Brian K. Atchinson is president and CEO of the MPL Association, the national association representing those members of the medical professional liability community who share a commitment to the quality delivery of healthcare and practice of medicine. MPL Association members insure two-thirds of America’s practicing physicians and dentists, more than 2,000 hospitals and many of the nation’s nurses and other allied health professionals.
Prior to joining the MPL Association, Mr. Atchinson served in various leadership roles in industry and state government, including Maine Superintendent of Insurance and president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In Maine, he also served as legal counsel for Susan Collins, Commissioner of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.
Mr. Atchinson has authored numerous articles, testified before Congress and served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences-Institute of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Milbank Memorial Fund, and the International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics. Earlier in his career, he worked in Europe where he was involved with the development of global marketing campaigns for the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, and the Commissioner’s Office of Major League Baseball. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Syracuse University Law School.
Pierre Campbell, MB CHB, is a registered and licensed medical practitioner based in London. After completing his Bachelor in Medical Science at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he proceeded to graduate with medical degree at the University of Manchester, England.
Dr. Campbell has worked in specialties allied to surgery in both the North West of England and in Sydney, Australia. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2005.
In 2007, he took up a post working at The Medical Defence Union. Initially working as a claims handler, he provided medico-legal advice and assistance to members involved in clinical negligence claims. His experience in dealing with a large and varied portfolio of cases across a number of different jurisdictions has allowed him to move to his current role as head of underwriting within the organization.
In 2014, he completed a Master’s in Business Administration degree at Imperial College, London.
Vanessa Contreras, CPCU, ARe is a vice president and Professional Liability Underwriter at SCOR Reinsurance in Chicago, IL. She is responsible for underwriting medical professional liability for physicians, surgeons, and allied healthcare facilities as well as non-medical lines of professional liability including directors and officers, lawyers professional liability, and miscellaneous E&O. Ms. Contreras began her career in reinsurance as a risk analyst and later a professional liability underwriter at Munich Re. Prior to Munich Re, she worked for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Illinois.
She holds Bachelors of Science degrees in finance and risk management & Insurance from The Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University. She holds her CPCU, ARe and is in the process of pursuing her RPLU designation. Ms. Contreras has served on The Re Under 40s Board for six years. She is also an active member of PLUS – Professional Liability Underwriting Society including the LAMP Program, the APIW – Association of Professional Insurance Women, The CPCU Society, and in 2015 she was named to the Intelligent Insurer’s list of 40 Rising Stars Under 35.
Clark Gaither, MD, FAAFP is a family physician, Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and currently serves as the medical director of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP). He is the author of four books, his latest on professional job related burnout entitled REIGNITE. He is also an accomplished blogger, keynote speaker, corporate consultant, and personal life coach. In 2002, he was named Family Physician of the Year by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and in December of 2016 he received his home state’s highest honor for community service, North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He is a leading expert in the identification, mitigation, alleviation, elimination, and prevention of professional job-related burnout.
Sharon K. Gilmore
Sharon K. Gilmore, MHA, BSN, RN-BC has more than 30 years of healthcare and administrative experience with more than 20 of those focused on program development, process improvement, quality management, and patient safety. She is a registered nurse with a background in medical technology, cardiac and obstetrical critical care, and ambulatory nursing.
Prior to joining Coverys, Ms. Gilmore was director of risk management and quality for an integrated health system. In this role, she was responsible for the overall risk management and patient safety program, loss control and risk financing, claims administration, contract review and patient relations, quality and accreditation activities, and served as a liaison with insurance and regulatory representatives. She previously served as a quality clinical consultant for a national healthcare insurance provider. She has successfully developed and implemented disease management and medical home model programs.
Ms. Gilmore is skilled in using the Six Sigma Lean process, implementing the GE Change Acceleration Process, and assisting entities to implement medical home models and become a high reliability organization. As a Master TeamSTEPPS and Just Culture trainer, she supports large and small healthcare organizations in their journey to improve team care and secure a culture of safety. She holds a Master of Science degree in health administration from the University of California and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and psychology from the University of New Mexico. She holds a certification in Professional Heathcare Risk Management (CPHRM), as well as board certification as a Nurse Executive (NEA-BC) and Ambulatory Care Nurse (RN-BC).
Richard T. Henderson
Richard T. Henderson, CPCU, ARM, AIC is senior vice president within the medical malpractice claims unit at TransRe. He has more than 30 years of medical professional liability experience, with both direct claim handling as well as reinsurance, spanning virtually all aspects of the healthcare liability field in all states. Mr. Henderson has extensive experience working with both physician and hospital insurers. In addition to claims management responsibilities, he is also active in the identification and development of loss prevention/risk reduction theories relative to medical liability matters.
