Amplify Women Committee
Cherie BakerBlue Cross and Blue Shield of MichiganManager, Risk Management Services
Cherie Baker has 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, various areas of focus include professional liability coverages, corporate claims, cyber risks and effective utilization of captive insurance companies. At BCBSM, Cherie works with business units at the parent and subsidiary level, in assessing the enterprise’s risks, informing internal business partners of available and potential risk mitigation, transfer and financing techniques and coordinating communications with BCBSM’s insurers and broker partners. She has also implemented technology based solutions for managing risk.
Prior to joining BCBSM, Cherie worked with a global automotive manufacturer, establishing appropriate risk transfer, mitigation and retention guidelines for global business units, streamlining claims process and creating a nationwide certificate review training program for business units and vendors.
Cherie has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, as well as an Associate in Risk Management, Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Risk Manager and Associate in Captive Insurance designations. Cherie continues to look for educational opportunities both in the healthcare and corporate insurance spaces and is particularly interested in blockchain solutions for the insurance industry.
Sandy BigglestoneState of VermontDirector of Captive Insurance
As the Director of Captive Insurance, Sandy Bigglestone is charged with managing the Division’s operations and overseeing the financial condition of captive insurance companies domiciled in Vermont. Among her various responsibilities, Sandy conducts the review and approval of captive insurance company applications for licensing, and filings related to company plan of operation changes.
Sandy has been employed by the Captive Division since 1997, and has transitioned to her current leadership role, from examiner to supervisor to manager. She serves as a principal staff member to the Deputy Commissioner of Captive Insurance.
Prior to her regulatory career, Sandy provided audit and tax services for clients of a public accounting firm and was employed as an accountant in a Vermont medical center.
Sandy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. Sandy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants and Society of Financial Examiners.
Sandy is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Examiner, and received a Certified Public Manager designation from the State of Vermont for her participation in a state government leadership career development program. Sandy also earned her Associate Professional in Insurance Regulation designation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
The 2017 Captive Review Power 50, which recognizes the most influential professionals in the global captive insurance industry, named Sandy at #22.
Craig BrophyMillimanPrincipal & Consulting Actuary
Craig Brophy is a Principal of Milliman, a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries with over 15 years of experience in property and casualty insurance. Craig’s consulting experience includes loss reserving, ratemaking, and data analysis. He works with clients that include multi-line property and casualty insurers, captives, self-insurers, risk retention groups, reinsurance pools, and state insurance departments. During his career, he has assisted with the actuarial portion of the captive feasibility process and ongoing actuarial work for a number of companies in various domiciles, both in the United States and abroad.
Courtney ClaflinUniversity of California, Office of the PresidentExecutive Director, Captive Programs
Courtney is the Executive Director of Captive Programs for the University of California, Office of the President. Current captives under his direction include Fiat Lux Risk and Insurance Company, a single parent captive and UC Health RRG, A Reciprocal Risk Retention Group. The University of California system consists of 10 University campuses, 5 academic health systems, and 3 national laboratories, incorporating over 240,000 students, 280,000 faculty and staff, $30 billion of annual revenues and more than 1.7 million alumni living and working around the world.
As Executive Director, his role is the development, implementation and management of the captives and all captive activities. This includes strategic planning and management of current captive programs and the formulation and development of new risk financing strategies utilizing captive insurance arrangements.
Previously, he spent 30 years in the insurance brokerage community as a direct writing agent, independent broker and ultimately a captive insurance practitioner. He is the principal architect of numerous single parent, group, health, micro and association captives and was named The 2016 Captive Professional of the Year at the Captive Review 2016 US Captive Services Awards. In addition, the captive insurance company he manages, Fiat Lux Risk and Insurance Company, was named the 2017 Outstanding Captive Insurance Company of the Year by the captive insurance industries national association, CICA. In 2017, Risk and Insurance Magazine also recognized Mr. Claflin as one of their National Risk All Stars. Mr. Claflin is also a member of the faculty for the International Center for Captive Insurance Education which provides the captive insurance industries pre-eminent professional designation.
Amy EvansIntercare Insurance Services, Inc.Executive Vice President, Business Development and Liability Claims Division
Amy Evans is an Executive Vice President, Business Development and Professional Liability, at Intercare Insurance Services. Intercare provides custom tailored claims, risk and managed care services with regard to all areas of liability including MPL, PL, GL, Products, Workers’ Compensation, E&O, D&O, EPL & EBL. We serve self-insured organizations, captives, risk retention groups, commercial carriers and Lloyd’s syndicates.
Amy started her legal career working at the University of North Texas where she assisted the University’s General Counsel and State Attorney General’s office with claims and litigation inherent to a public university and medical school. Amy began private practice in Houston where she was a first party insurance defense attorney representing national insurance carriers with a focus on insurance bad faith, coverage, arson and fraud litigation. In 1999, Amy began to focus nationally on the oversight and management of claims and litigation in the healthcare industry including litigation involving hospitals, physicians, nurses, allied health, life sciences, long term care, behavioral health and addiction medicine.
