Corporate Governance Program | Faculty

We are proud of our professional faculty who are subject-matter experts in his/her respective field. Our faculty members study company practices and progressive boards to bring the greatest depth of knowledge to your program. We only recommend faculty members who have been tried and tested in NAMIC programs with a variety of audiences but board room experience is a must. NAMIC’s faculty includes:

Kevin M. Kinross
Kevin M. KinrossKevin Kinross in an attorney with Bricker & Eckler LLP, practicing in its Business, Tax & Estates and Counsel for Boards & Executives Practice Groups. In this capacity, he serves as counsel to boards, publicly and privately-held companies, mutual insurance companies, and tax-exempt entities, focusing on:

  • Governing board and executive officer governance and control;
  • Governing board structure and organization;
  • Corporate structure and organization;
  • Mergers and acquisitions;
  • Board Evaluations;
  • Board Succession Planning;
  • Reporting and disclosing of defects of internal controls, violations of law, breaches of fiduciary duty, and illegal activities;
  • Public reporting and disclosure responsibilities; and
  • D&O insurance, indemnification and other protection against board and executive liability.

Kevin also regularly assists clients with audits of governance practices and board training. He is the co-editor of the Acredula newsletter and editor of the Acredula Corporate Governance Blog (, both of which provide information of interest to governing boards and executive officers.

Kevin has been recognized by SuperLawyers magazine as a Rising Star in Corporate Governance and has authored numerous articles on corporate governance topics for Acredula, The Corporate Board, Mid-West In house, Lexis Nexus Corporate Governance Report, Law 360, as well as other publications and periodicals.

Neil Alldredge
Neil AlldredgeNeil Alldredge serves as the Senior Vice President – State & Policy Affairs, leading NAMIC’s state and policy affairs division. Neil’s primary responsibility is to direct state legislative and strategic state advocacy activities for NAMIC for all 50 states.

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

Neil is also the lead representative on the 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 NAIC.

Before joining NAMIC, Neil 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.

Neil has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and also in communications and a Master’s degree in rhetoric from Ball State University.

Gary D. Myers, CPCU, ARe
Gary D. Myers, CPCU, AReGary D. Myers is a familiar figure to many in the property/casualty insurance industry. Starting out as an independent agent over 36 years ago, he progressed through various company ranks to recently retire from active service at Shelter Mutual Insurance Company. Holding executive positions at Employers Reinsurance Corporation from 1980 to 2001 and Shelter from 2001 to 2009, he has overseen operations in reinsurance, underwriting, marketing, and customer communications, to name just a few. During these times, these companies experienced exponential success. In November 2009, Gary was named as President/CEO of Cameron Mutual Insurance Company.

Gary has supplemented his corporate experience and success through association membership. He is a member of the Society of CPCU, holds CPCU and ARe designations from the Insurance Institute of America, and is an active member of NAMIC. He has served on various NAMIC boards and committees beginning in 1996, and most recently served as director for the PC Conference Board. For five years, he served as an active member of the advisory committee for the American Institutes’ Associate in Reinsurance exam series.

Paula Cope
Paula CopePaula Cope is president & CEO of Cope & Associates, Inc., a management consulting & training firm based in Burlington, Vermont since 1991. Paula is a consultant, facilitator, and trainer specializing in management and organizational development; succession planning; strategic planning, and project management. Since 1980, Paula has developed and presented a wide variety of programs including: succession planning; communications; process redesign, and managing change. She has led numerous teams in the completion of organizational assessments and survey research. Some of her clients include: Swarovski, Burton Snowboards, The Vermont Captive Insurance Association, the State of Vermont, and My WebGrocer.

Paula earned two degrees from the University of Vermont, a Master of Education in Organization and Human Resources Development and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She is a licensed instructor for Stuart Atkins, Inc. in LIFO (process communications and stress management). She also attended the Harvard Business School’s executive management program, “Making Corporate Boards More Effective.”

Over the past 30 years, Paula has presented professional papers nationally, is a published author in health care, has chaired several statewide conferences on succession planning, economic development, and health care. Her firm is currently developing stakeholder outreach, engagement, and training for Vermont’s Health Benefit Exchange. In 2012, Paula received the highest award from the University of Vermont, the Distinguished Service Award. In 2005, Paula was named Small Business Woman of the Year by the Small Business Administration. Since 2007, Paula has been a faculty member for NAMIC’s Board of Director’s Boot Camp teaching succession planning and has been a speaker at several of their conferences. In 2008, Paula was elected to the Board of Northeast Delta Dental as a Vermont Trustee.

James J. Kennedy
James J. KennedyJim Kennedy is an experienced property/casualty insurance veteran with a proven track record of leading teams to success. Jim’s background includes more 43 years in the property/casualty insurance business, working with companies of many styles as well as spending time as an independent agent. His accomplishments include expanding operations geographically, implementing new automation systems, executing successful acquisitions, developing long-term corporate strategy, expanding into new states, building a sustainable positive culture, and creating an underwriting profit mentality.

Most recently, Jim served as president and CEO of the Ohio Mutual Insurance Group for 13 years before retiring at the end of 2015. During those 13 years, Jim led OMIG – A. M. Best-rated FSR of “A” stable and ICR of “a+” stable with $213 million premium – to underwriting profit in 11 of 13 years and a combined under 100 percent in 10 of 13 years. Jim served on the board of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies for eight years, culminating in serving in the role as board chair in 2012.

Jeff Rieder
Paul Gavejian Jeff Rieder is partner and head of Ward Group, a management consulting and research firm specializing in the insurance industry. He has overall leadership and responsibility for the firm. Jeff has significant experience in the insurance industry, with expertise in the property/casualty and life segments. Throughout his 20-year career, he has been involved with more than 400 projects for numerous domestic and international insurance companies, covering a diverse range of technology, performance, and operational evaluations. In 2011, Jeff led the sale of Ward Group to Aon; he now leads Aon’s global performance benchmarking practice for insurance and the U.S. insurance compensation practice. Prior to joining Ward Group in 1998, Jeff spent five years at Great American Insurance Company, working in the corporate finance departments.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an International Business Certification from the University of Cincinnati. He is a certified public accountant and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.


Gregg Dykstra, J.D.
Gregg Dykstra, J.D.Gregg Dykstra is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for NAMIC. He has been with the association since 1997 and his areas of responsibility presently include association legal matters and oversight of the departments of human resources, information/technology and accounting/finance.

Gregg was staff liaison to the Mutual Insurance Task Force on Corporate Governance and is the author of three publications dealing with mutual governance issues: a NAMIC White Paper – Meeting Challenges and Exceeding Expectations in Corporate Governance; a two Governance Resource Papers – Financial Literacy and Mutual Insurance Company Proxy Practice. He is currently the principal contributor to the NAMIC Online Corporate Governance Resource Center.

Gregg has spoken numerous times on the subject of governance, including presentations at the NAMIC annual convention, the CAMIC national convention, and various state/provincial association conventions. He has also provided several individual company board sessions or retreat presentations on the subject of corporate governance.


Kristen Spriggs
Senior Vice President - Member Development



Susan Morgan
Project Coordinator