Speakers

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Ann Ardizzone
VP Supply Chain/Risk Management
Alaska Airlines
Ann Ardizzone holds responsibility for Supply Chain including procurement, sourcing and contract management. She is also responsible for Risk Management, overseeing insurance requirements for airline hull, spare and comprehensive liability.

Previous to Supply Chain, she was Vice President for Inflight Services, responsible for the hiring and training of Alaska’s Flight Attendants.

Prior to Inflight, Ann was responsible for e-commerce, encompassing interactive marketing, merchandising, business and product development. She was also responsible for the company’s marketing & loyalty programs and led the airline's Mileage Plan business unit, responsible for Alaska's Frequent Flyer program, airport club rooms, customer relationship management effort, and customer care. During this period, Ardizzone developed and launched six credit card products supporting Alaska’s frequent flyer program, including the companion fare product.

Ann holds a BA in business administration from WSU and an EMBA from University of Washington, Foster School of Business.

Ann was recognized as a 2013 Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Ann is a member of the Board for the 5th Avenue Theatre, Girl Scouts of Western Washington and is on the advisory board to the Master of Supply Chain Management program at Foster School of Business.
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Jorge Aviles
Associate
Anderson Kill

Jorge Aviles is an attorney in Anderson Kill's New York office, where he concentrates his practice in insurance recovery, exclusively on behalf of policyholders, and in corporate and commercial litigation.

Jorge represents clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation in insurance coverage disputes concerning long-tail environmental and bodily injury claims, as well as disputes over directors and officers, errors and omissions, representations and warranties, first-party property and cyber insurance claims. He has drafted motions and pleadings at all stages of complex litigation, from discovery through appeals.

Prior to joining Anderson Kill, Jorge was an associate at a law firm where he worked on complex commercial litigation. He also worked with major telecommunications, online content, and advertising providers concerning contractual disputes and claims under the Lanham Act.

While attending Fordham University School of Law, Jorge was the Associate Editor of the Journal of Corporate & Financial Law and an Intergovernmental Affairs Intern of the United States Senate, as well as a Medicaid Fraud Control Civil Unit Intern for the New York State. He also assisted with the Lincoln Square Legal Services at the Legislative Advocacy & Public Policy Clinic and was the recipient of the Archibald S. Murray Public Service Award.

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Sean Catanese
ERM Program Manager
King County
Sean Catanese has managed King County’s Enterprise Risk Management program since joining the county in 2014. He is RIMS Washington’s Vice President and Communications Director. He holds the Associate in Risk Management designation and has been a part of the insurance and risk management industry since graduating from Sacramento State University 2005.
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Stacy Connole
Senior Director, Senior Counsel
Nordstrom
Stacy Connole is Associate General Counsel and Director at Nordstrom, Inc., one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers with over 350 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. For nearly a decade, Stacy has worked at Nordstrom advising on a range of legal issues and helping business leaders and the company’s risk management program devise practical solutions to complex problems. A graduate of Smith College, cum laude and the University of Washington School of Law, Stacy began her legal career at the Seattle law firm Foster Pepper PLLC as a litigator. She then honed her trial skills at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, focusing on domestic violence felony cases. Before joining Nordstrom, Stacy served as in-house employment counsel to King County as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.
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Ellisa Doroff
Vice President
AXA XL

Elissa Doroff is a Vice President and Product Manager for AXA XL’s Cyber & Technology Underwriting team. In this role, she works to direct and manage AXA XL’s risk management services designed to minimize the frequency and severity of data breaches. She has considerable cyber and technology insurance expertise having worked as claims counsel at AIG and as a broker of cyber insurance at Marsh and McLennan Companies. Throughout her tenure in the industry, she has counseled public and private clients on their risks and insurance needs in the areas of media, technology, privacy and cyber. She is a frequent speaker on these topics at seminars for clients and industry associations and has authored many industry related articles.

Elissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. Elissa is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Tracy Elliott
Director of Risk, Insurance & Claims
Coinstar, LLC
Tracy Elliott is the Director or Risk, Insurance and Claims for Coinstar, LLC, a leader in providing self-service coin counting services with over 20,000 kiosks worldwide. She is responsible for the global risk, insurance and claims management programs for the organization and has been with the company for 6 years. Prior to Coinstar, Tracy worked for Marsh Seattle for 13 years. She joined the Washington RIMS chapter board in July 2016 and is currently the board Treasurer. Tracy has a B.A. in Risk Management & Insurance from Washington State University and holds both the CPCU & ARM designations.
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Allison Frey
Insurance & Contracts Manager
King County

Allison Frey is the Insurance & Contracts Manager in King County’s Office of Risk Management Services. King County is the 13th largest County in the United States serving a population of over 2 million. Allison is responsible for the procurement of County-wide insurance policies, and establishing insurance requirements and risk transfer mechanisms for County contracts.

