Officers & Directors

President

Caron Paixao

CPCU, AIM, AINS, AIS

Caron Paixao is a Regional Claims Manager for Federated Mutual Insurance Company. She has been in the insurance industry for 30 years. She leads a local team of claims professionals handling Construction Defect claims nationwide. She also leads a team of experienced claims professionals located in Phoenix Arizona handling traditional property and casualty claims in the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Arizona. She serves on a cross functional management team, working with the Regional Marketing Manager and Regional Underwriting Manager to build business prospects in the Mountain West Region. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Vice President

Susan Atkins

CPCU, ARe, AU-M

Susan Atkins is an Assistant Vice President for Golden Bear Insurance Company. She has been in the insurance industry for 20+ years. Susan is the senior Commercial Property underwriter in the home office and often represents Golden Bear at conferences and conventions.  She plays an integral role in the operation of the Commercial Property Department.  In addition, she is a committee member of the Admitted Market Liaison Committee & Stamping Committee for the Surplus Line Association of California. In her spare time she plays ukulele & sings with the Stockton Portsmen, a barbershop chorus.

Treasurer

Shari Peek

CPCU

Shari Peek is a Claims Representative for Federated Mutual Insurance Company.  She has been in the insurance industry for over 15 years.  She has worked both in Commercial Lines Claims and Marketing.  She currently handles Commercial Automobile Claims for multiple States.  In her spare time she likes to travel with her family.
 

Past President

Lisa Bracero

CPCU

Lisa Bracero is an Account Executive with Warren G. Bender Co. and loves to help her clients build risk management & insurance solutions to specifically meet their goals. She has 15 years of experience in the industry and built a strong foundation of commercial and agribusiness expertise with a Fortune 100 insurance carrier. Lisa is an alumna of CSU, Sacramento, where she earned her degree in Business Administration. She and her husband Oliver are grateful to live and raise their family in the beautiful Sacramento Valley area.

Member at Large and Area Governor

Denise Brown

CPCU, AINS, AIC, ARM, CIC, CISC, CRIS, AIS, MLIS, AFIS

Denise Brown is Vice President and Executive Claims Consultant for InterWest Insurance Services, LLC.  While she has been in insurance industry for over 35 years, Denise has spent the past 25 years in a variety of claim-focused positions that have developed her technical expertise in handling the majority of claim-related situations that InterWest clients will unfortunately experience.  Denise has earned the CPCU, AINS, AIC, ARM, CIC, CISC, CRIS, AIS, MLIS, AFIS, and CAWC designations. She and her husband live in the small foothills town of Pilot Hill and have two adult daughters.
 

Education Director

Lisa Blumm

CPCU

Lisa Blumm is a Senior Claims Resolution Specialist III for Liberty Mutual Insurance.  She is a  graduate of Western Illinois University.  She began her career in 1986 in the claims department and has held various positions in claims handling and management. She enjoys the technical analysis and negotiations necessary in her current position.  She obtained her CPCU designation in 2009.  In her free time she enjoys traveling and attending sporting events with her husband Steve and daughters Megan, Stephanie, and her husband Casey. 

Candidate Recruitment and Development

Joshua Handloff

CPCU

Joshua is an Administrative Underwriter for Mercury Insurance.  Joshua has been working in the insurance industry for 10 years, all in underwriting.  He graduated with his BA in Business Administration and MBA from Golden Gate University in 2005 and 2006, respectively.  He earned his CPCU in 2014.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and anything football-related.

Interest Group Liaison

Jeffrey L. Thomas

CPCU, AINS, API, SM

Jeff Thomas is a Territorial Product Manager in Allstate Insurance’s California Regional Office. With over 30 years of experience, he has worked in several business units including Underwriting, Sales, Corporate Relations, Claims, and Product Management. Jeff currently leads a team of consultants whose primary function is to work directly with agency owners and their staffs to grow profitably. He also oversees the Product responsibilities for Allstate’s property lines in the state. Jeff received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys backpacking in the great outdoors.

Secretary

Melissa Wheeler

CPCU, AIS

Melissa Wheeler is an Underwriting Supervisor at Mercury Insurance Group in Folsom.  She was hired at Mercury in 2004, shortly before graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Psychology.  Over the years Melissa has worked her way up through the personal auto underwriting department, and in June 2017 she was promoted to Supervisor of her branch.  She obtained her CPCU designation in December 2017.  In her spare time, Melissa enjoys watching movies, reading, and attending concerts, as well as spending time with her friends and family.