the City of Kingsport, TN since 1984 and has been a member of the Risk Management Department since 1986. Having performed all risk functions within the department, including benefits, self-funded health insurance, workers’ compensation, liability and safety, Terri was promoted to risk manager in January, 2001. Terri has worked with all departments in the city, including the K-12 school system, to incorporate risk management principles and practices into daily activities.  Terri has developed an internal risk financing allocation system for the various governmental funds that utilize the risk fund, including general government, water, sewer, solid waste, mass transit, MPO, fleet and schools. Terri proudly served as the 2016-17 president of PRIMA and as the 2015 national conference planning chairperson for PRIMA. She has also been involved in the leadership of the Tennessee chapter of PRIMA, serving as vice president, president, director and conference planning, 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 Fann 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.


Dorothy Gjerdrum has been consulting on enterprise risk management (ERM) projects since 2003. Dorothy has represented the U.S. in the development of international risk management standards since 2008 and has served as the chair of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO 31000 from 2008-2014. She has depth of knowledge regarding best practices in risk management from around the world. She is a frequent speaker on ERM and ISO 31000 and is the curriculum developer and trainer for PRIMA’s ISO 31000 training series. She is a risk management consultant for cities, counties, public school districts, community colleges and universities, and is a national expert on implementing ERM in the public sector.

In 2014, Dorothy was named as one of “25 Women to Watch” by Business Insurance. In 2012, Dorothy was recognized by Treasury & Risk as a “Top 100 Leader in Finance and Risk” and has been recognized as a “Power Broker” by Risk & Insurance three times. 


Oscar Goedecke is a degreed engineer with over 30 years of risk management and safety experience working with both public and private entities. A certified safety professional, Oscar currently directs all customer training activities for the Travelers Companies Public Sector Services and is a frequent speaker at regional and national PRIMA events. Oscar provides safety management training for Travelers Public Sector customers including governmental entities, law enforcement agencies, Indian Nation enterprise operations, schools and transit authorities. 


Lori Gray is the risk management division chief for Prince William County, VA and has over 25 years of risk management, safety and loss control experience. As risk manager for the county for over 19 years, she has succeeded at building an outstanding risk management program from scratch after the entity has previously outsourced the function. Lori oversees the administration and management of the Prince William Self-Insurance Group (PWSIG) and is chairman of the Board of Trustees for the PWSIG. Through her successful strategies and risk control techniques, the PWSIG has recognized dividend payments totaling over $18 million. During her tenure, she has implemented 21 award-winning programs recognized by PRIMA, National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo). Lori holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University. She is currently a member of Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) as well as PRIMA and she serves on the board of directors for the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI). She was recognized as PRIMA’s Risk Manager of the Year in 2008 and Business Insurance’s Risk Manager of the Year in 2013.


Pat Haag is the risk management officer for the City of Laurel, MD. She joined the City of Laurel in November 2000 starting in the Department of Public Works. In June 2001 she transferred to the Office of the Clerk to the City Council where she was promoted to deputy clerk and obtained her designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC). In July 2012, Pat was transferred to the Office of the City Administrator and became the city’s first risk management officer. As the risk management officer, she serves on the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) Risk Management Committee and LGIT’s Law Enforcement Task Force. She also serves on the City of Laurel Pension Board, she is the current president of Maryland’s Public Employee Safety Association (PESA) and is a board member of Maryland PRIMA. Pat is a graduate of Bowie State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.


Samuel C. Hall, Jr. is a shareholder at the law firm of Crivello Carlson, S.C., working primarily from the firm’s Chicago and Milwaukee offices. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Marquette University. His principal practice focuses are on civil rights litigation and appellate practice.  Sam has successfully defended many government officials, law enforcement officers and municipalities in cases involving alleged civil rights violations. Samuel is admitted to practice and has defended law enforcement in Wisconsin, Illinois and New York state courts, the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and federal district courts in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania. Sam received “AV-Preeminent” peer and judicial ratings by Martindale-Hubbell for his civil rights defense and appellate work. Based on his experience in defending law enforcement officers, Samuel has been a keynote speaker and lecturer for various law enforcement organizations and was also an instructor for a master’s level course offered by the University of Wisconsin for law enforcement command staff. 


John Hanson is a senior consultant with Willis Towers Watson. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law, he has worked in the law and insurance industries for over 30 years with a focus on public policy and risk transfer solutions.


Steve Hightower has been fleet manager for Kingsport, TN for 21 years, with over 850 pieces of rolling stock valued at over $29 million. Steve is an ASE certified mechanic with degrees in heavy truck repair and business management. He is a member of the Northeast State Community College Technical Advisory Council for their automotive program. Having worked up through the ranks from mechanic to manager, Steve understands all aspects of fleet operations and has a reputation in the region as a resource for innovative fleet ideas and emerging technologies, such as telematics and automation.