Allison has been working in the risk management industry for over 15 years and with King County for almost three years. Allison holds a degree in Finance from Seattle University and sits on the Board for the WA RIMS Chapter.

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Ashley Giesa
Senior Staff Consultant
ESi

Ms. Giesa is a professional mechanical engineer and certified industrial hygienist. As a Senior Staff Consultant at ESi, Ms. Giesa offers consulting services.

Her career started as a project engineer for a large mechanical contractor where she was responsible for designing all manner of HVAC and plumbing systems for commercial buildings.

Ms. Giesa then transitioned into forensic engineering where she applies her mechanical engineering knowledge in investigating HVAC, refrigeration and plumbing systems failures. She also engages in construction defects analyses, indoor air quality evaluations and other building science related investigations.

Ms. Giesa became a certified industrial hygienist to complement her other work in the building sciences field. Ms. Giesa has worked on cases involving mold, smoke residues from fires, carbon monoxide exposure, volatile organic compounds, asbestos and lead contamination and many other chemical hazards in homes and commercial buildings.

Ms. Giesa is currently working toward a certified safety professional designation to complement her other work in the environmental health and building sciences industries.

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Marisa Halvorson
Director of HR Business Partnerships
REI

Marisa Halvorson is the Director of HR Business Partnerships at Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure. She and her team provide consultation and HR advice to over 10,000 employees in 155 stores across the United States in the areas of talent planning, leadership development and employee engagement and retention.

Prior to joining the Co-op in 2014, Marisa has enjoyed her work in the ever-evolving worlds of Human Resources and Retail leadership. Throughout her more than 20-year career, her focus has been on building and evolving business unit capabilities through effective workforce planning, creating a culture of continuous growth and development, and successful implementation of change management strategies.

Marisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and history from the University of Washington.

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Jennifer Hills
Director of Risk Management
King County

Jennifer Hills has been the Director of Risk Management for King County, Washington since 2003. King County, which includes the Seattle-Bellevue metropolitan area, is the 13th largest County in the United States serving a population of over 2 million. King County, through its 15,000 employees, provides direct and regional services such as public health and community services, parks and recreation, wastewater treatment, and criminal justice. King County also operates the regional transportation network including bus, light rail, street car, and passenger ferry services, as well as the King County International Airport.

Jennifer is responsible for establishing a culture of balanced risk taking using a risk-value framework, implementing ERM, and managing a broad risk management program.

In 2018, Jennifer was named Public Risk Manager of the Year by the Public Risk Management Association, and was named to the RIMS Risk Management Honor Roll.

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Joe Hurley
Senior Manager
Lyft

Joe Hurley is a Senior Manager on the Risk Solutions team at Lyft. Since joining in September 2016, Joe and the Risk Solutions team work to address the insurance needs of Lyft, drivers, passengers and members of communities where Lyft operates. In addition to the work helping to drive further innovation in the insurance industry, he also manages and oversees all of Lyft's corporate insurance policies.

Prior to Lyft, Joe was Sr. Risk Analyst at PG&E responsible for analyzing and managing PG&E's exposures, working directly with the CRO to place all insurance programs. Prior to PG&E, Joe spent a few years working in Marsh's casualty group in San Francisco.

Joe obtained his Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Chico State University.

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Mark Isaacson
Director of King County Wastewater Treatment Division
King County

Mark Isaacson is the director of the King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), which has over 700 employees and provides regional wastewater treatment services for 34-cities and sewer districts throughout King and Snohomish Counties. WTD is one of the largest utilities on the West Coast.  The division has a $150 million annual operating budget and $200 million 2018 capital budget with infrastructure expenditures expected to exceed $3.1 billion by 2030.  WTD operates and maintains five treatment plants, nine Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) treatment and storage facilities, 72 regulator and pump stations, and 390 miles of conveyance lines. 

Mark has been working in the wastewater industry since October 2016; he was in his new job less than four months before a major equipment failure and flooding at the West Point treatment plant.  He had the opportunity to lead the restoration with the treatment plant back to full operations in 76 days.  Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California in Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington. 

