The 2018 vision and direction of the Chapter and the day to day operations are managed by these active volunteers. We are always looking for additional talent so let us know if you want to assist in any capacity; there is a place for everyone.
CPCU, AMIM, AU-M, AIC
Joe Ferrone is a Sr. Underwriter with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty and served as the Director of Membership for the chapter in 2015 and the President Elect in 2016 and President in 2017. Joe is an Air Force veteran, a committed kite surfer, plays trumpet in a band and even spent a few months working on a cruise ship. Joe started his insurance career at Liberty Mutual in 2010. He received the CPCU designation in 2012 and received his degree in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
MBA, CPCU, ARM
Michael Rodgers is Marsh’s West Zone Multinational Client Service (MCS) Leader and Senior Vice President. He manages a group of Multinational Advisors to deliver global risk advice and insurance program implementation for Marsh's clients. This includes helping clients navigate regulatory and tax issues and aligning those requirements with global insurance programs. Michael continues to manage a number of global account relationships to set annual strategic objectives to further enhance and improve service delivery and program structure. He holds his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and his BA in Government from Lehigh University.
Katie Pickard is currently a Risk Consultant with Alliant Insurance Services in San Francisco and specializes in risk consulting to public education systems. Her background also includes risk management in staffing, technology, manufacturing and the managed health care sectors. A lifelong learner, she received her BA and MBA from Washington State University. She is a strong advocate for the CPCU curriculum and is serving her third year on the chapter board.
MBA, CPCU, ARM
Mohammed Khalid is currently a Senior Underwriter with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. Mohammed joined the insurance industry in 2010 and has experience underwriting most casualty lines including environmental liability. He was previously with AIG and also worked for a Lloyds of London reinsurance broker in Pakistan. Mohammed completed his MBA in Finance at Cal State Fullerton in 2014 and also holds an ARM designation. This is Mohammed's second year serving on the board.
Officer & Director of Membership
CPCU, ARM, AINS
Blake Merlo is our Membership Officer and is currently an Assistant Vice President at Lockton Insurance Brokers. With over 8 years of experience in commercial account management, he specializes in large, multinational technology and life science accounts. Blake holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management & Finance from Menlo College and also has his ARM and AINS designations
Director & Education Leader
Esq. & CPCU
Anne Gritzer’s practice at Walsworth WFBM, LLP includes general liability defense, as well as toxic tort/environmental litigation with an emphasis on asbestos. She has successfully defended public entities, premises owners, equipment manufacturers, and contractors, resolving many cases through dispositive motions, mediation and settlement conferences. Prior to her experience as a lawyer, Anne was an insurance broker with a large national insurance brokerage where she negotiated 3rd liability coverage and excess layers for a multi-national petrochemical corporation, multi-state financial institutions & local municipalities.
Member at Large & Communications Director
Jaime Villa Zapatero
Jaime completed his CPCU in March 2018 and has been active with the chapter since 2017. Jaime recently revamped the Chapter's communication platform and strategy bringing us into the new age of technology. He is currently working for MAPFRE Insurance, a company he joined in 2011. Originally from Madrid, Spain, Jaime graduated from Drury University in 2011 where he graduated with honors (cum laude) and achieved All-American status as an NCAA athlete. In 2016 he was inducted into the Drury University Sports Hall of Fame. Jaime brings a fresh perspective to the chapter and we are all benefitting from his participation.
Member at Large
Tunde Oluyitan is a Sales and Client Services Manager for Amica Mutual Insurance Company’s Northern California Regional office located in Petaluma, CA. He embarked on his insurance career in 2009 as an Account Manager and since then has held a wide range of leadership positions within Amica. Tunde’s roles have given him the opportunity to work various insurance markets which include New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Texas, and California. In his free time Tunde loves outdoor activities and exploring the world through travel. He earned his CPCU designation in 2016 and received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Berea College.
Dennis Mulqueeney is a Senior Vice President with Alliant Insurance Services, where he has worked for the past 18 years. He is an all lines commercial insurance broker specializing in Public Entity and Commercial Real Estate accounts, focusing on complex placements and transactions.
Past President & Director
Brian Gerritsen, Managing Director - Excess Casualty at Travelers served as Chapter president in 2015 and 2016. Brian started his career at Continental Insurance as a commercial underwriter before taking a decade long detour working as an executive chef. He spent 10 years in various leadership roles within the Industry Practices and Product Management divisions at Fireman's Fund/Allianz before joining Travelers in mid-2015. He began his CPCU studies in 1992 and proudly finished in 2008!