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NAMIC Federal Advocates

Jimi Grande

Jimi Grande leads NAMIC's Washington D.C. office as senior vice president of federal and political affairs, overseeing all of the association's federal activities. He joined NAMIC in March of 2007.

Grande has spent more than 15 years working for and with top policymakers in Washington. He began his career as special assistant to former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. Grande came to NAMIC after serving as a political appointee in the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was a top liaison to Capitol Hill.

Grande entered politics after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Oswego in upstate NY. He currently resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife Buffy, daughter Georgia, and son Jimmy Jr.

NAMIC State Advocates (View the Region Map)

Neil Alldredge

Neil Alldredge, MA, serves as NAMIC's senior vice president of state and policy affairs. His primary responsibility is to direct state legislative and strategic state advocacy activities for all 50 states.

In addition, Alldredge represents NAMIC member companies at the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures; serves on the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and on the board of the Insurance Education Council.

Alldredge is also the lead representative on the credit-based insurance scoring issue for NAMIC member companies. He participated in the drafting of the NCOIL model law and has provided testimony to legislatures in several states and at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Before joining NAMIC, Alldredge spent five years with the Indiana state Senate, where he served in a dual role as director of planning and research and executive director of the Senate Majority Campaign Committee. He has bachelor's degrees in political science and communications and a master's degree in rhetoric from Ball State University.

Jon Bergner

Jonathan Bergner has been with NAMIC's federal affairs office in Washington D.C. for three years. Jon is involved in the full range of NAMIC's federal government relations activities with an emphasis on issue management and communications.

Bergner has spent time on both the House and Senate side of Capitol Hill and remains active in political campaigning. Before coming to NAMIC, Jon also gained experience in consulting, lobbying, and public affairs at two well-known Washington firms.

Bergner graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts in political theory and philosophy and has a masters degree from Georgetown University.

Erin Collins

Erin Collins, MPA, IOM, serves NAMIC as the Mid-Atlantic state affairs director. She advocates on behalf of NAMIC member companies in Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Prior to joining NAMIC, Collins worked as director of government affairs for the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She received a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Mary Baldwin College and her master's degree in public policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kristin Eichhorn

Kristin Eichhorn serves as NAMIC's Congressional Contact Program Director, overseeing all aspects of the program and working with NAMIC members to ensure CCP remains the industry's premier grassroots program.

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining NAMIC she worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service and as a teacher in a local Virginia school system.

Robert Detlefsen, Ph.D.

Robert Detlefsen, Ph.D., NAMIC's vice president of public policy, is responsible for public policy research and analysis, and coordination of the development of NAMIC's issue agenda and advocacy campaigns.

Prior to joining NAMIC in 2004, Detlefsen was vice president at Powell Tate, a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where he provided strategic communication counsel to clients involved in high-stakes, high-profile litigation. Before that, Detlefsen was affiliated with two non-profit research and advocacy organizations based in Washington, D.C., serving as director of insurance reform at Citizens for a Sound Economy and senior research follow in insurance studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Detlefsen's analyses and commentaries have appeared in scholarly journals, specialized insurance publications, and a variety of newspapers and magazines. He is a coauthor of The Future of Insurance Regulation (Brookings Press, 2009) and author of Civil Rights Under Reagan (ICS Press, 1991). He has testified on numerous occasions before state and federal legislative committees and regulatory bodies.

Detlefsen holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught courses in American government, constitutional law, and political theory at several colleges and universities.

John Hair

John Hair has been at NAMIC since October of 2013. He came to NAMIC after previously working on insurance issues for 7 years at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, where he served as director of government relations. He also previously worked at Carrying Capacity Network and at the Florida-based law firm Aylstock, Witkin & Sasser, PLC.

Hair’s father served the country for more than 21 years in the U.S. Army, and as a military brat Hair moved around a few times in his youth. Born in Louisiana, the family shortly thereafter moved to Korea for a year. He considers his home state Kentucky, having moved there by the time he was 4 years old. Just prior to high school his father was assigned to Germany, where he was able to travel much of Europe before going to college at the University of West Florida.

Julie Harrison

Julie Harrison serves as administrative assistant to NAMIC’s State and Policy Affairs department. She coordinates the department’s travel, itineraries, registrations and expenses in addition to calendar management.

Harrison previously worked on both the editorial and business side for CQ Roll Call in Washington, DC as well as served as executive assistant for a political media consulting firm in Chicago.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in leadership and policy studies from DePaul University.

Andrew Huff

Andrew Huff serves as NAMIC’s Federal Affairs Manager, supporting the federal affairs team in its advocacy before Congress and various regulatory bodies.

Huff joined NAMIC in February of 2015 following over five years in Washington, in which he spent time on the staffs of members of both the House and Senate and was a lobbyist for a trade association representing a sector of the financial services industry. Most recently, he was a professional staff member for the majority office of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.

Huff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Paula.

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston, JD, serves NAMIC as the Midwest state affairs director. He advocates on behalf of NAMIC member companies in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Before joining NAMIC in March 2008, Johnston worked as an attorney/lobbyist in Missouri, with an emphasis in insurance, health care, business, and civic issues; and for Wellpoint, Inc. prior to that. He also has experience as a law clerk for two judges early in his career.

Johnston holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri Columbia Law School.