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Peter Marchel
President / Principal
Marchel Risk Consulting LLC

Peter Marchel is the President and Founder of Marchel Risk Consulting LLC dba Marchel & Associates Risk Consulting. Marchel & Associates Risk Consulting assists financial institutions, publicly traded companies and highprofile non-profits to identify and mitigate their risk. Some of the services offered: Enterprise risk review and consulting; Insurance policy review, analysis and placement; and Insurance management issues such as policy enforcement, claims advisory and advocacy. His experience as in-house Counsel and General Counsel for both insurance companies and insurance brokerages has brought a unique and valuable perspective to his clients. Peter consults with clients and their counsel on complex claims, as well as assistance with policy language, policy placement, cyber incident response plans and development of financial risk solutions. Peter uses his experience to assist clients with placement of their policies as well as helping clients when they are in claim situations.

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Dennis Nolan
Shareholder
Anderson Kill

Dennis J. Nolan, a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York office, concentrates his practice in commercial litigation with an emphasis on insurance recovery.  He also has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors’ committees and unsecured creditors in complex chapter 11 reorganizations and co-chairs the firm's bankruptcy group.

Mr. Nolan's insurance recovery work includes arbitrations in London and litigation of coverage disputes involving Directors and Officers, Errors and Omissions, Employment Practices Liability, Marine Cargo, and long-tail asbestos claims, among others.  His clients in insurance recovery cases include companies in the financial services, technology, manufacturing, fitness, and commodity trading industries.

Mr. Nolan has represented clients including a major financial services institution in an Errors and Omissions and Directors' & Officers' insurance dispute in connection with a bankrupt subsidiary; a leading technology company in a London arbitration of an insurance coverage dispute hinging on policy periods; and "feeder fund" defendants in the Madoff bankruptcy.

He has also handled diverse matters in commercial litigation, including employment and partnership disputes, copyright infringement, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims against officers and directors, and antitrust.  In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Mr. Nolan provided pro bono counsel to homeowners who suffered property damage in the storm.

Mr. Nolan is co-chair of Anderson Kill's Marine Cargo Industry Group and a member of the firm's Cyber Insurance Recovery Group.

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Patrick Reiman
Asst. Vice President, Claims Operations WA
Sedgwick

Patrick Reiman, CPCU, CIC, AIC, 30+ years in claims industry with leadership roles with large national insurance companies and third-party claims administrators. Currently leading Sedgwick’s WA WC colleagues.


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Harry Rhulen
CEO & Founder
CrisisRisk

A former public company CEO, and an attorney, Harry serves as a trusted advisor who brings critical decision support to many public company CEOs, school superintendents, and government officials.

Before founding Crisis Risk, and Firestorm Solutions, which he sold in 2017, Harry spent decades of his career in the insurance industry, serving as President of several insurance companies and insurance agencies, with United States and European operations.

Harry led several public offerings and conducted over thirty M&A transactions. As a board member of the American Insurance Association, Harry testified before Congress to expand the opportunities for financial services companies.

Harry has provided media training to public company CEOs, school superintendents, and many other business and government spokespersons, to ensure that “the way they talk about the crisis doesn’t become their next crisis.”

He serves as crisis manager to several schools in Colorado that have had school shootings, as well as numerous other crisis incidents. Harry brings unmatched hands-on crisis management expertise to the table- with a particular emphasis on crisis communications and media response.

Mr. Rhulen is also an industry adviser in the energy sector, and has served on the board of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute. Harry works with numerous energy companies in developing their crisis management, crisis communications and business continuity plans, and has responded to many crises, ranging from union strikes and workplace violence to carbon footprint reduction.

He has served on the boards of several profit and not-for-profit entities, receiving humanitarian awards for many of his efforts, including the “Quality of Human Life” Award from the American Red Cross.

He is a member of the ASIS Crisis Management & Business Continuity Council and a Board Advisory Services faculty member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

Harry is a regular presenter at national and regional corporate and education association conferences throughout the country, and co-author of Disaster Ready People For A Disaster Ready America.

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Lorin Seeks
Director of Quality and Compliance
Convoy
Lorin developed a passion for logistics and transportation as a Captain in the US Army Transportation Corps and never looked back. He has spent his career engaged in various supply chain focused roles for both carriers and shippers, to include leading the North American Transportation Operations team at Starbucks. Lorin holds an MBA and a MS in Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics from the University of Washington, where he continues to serve on the advisory board for the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center. He is currently the Director of Quality and Compliance at Convoy.
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Anne Shackelford
Vice President, Public Entity Specialty Group
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Anne joined the Alliant Insurance Services team in 2016. Her 19 years’ experience in a wide variety of business segments and a diverse skill set enables her to manage all aspects of a complex insurance program. Prior to joining Alliant, Anne worked for a global retail brokerage servicing a broad array of clients that included public entities, life science and technology companies, manufacturers, not-for-profit organizations, and real estate firms. Anne will focus on providing customized risk management and insurance solutions to clients throughout the public sector.