Anjanette FowlerMadison Scottsdale Investment ManagementManaging Director & Portfolio Manager
Anjanette Fowler serves as a Managing Director & Portfolio Manager for Madison Scottsdale, a specialist investment advisory firm that for over 25 years has focused solely on servicing the investment needs of the insurance industry—both domestic and international. Anjanette herself brings over 27 years of dedicated experience in the investment management arenas of several insurance companies, along with a valuable understanding of the unique investment, operational, statutory and accounting considerations particular to the industry. She is a frequent speaker at insurance and risk management conferences and is actively involved in supporting the industry through her involvement in numerous industry associations and domicile events.
Prior to managing insurance company portfolios on behalf of Madison Scottsdale clients, Anjanette directed the Treasury Management and Investment Accounting department for a large Life and Property & Casualty insurance consortium. She holds a BS in Finance from Arizona State University.
Katherine (Katie) LaMantiaBevCap Management, LLCProgram Manager
Katherine (Katie) LaMantia is Program Manager BevCap Management LLC. After graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Mays Business School in 2010, I quickly joined BevCap Management in June 2010. My primary focus at BevCap Management is program management across several industries and multiple lines of coverage. I currently hold both my General Lines-Life, Accident, Health HMO and Property and Casualty Agent License. I was raised in Laredo, Texas and now reside in Dallas, Texas. I am fluent in Spanish and serve on the Junior League of Dallas and the Young Alumni Advisory Council for the Texas A&M Association of Former Students.
Esperanza (“Espy”) Borja MeadActuarial Factor LLCPrincipal
Esperanza (“Espy”) Borja Mead is Actuarial Factor’s Principal and has over 24 years of actuarial experience. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Distinguished Toastmaster. She has extensive experience in property and casualty, personal and business, accident and health, and life in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Just prior to founding Actuarial Factor located in Miami, Florida, Espy worked as Vice President, Chief Actuary of Latin America at Chubb.
Her actuarial work includes pricing, reserving, feasibility studies, peer reviews, expert testimony, and mergers & acquisitions.
Alicia MillerCrowe LLPTax Senior
As a Tax Senior at Crowe LLP, Alicia Miller is the lead client service provider for many of the firm’s multi-national and international insurance clients. She has experience with both U.S. domiciled and internationally domiciled insurance companies. Alicia has worked with commercial property & casualty insurance companies, life insurers, single parent captives, risk retention groups, association captives, cell companies, risk pools, and reciprocal insurance companies. Her roles at the firm include overseeing the preparation of federal and state income tax returns, preparation of tax related compliance for GAAP and SSAP 101 reporting and performing research and consulting on federal and state insurance related issues.
Mary Ellen MoriartyCollege Insurance Company, Inc. / EIIAVice President for Property & Casualty
Mary Ellen Moriarty has been actively engaged in the insurance industry for over 30 years in positions within national insurance brokerages as well as commercial insurance carriers. She joined EIIA in 2002, as the Vice President for Property & Casualty, focusing her extensive insurance experience on the higher education industry group. Mary Ellen received a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University, a MBA from DePaul University and a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She currently holds the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designations.
Kara TencellentCoverysDirector of Alternative Risk Solutions
Kara Tencellent joined Coverys in 2015 and serves as the Director of Alternative Risk Solutions, managing Coverys Custom Accounts, the large account underwriting division for the organization. In this role, she is responsible for product and program development, strategy and reinsurance relationships to the serve the needs of self-insured healthcare institutions and physician practices, and those involved with captive structures.
Prior to joining Coverys Kara served in the role of Vice President of Underwriting and Compliance for the Willis Global Captive Practice and was responsible for the management of all aspects of the insurance and reinsurance operations for captive insurance companies and risk retention groups with a focus on healthcare.
Kara holds the Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation.
Anne Marie TowleHylantGlobal Captive Solutions Leader
A veteran of the captive insurance industry, Anne Marie Towle leads the Global Captive Solutions Team at Hylant. She has over 25 years of experience with diverse projects and has worked with captives and other alternative risk transfer vehicles in many key onshore and offshore domiciles. Prior to joining Hylant, Anne Marie was an Executive Vice President with JLT, and formerly a Senior Consultant with Willis Towers Watson for over 7 years. Anne Marie also spent time as a Senior Manager in public accounting and 10 years in taxation, where she provided consultancy services to captive owners.
Anne Marie managed client projects through feasibility and implementation processes in structuring captives and managing their accounting and tax compliance functions. Before that, for over 6 years, Anne Marie worked in private industry in the insurance tax departments of several Fortune 500 insurance and financial institution companies.
Throughout her career, Anne Marie has been closely involved in captive insurance organizations at the local, state and national level. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA), Vice-Chair for the North Carolina Captive Insurance Association (NCCIA), and the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE); the curriculum committee for ICCIE and an instructor for ICCIE courses; and the conference committees of the (2017 Chair) VCIA, Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA), World Captive Forum (WCF) and the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association (SCCIA).
Anne Marie is a certified public accountant and attended Western Michigan University where she majored in accountancy and minored in international business. She is honored to be named to the Captive Review Power 50 for the past 4 years and is a requested frequent speaker and author on various captive insurance topics.