Our Committees

CIWA is proud to have the tremendous support of our volunteer committees. Each committee contributes to the overall success of CIWA and works hard to deliver more value to our members.

If you would like to learn more about CIWA committees, please contact any committee member listed below or contact CIWA Headquarters via our contact form.


Mission: To perpetuate the advocacy of California Wholesale Insurance Professionals through its legislative efforts working closely with our legislative liaison, John Norwood.

Paul Laufer
Gorst & Compass
(818) 507-0900  |  Email

Tim Chaix, R.E. Chaix & Associates
Hank Haldeman, Amwins
Rupert Hall, M.J. Hall & Company


Mission: To provide CIWA members with timely, relevant and critical educational information through multi-channel efforts (CIWA Events, CIWA website, etc.). Further, the committee will find new and engaging ways to enhance our education offerings and bring additional value to CIWA members and member companies.

Key areas of focus
To ensure the most relevant topics and speakers are in place for our two annual conferences and to expand our educational offerings and value for all CIWA members.

John Donahue
M.J. Hall and Company
(415) 848-8224  |  Email

Kristi Dean, Stone Dean Law
Peter Schifrin, SGD, Inc.

CIWA Future

Mission: To connect insurance professionals under 40 and to provide a regional forum for communicating with young professionals in the industry. This is a new committee that we feel is critical to the future of CIWA and can provide great benefit to our members by connecting them with young talent. This committee will also assist in partnering with California-based RMI programs to connect and place young talent in the California wholesale community.

Andrea House
(480) 306-8309  |  Email

Becky Tucker, XPT Specialty
Briana Ortega, Western World
Devon Borisoff, Monarch E&S
Katy Kelly, Talage Insurance
Kenny Ogden, IFG Companies
Jonathan Maloney, Talage Insurance
Matt Abram, Risk Placement Services
Mike Donahue, MJ Hall & Company
Morgan Baitz, Ck Specialty
Nolan Reilly, Vela Insurance Services
Patrick Riddell, Nationwide
Spencer Borisoff, Monarch E&S
Zach Hernandez, XPT Specialty


Mission: To advocate for membership of the California Wholesalers Insurance Association. Main responsibilities include creating and researching new ways to bring value to existing members as well as ways to bring new members into CIWA.

Key areas of focus
To not only seek new membership, but stay in tune and anticipate what existing members need. Additionally, the Membership Committee will work with the communications committee to market and communicate about CIWA’s two annual events and grow our attendance with potential and existing members.

Caleb Whitehouse
Scottish American
(714) 929-7070 |  Email

Emil Moskowitz, Cal Inspection
John Mundelius, Union General
Mark Kaufman, XPT Specialty
David Klayman, Seneca Insurance Company


Mission: To keep wholesale insurance professionals aware of CIWA, its mission, vision and goals.

Key areas of focus
To communicate the benefits of CIWA and keep our members up-to-date on topics and legislation impacting our industry. Further, the communications committee will raise awareness and promote CIWA events, training, and educational opportunities through multiple channels.

Stephanie Fanelli
R.E. Chaix & Associates
949-722-4177 Ext. 229 |  Email

Grainne Bohan, UFG
Sarah Sloan, Atlas General Insurance


Mission: To plan and execute educational and enjoyable events that foster growth and networking within the CIWA community.

Key areas of focus
Industry Days and Summer Forum event planning and coordination.

Kristen Nevins, CDMP
Direct Connection Advertising & Marketing
(800) 445-2150 |  Email

Emil Moskowitz, Cal Inspection Bureau
John Donahue, MJ Hall
Stephanie Fanelli, RE Chaix
Yana Connors, Ck Specialty

CIWA is one of those rare associations that brings business and personal relationships together. It is large enough to be a voice in our state with business owners and legislators and small enough to hear each member’s voice. Meetings with our business partners are not akin to speed dating, there is time to truly listen and be listened too. Sierra Specialty is proud to be a member.”

Kathy Schroeder

President, Sierra Specialty