2018 Officers & Directors

If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Chicago Chapter as a Committe Member or joining the Board of Directors, please email the chapter at ChicagoCPCU@gmail.com.

Director

Kathryn Breaux

CPCU, AIC

Contact: kathryn.breaux@zurichna.com

Kathryn Breaux is a Property Underwriter in Zurich’s Commercial Insurance Division. She has 13 years of industry experience in Property Underwriting, Claims Technical Training and Property Catastrophe Claims.  Kathryn received her CPCU in 2009 and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Chicago CPCU Society Chapter in Spring of 2014.  She has served as Treasurer, President-Elect and most recently as President. Kathryn graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Business & Administration with a focuses on Risk Management & Insurance.

Director

Dustin Adams

CPCU

Contact: dustin.adams@zurichna.com

Dustin became involved with the board of the Chicago chapter of the CPCU Society as a Candidate Member shortly after starting his CPCU journey in late 2013.  He received his CPCU designation in 2015, remaining active within the chapter’s leadership and holding various board positions up to the present.  Dustin currently works as a Reinsurance Financial Manager at Zurich, where he manages a team of analysts involved in the reinsurance accounting lifecycle.  Prior to joining Zurich in 2015, Dustin accrued over 10 years of insurance, reinsurance and underwriting experience at Assurant (formerly TWG) and Navigant Consulting.

Director

Matthew Philip

CPCU

Contact: mphilip@chubb.com

Matthew is currently a Regional Underwriting Manager for the Personal Risk Services division of Chubb LTD. He has over 15 years of insurance experience in Personal Lines Insurance in various roles including over 5 years as an agent/broker.Matthew obtained his CPCU designation at the end of 2015.  After attending a few chapter networking events he joined the board as a director for 2017 and also has served as Vice President of the Chapter. 

Director

Maria Marasso

CPCU

Contact: maria.marasso@starrcompanies.com

Maria is currently a Senior Underwriter at Starr Companies specializing in Management Liability lines. She has over 9 years of industry experience in both underwriting and claims. Maria obtained her CPCU designation in 2016. She joined the CPCU society and was elected to the board of directors as Secretary in 2017. Maria graduated from Fordham University with a bachelors degree in biology.

Director

Gina Letizia

CPCU

Contact: gina.letizia@rlicorp.com

RLI Insurance Company

Director

Christine Dickenson

CPCU

Contact: cdickenson@sompo-intl.com

Currently Executive Underwriter at Sompo International, specializing in Security & Privacy, Miscellaneous E&O, Architects & Engineers E&O and Insurance Agents and Brokers E&O. Prior to joining Endurance in 2015, Christine was a Senior Underwriter at Zurich for D&O and E&O coverages for Financial Institutions from 2010-2015. From 2007 – 2010, Christine was a licensed broker is the state of Washington, specializing in both P&C and Professional/D&O coverages for marine and maritime clients. She has been active with the Chicago CPCU board member since 2013. 

Director

Cedric Williams

CPCU

Contact: cedwilliams@deloitte.com

Cedric Williams is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Actuarial & Insurance Solutions practice. Cedric has 17 years of actuarial and analytics consulting experience helping his clients understand and quantify costs related to property casualty insurance exposure.  Cedric received his CPCU and the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation in 2014 and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Chicago CPCU Society Chapter in 2015.  He received his B.S. in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S. in Insurance Management from Boston University.

Director

Gillian Gunnink

CPCU

Contact: gillian.gunnink@cna.com

Gillian Gunnink is currently Vice President, Global and Large Complex Services, driving support of Property, Casualty, and International strategies, initiatives, and priorities. She has held underwriting roles in the international arena as well as the property line of business and predictive modeling areas for over 13 years in the industry. Gillian received her CPCU in 2015 and became involved in the Chicago CPCU Society Chapter late in 2017.  She graduated from North Central College with a degree in International Business and German and is currently attending the Women’s Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management.

Director

Felipe Cuartas

CPCU

Contact: felipe_cuartas@ajg.com

Felipe Jose Cuartas is a bilingual commercial insurance Account Executive at Gallagher creating tailored and cost effective insurance risk management programs. He is responsible for advising his clients on how to protect their employees, and their balance sheet, from exposures through creative risk financing and risk transfer.  He earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) professional designations.  Cuartas attended Washington University in St. Louis double majoring in Finance and Philosophy.