Tom Karol

Tom Karol serves as General Counsel - Federal in NAMIC’s Washington office. Tom represents NAMIC in Washington on issues impacting property casualty insurance companies and has primary management of NAMIC’s response to Dodd-Frank legislation and regulation. Tom is also the Leader of NAMIC’s Investment Services Practice.

Tom has extensive legal, regulatory and operations experience with major financial services companies, law firms, regulatory agencies and Congress. Tom was a leader in Deloitte’s Global Financial Services practice, a supervisory principal for a broker dealer, with the S.E.C. Division of Enforcement and with the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and has a political science degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Kathryn, his son David and his daughter Julianne.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin, JD, serves as the Southwest state affairs director for NAMIC. He focuses his efforts on behalf of NAMIC members in Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

Martin began his legal career working for insurance defense law firms in Tennessee, first chairing a number of jury and non-jury trials. He spent 12 years as an attorney for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in a number of capacities, including lobbyist and legislative liaison.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Vanderbilt and a law degree from the University of Miami. Martin is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Florida, and Texas.

  Cate Paolino

Cate Paolino, MBA, JD, serves as NAMIC’s director of state affairs for the Northeast region. She represents NAMIC member company interests in New England, New Jersey, and New York.

Paolino comes to NAMIC from Travelers, where she worked in business insurance serving as senior counsel and second vice president, Regulatory Research and Compliance. She spent more than 10 years as senior counsel at the American Insurance Association. Her skill set includes legislative and regulatory analysis, legislative drafting including the drafting of model legislation, experience with commercial insurance issues and drafting and presenting testimony.

She holds an MBA from Suffolk University and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.

  Christian Rataj, JD

Christian J. Rataj, JD, serves NAMIC as the Western senior state affairs director. He advocates on behalf of NAMIC member companies in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Holding a juris doctorate degree from the University of Colorado School of Law, Rataj has extensive legal experience. Prior to joining NAMIC, he was a trial lawyer specializing in insurance subrogation and defense and civil litigation. He has also been a mediator and an adjunct professor of business law.

  Liz Reynolds

Liz Reynolds, CPCU, API, IOM, serves NAMIC as the Southeast state affairs director. She advocates on behalf of NAMIC member companies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Reynolds has a significant background in the insurance industry. Before joining the NAMIC staff, she was the director of public affairs for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. She held the positions of policyholder and legislative representative and corporate communications director for South Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance.

She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and the CPCU and API professional designations within the industry.

  Jonathan Rodgers

Jonathan Rodgers serves NAMIC as the Accounting Regulation Analyst. His responsibilities include representing member-company interests in the areas of statutory accounting and related financial regulation. He covers developments at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and monitors any new accounting standards or updates that effect U.S. GAAP.

Prior to joining the State and Policy Affairs department, Rodgers spent 7 years in the finance department at NAMIC serving as an accountant. His roles included preparing financial statements, developing budgets, and performing other various accounting functions.

Jonathan graduated from the Eastern Michigan University with a degree in accounting and is currently pursuing an MBA from Indiana University

  Michelle Rogers, JD

Michelle Rogers, JD, is the new Financial & Regulatory Director for NAMIC. She is responsible for financial and accounting public policy in federal and international forums and NAIC advocacy.

Michelle began her legal career at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in a number of capacities, including government relations counsel and transactional attorney. She worked for Marathon Petroleum Company and Daimler Chrysler as transactional counsel as well. Most recently she was employed at Nationwide Insurance for several years in both the legal and government relations departments.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree from University of Illinois. She is currently licensed to practice law in Illinois and Ohio.

  Sarah Schnettler

Sarah Schnettler, IOM, serves NAMIC as the project manager to the State and Policy Affairs department. She manages department logistics and coordinates NAMIC’s State of the States and 411 webinar series among many other duties.

Prior to joining NAMIC, Schnettler spent 10 years in the banking industry in Wisconsin and Indiana, serving both graphic design and marketing areas.

Schnettler graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a degree in communication and the arts and is currently pursuing an MBA from Anderson University.

  Paul Tetrault, JD

Paul Tetrault, JD, CPCU, state and policy affairs counsel, is responsible for regulatory issue management, legal analysis, and public policy development in support of NAMIC's State and Policy Affairs Department. He is part of NAMIC's team covering developments at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and serves as liaison to national legislative organizations on tort reform and civil justice matters.

Tetrault formerly served as Northeast state affairs manager for NAMIC for more than six years. Prior to joining NAMIC in 2005, Tetrault practiced law focusing on litigation defense and insurance coverage issues at a Boston-based firm. He also served for many years as editor of The Standard, New England's Insurance Weekly.

He is a graduate of Villanova University and Suffolk University Law School. He also holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation conferred by the American Institute for CPCU as well as the Associate in Risk Management and Associate in Management designation from the Insurance Institute of America. He is a member of the bar of Massachusetts and the United State Supreme Court.

  Joe Thesing

Joe Thesing is NAMIC's vice president of state affairs. He oversees the state legislative programs and works with the association's state affairs managers to advocate for NAMIC member companies on a state-by-state basis.

Thesing works with the NAIC and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators on high-priority insurance issues. He also advocates on behalf of Ohio members as their states' state affairs manager.

Prior to joining NAMIC, Thesing was deputy director of legislative services at the Ohio School Boards Association and was program director at the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Janet Reno.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Ohio University.

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 2:24:06 PM. Modified: Monday, November 09, 2015 11:55:44 AM.

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