Executive Committee 2020 - 2021


John Smith
President

Steve Marohn

Executive Vice President

Nick Abraham
Treasurer

Carrie Busic
Vice President

Patrick Kinney
Vice President

Dymphna Menendez
Secretary

Sarah Johnson
Alumni Representative

David Sommer
Faculty Representative

Sandy Tellefson
Industry Representative

Stacy Rodriguez
International Student Representative

Brooke Feldmeyer
International Student Representative

Grace Grant

Executive Director




Board of Trustees 2020 - 2021


Nick Abraham
Markel

James Barbuti
AIG

Ty Beba
AssuredPartners

Mike Boa
Casualty Actuarial Society

Barbara Bufkin

AmWins

Carrie Busic
Westfield Insurance

Valerie Cammiso
Griffith Educational Foundation

Ericka DeBruce
Sedgwick

Stephanie Dunstan

Arch Insurance Group

Jack Elliott
CRC Group

Andrew Evans
The Hanover Insurance Group

Brooke Feldmeyer

The Ohio State University

Lauren Fitzgibbon
Liberty Mutual

Julie Fritz
WSIA Education Foundation

Beth Gall

Society of Actuaries

Will Gilchrist

Risk Insurance Management Society

Dan Gowen

Assurex Global

Grace Grant

Gamma Iota Sigma

Wesley Griffiths
Travelers

Michael Hawkins

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Matt Heimstead

State Farm Insurance Company

Peter Hohman
Insurance Institute of Canada

William Hold
National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research

Joseph Izzo

Verisk

Samara Jaffe
HR Connect

Sarah Johnson

Travelers

Robin Joines
Sedgwick

Brady Kelley
WSIA

Sean Kevelighan
Insurance Information Institute

Patrick Kinney
Travelers

Marci Leveille

Chubb

Rich Marburg
AmWINS

Stephen Marohn
CNA

Mike Maurer

Accident Fund Insurance Company of America

Rob McDade
COUNTRY Financial

Dymphna Menendez

Arch Insurance Group

Susan Monahan

The Hartford

Kim Nicholl-Keane

CPCU Society

Stacy Rodriguez

University of North Texas

Bill Ross
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

Julia Ruiz

The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

Salvatore Sama
Swiss Re


Eric Smith
Nationwide

John Smith
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual

David Sommer
Beta Xi Chapter, St. Mary's University

Roc Starks

Bowling Green State University


Lynda Stevens
McGriff, Seibels & Williamson

Sandy Tellefson
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Jake Timmins
RT Specialty

Sabrina Timmins
CNA

Lauren Tredinnick

Munich Re

Kim Waller
Willis Towers Watson

Brenda Wells
East Carolina University

Paul Winston
Insurance Thought Leadership

Millie Workman
IRMI

Emeritus
Alan Hoffmann
Hoffman & Associates





Leadership

Staff Members

Gamma Iota Sigma

P.O. Box 1744
Powell, OH 43065

484.991.GIS1 (4471)

Grace%20Grant%20headshot_edited.jpg

Grace Grant

Executive Director 

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • gis-email
  • gis-phone

Grace joined GIS in 2013 and has served in multiple roles across the organization focusing on university engagement, chapter expansion, collaborative industry initiatives and organizational operations. She is responsible for the strategic direction of Gamma Iota Sigma and manages all governance related matters including the Board of Trustees and its committees. She previously held several roles at the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, working closely with universities across the country to implement insurance education programming for state and federal legislators. Grace earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Wittenberg University before pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership from Ashland University. She is an avid runner and sports fan, residing in Powell, OH with her husband and their five children. 

Alyssa headshot NEW 8-28-20.jpg

Alyssa Bouchard,

MBA, CPCU, ARM, ASLI

Vice President, Industry Engagement

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • gis-email
  • gis-phone

Alyssa joined GIS in 2018 following several years of volunteer leadership with the organization, including service on its Board of Trustees and national Alumni Council leadership team. She oversees industry relations, brand management, and partnership development for GIS. Prior to GIS, Alyssa held insurance industry roles in wholesale brokerage, association management and human resources. Alyssa holds a Business Administration degree in Risk Management & Insurance from Appalachian State University where she served as President of the GIS Rho Chapter and an MBA in Insurance from Olivet College. Alyssa lives in Charlotte, NC and outside of work enjoys hiking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her chihuahua.

Nikia Jefferson.jpg

Nikia Jefferson, MS

Vice President, University Relations & Member Services

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • gis-email
  • gis-phone

Nikia joined GIS in 2021 following many years working on-campus with undergraduate students. She brings a wealth of higher education experience, previously developing fraternity/sorority communities on university campuses throughout the United States. Nikia is responsible for managing relationships with university stakeholders, developing member services and enhancing chapter operations. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations from Penn State University. She continued on to complete a Masters of Science in Education, specializing in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Pennsylvania. Nikia lives in Philadelphia, PA, and enjoys both traveling and fitness.

Ashley Ganoe Headshot cropped.jpg

Ashley Ganoe, MA

Communications & Events Coordinator

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • gis-email
  • gis-phone

Ashley joined GIS in 2021 after 13 years of experience in higher education specifically in Greek life, Residence Life, Student Activities, Enrollment Management, Event Planning and Management, and Leadership functions. Ashley is responsible for coordinating communications with GIS stakeholders and GIS Grand Chapter events. Ashley obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Dance and a Masters Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Slippery Rock University. She lives in Butler, PA -  about an hour north of Pittsburgh - and enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, attending the Twins Days Festival with her identical twin sister, and planning events. 

Patten Headshot (002).jfif

Brandon Patten, MBA

Client Services Coordinator

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • gis-email
  • gis-phone

Brandon joined GIS in 2021 and brings a wealth of experience in higher education and the insurance industry. Brandon is responsible for supporting client services and industry partnerships. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Regis University. Brandon lives in Athens, GA and is an alumnus of the GIS Eta Chapter. In his spare time, Brandon likes spending time outdoors and is an avid hiker and trail biker. Having grown up on Lake Hartwell in Georgia, he also enjoys boating and other water activities. Another interest of his is community volunteerism in which he has offered his time assisting several local organizations.

ALUMNI

ALUMNI

STUDENT
MEMBERS

STUDENT
MEMBERS

OFFICERS/
ADVISORS

OFFICERS/
ADVISORS

INDUSTRY

INVOLVEMENT

INDUSTRY

INVOLVEMENT

INTERESTED
IN JOINING?

INTERESTED
IN JOINING?