Bryan Holmgren is a vice president at Aon Corporation, a leading global insurance professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. His career with Aon spans over 15 year's where his specialty is specific to aviation risks. His role comprises of the insurance brokering of commercial aviation risk on a national and international basis. He is accountable for providing his clients with strategic assessments of their aviation insurance program, followed by designed solutions, then the placement of their insurance program. His areas of expertise include all sectors of aviation such as aircraft products manufacturers, airlines, airports, corporate aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly referred to as drones. Bryan is a graduate of the University of Illinois and majored in economics. He has been the recipient of Risk & Insurance Magazine's Power Broker Award.

 Geoffrey Jones, Esq. is a Senior Claims Attorney with Midwest Employers Casualty. He has been with MEC for nine years and is responsible for claims/litigation consultation and oversight, nationally. His experience includes resolving high-exposure cases with multiple stakeholders, which also includes influencing and consulting with top management on important workers' compensation claim-related decisions that can greatly impact their organization. Geoff's experience and skill-set has led to significant savings for public entities and better outcomes for their injured workers.


Amy Larson has more than 18 years’ experience as the risk manager for the City of Bloomington, MN, including the past eight 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 currently sits on the national PRIMA Board of Directors and the Minnesota Chapter of PRIMA. She also served as the president of national PRIMA in 2017-2018 and was a member of the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) Board of Directors from 2012-2017.


Michele Molinario has primarily dedicated her professional career to defending public entities and their employees, including police officers, detention officers, emergency responders, public works directors, and traffic engineers, etc. Michele focuses her practice in the areas of law enforcement defense, correctional defense and general governmental liability defense. She also practices in the area of employment law and represents public and private employers. Since 2000, Michele has tried state and federal jury trials and bench trials, as well as administrative law hearings. Michele also has an impressive motion practice record in federal court. For example, the vast majority of the cases she defended in federal court from 2010-2017 resulted in a dismissal or summary judgment in favor of Michele’s clients.


Carleen Patterson is the managing director and national practice leader for Aon Risk Solutions. 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 for Public Entities (ARM-P), the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and the Certified Risk Managers (CRM) designations.


Joe Popolizio predominantly represents governmental entities, law enforcement personnel, elected officials, municipalities and private correctional facilities. He defends his clients in matters alleging civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, including wrongful death and excessive force claims in police and detention settings, and claims for racial profiling and discriminatory policing under Title VI and 42 U.S. Code § 14141. Joe also defends governmental clients in complex, high-profile matters involving the Department of Justice and the ACLU. Joe conducts trials in both state and federal courts.


Thom P. Rickert hasexecutive leadership experience in all property and casualty lines of business, spanning multiple segments and industries with advanced expertise in public entity risk. He has served as the business leader for technology solutions in policy administration, underwriting, channel management and risk analytics. His client service responsibilities have included underwriting, marketing, coverage document creation and analysis, rate development, reinsurance negotiation, operational budgeting, claims aggregate review, governing board liaison and special legislative research.


Regan Rychetsky is the founder of Insight Workplace Solutions, LLC, a workplace violence consulting firm providing public and private sector employers with practical planning, response and recovery strategies. Regan has 20 years of experience handling threats, threatening behavior, domestic violence, stalking and recovering from the aftermath of violence in the workplace. Regan conducts employee training and speaks at employer functions. He is a past national PRIMA and Texas PRIMA president and his workplace violence programs have received state and national recognition. Regan has been a resource for Business Insurance magazine regarding domestic violence, stalking awareness and workplace violence prevention measures. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds an Associate Business Continuity Professional certification. 


Richard Spiers has been in the insurance industry since 1980 and has been a claim executive in the reinsurance and excess marketplace since 1985. He was with Genesis Management and Insurance Services for over 20 years. Richard 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. Richard has been developing and presenting insurance industry-related training sessions to a variety of client and industry groups for over 25 years.


Mark Sulek has seven years’ experience working in the insurance industry. He joined Aon in early 2015 and currently works with the Aon Public Sector Practice in a marketing & development role. He is responsible for overseeing the national pipeline growth, qualification of opportunities and the solicitation response process. He is also responsible for managing events and marketing initiatives. Prior to beginning his career with Aon, he worked for Reliance Standard as an LTD claims adjudicator. Before joining Reliance Standard, he worked as a brokerage marketing and development consultant. He began his post graduate career as a teacher for seven years with a degree from Saint Joseph’s University in education.


Mauricio Velazquez has been a diversity and inclusion trainer, coach and strategist (harassment prevention trainer) for over 25 years. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Washington University. Mauricio has trained in every state except for North Dakota and has been to over 70 countries, either for work or life experience. Mauricio and his team work with many local, state and federal organizations. 

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