Anne entered the insurance profession in 1999 with two large national brokers, moved on to manage a smaller firm focused primarily on commercial real estate (all the while providing Account Executive Support) and then back to a large international firm to head their Small/Medium Enterprise Department.

Anne’s momentous growth from an Administrative Professional to a full-time insurance Producer demonstrates her commitment to the industry. She prides herself on maintaining very strong client relationships as well. Her insurance expertise ranges from marine, general liability, cyber, public officials’ liability, workers’ compensation to property and terrorism and active shooter/workplace violence.

Anne currently manages a diverse book of public entity business inclusive of Housing Authorities, Cities, Counties, States, Higher Education, Ports and Hospitals.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington. She is a licensed Property & Casualty retail broker in Washington, California among many other states. Outside of her work at Alliant, Anne enjoys spending time with friends and family, supporting her family-owned winery, traveling and raising two children with her husband in the great Northwest.

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Lynn Valenter
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations
WSU Vancouver

Lynn Valenter is Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations at WSU Vancouver. She has responsibility for the areas of budget and accounting, capital planning and development, dining services, facilities operations, human resource services, and public safety.

Valenter holds a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. She previously held resort industry management positions and was a faculty member at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Valenter began her career at WSU Vancouver as the facilities and auxiliary services manager in 1997. She was promoted to director of finance and operations in 1999, then to Vice Chancellor in 2005 and served as Interim Chancellor from 2010-2012.

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Dan Wilson
Cyber Risk Consultant
AIG

Dan Wilson is a Cyber Risk consultant with over 15 years of experience in IT Security. In his current role, Dan acts as a Subject Matter Expert on Cyber risks & solutions, acting as a technical resource for AIG underwriters, brokers and client. Dan is also responsible for partner & business/services development to help AIG clients improve their security posture & maturity.

Prior to joining AIG, Dan worked for IBM as the leader of the North American X-Force Cybersecurity assessment and response team. Dan’s practice was responsible for helping clients take a proactive approach towards preparing for and reducing the risks associated with Cybersecurity incidents. Dan’s teams provided services that included ethical hacking, application security assessments, and incident response planning, and IT forensics. Dan also has experience in malware defense, security policy development, and helping clients assess IT security programs and where improvements can be made and risks reduced.

Dan is currently a certified security consultant & certified CISO with a BS from Brigham Young University, Provo UT, in Computer Science & a Masters in Business Administration from Regis University, Denver CO.

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Erike Young
Chair
US Technical Advisory Group for ANSI/TC 262 ISO

Erike Young is the Risk Manager for the Public Agency Risk Sharing Authority of California (PARSAC). PARSAC is a statewide, risk sharing Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that provides comprehensive coverage to cities, towns and non-municipal public agencies through the state of California. PARSAC operates with an exclusive staff whose only focus is this organization and its members.

Erike joins PARSAC with over 20 years of risk and safety management experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining PARSAC, Erike served as Google’s Global Environmental Health and Safety Manager, supporting research and office operations in over 60 countries. Erike’s public entity experience includes over seven years with Bickmore Risk Services as a Senior Risk Control Consultant before joining the University of California, Office of the President as the systemwide Director of EHS. In addition to his risk and safety experience, Erike was elected to the El Dorado Union High School Board at the age of eighteen, and later was elected to the El Dorado County Board of Education and Rescue Union School District Board.

Erike currently serves as the Chair for the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO 31000 – Risk Management. He has served as the past president of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Sacramento Chapter and was elected to the ASSP Board of Directors of ASSP. In 2012, he was recognized as the ASSP Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year.

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Kara Wilson
Litigation and Product Counsel
Instacart

Kara C. Wilson is Litigation and Product Counsel for Instacart, a San Francisco-based technology company that provides a grocery-delivery platform. Kara oversees a wide variety of litigation and pre-litigation matters at the company, including worker classification, personal injury defense, as well as trademark and copyright enforcement.  She partners closely with the company's risk operations team to resolve claims and also advises members of the executive team and business groups on various domestic and international e-commerce issues, including compliance with consumer protection, privacy, alcohol and environmental regulations.

Before joining Instacart, Kara was a litigation associate at Cooley LLP's Palo Alto and New York offices, and was a member of the Firm's Commercial Litigation and White Collar & Regulatory Defense groups. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received her B.A. in English and psychology from Mills College.

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