Cory B. Johnson, ACAS, MAAA
Cory B. Johnson, ACAS, MAAA is an experienced, analytically minded, insurance professional with a demonstrated history of establishing and nurturing relationships. He is skilled in Actuarial Science, Risk Management, Financial Analysis, and Property & Casualty Insurance. He has a strong educational background as exhibited by ACAS credentials and Bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences from University of California at San Diego.
James D. Hurley
James D. Hurley, ACAS, MAAA is a consulting actuary with Willis Towers Watson in its Atlanta office. He is an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He holds a BS in actuarial science from The College of Insurance in New York City, having participated in its five-year work-study program. Mr. Hurley’s approximately 30 years of consulting experience in the insurance industry has been primarily focused on medical professional liability issues. Mr. Hurley is a former chairperson and member of the AAA subcommittee on medical professional liability and has testified in front of committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as the state legislative bodies. He has also served as a member of the AAA Property/Casualty Risk Based Capital Working Group.
Benjamin J. McKay
Benjamin J. McKay, JD, MPA joined the Surplus Line Association of California in 2012 after a career in both the private and public sector. Most recently, Mr. McKay spent eight years with the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) as its Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations. In that role, he was named one of Washington D.C.’s top lobbyists five times by The Hill, one of the city’s leading political newspapers. Prior to his time at PCI, he served as Chief of Staff to a member of United States Congress in Washington, D.C., and worked on financial services and international relations issues.
Other career highlights include eight years as staff to members of the Florida legislature, where he worked on insurance, economic development, banking, criminal justice, and other important issues. He served a tour as a regulator at the Florida Department of State, where he held the position of Deputy Secretary for International and Legislative Affairs. Later, he served as the youngest Chief of Staff in the history of the 750-employee department. Mr. McKay received his Juris Doctor from Catholic University, his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.
Daniel Mogelnicki is an experienced insurance industry executive having built and managed underwriting firms and divisions. Currently heading up a division of Tokio Marine HCC Professional Lines Group, his previous experience encompasses both the MGA and insurance company segments of the business. Having spent 25 years at NIF Group, Inc., Mr. Mogelnicki developed and led significant underwriting program platforms, including medical malpractice and social services, on both an admitted and non-admitted basis. At NIF he also developed the largest wholesale branch of the company. His successes include a track record of uninterrupted operational and underwriting profit. Previous to NIF, he was underwriting supervisor for the New York Branch of Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company.
Brianna Nordaune, CPCU, ARe is senior vice president at Guy Carpenter Re, based in the Minneapolis office. Ms. Nordaune joined Guy Carpenter in April of 2019 following the acquisition of JLT Re. Throughout her reinsurance career, Ms. Nordaune has focused on the production and placement of comprehensive reinsurance programs, earlier focusing on all lines of property and casualty business, most recently with an emphasis on the medical professional liability (MPL) marketplace.
Prior to JLT Re, she was with StoneHill Reinsurance, a reinsurance intermediary specializing in MPL. She also spent two years as a financial representative with the Principal Financial Group. Ms. Nordaune began her reinsurance career in 2005 with Guy Carpenter, LLC as a risk analyst. She spent roughly six years as a broker for a variety of accounts, including property, casualty, workers’ compensation, and non-standard auto.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in financial management from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also holds her CPCU and ARe professional designations.
Dee Dee Owens
Dee Dee Owens is a partner in KPMG’s Los Angeles office with more than 17 years of experience serving clients across the full spectrum of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC), including internal audit (both IT and operational), risk assessments, system development governance and quality assurance, financial statement attestation support, third party reporting and privacy and security.
Ms. Owens started her career in finance and accounting operational roles, including general accounting and financial reporting, inventory control and accounts payable. She transitioned into information technology by leading ERP implementation teams, with a focus on finance and security and controls work streams, including business process redesign. Her experience in operational and technology roles allow her to discuss information technology risks with a focus on business impact.
She focuses on helping her clients implement processes, systems, and controls with a focus on quality and governance.
Susan L. Penney
Susan L. Penney, JD is the executive director of Risk Management for the UCSF clinical enterprise, including multiple sites and a newly acquired separate hospital. She also spent seven years as legal counsel for the California Medical Association where she advised in several areas from professional liability to ethics and authored 14 chapters of California’s California Physician Legal Handbook. Prior to joining CMA in 1999, Ms. Penney represented physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare professionals for more than 15 years as a partner in a private law firm in San Francisco.
April Rubin, MD was raised in New York, graduated from the University of Rochester and St. Louis University Medical School. She has been passionate about women’s health since college. Following internship and residency training at the University of Chicago, she practiced obstetrics and gynecology on Capitol Hill from 1982 – 2018. She now confines her medical practice to neonatal circumcisions. She is recognized as an expert in menopause and perimenopause (including alternative therapies) and adolescent gynecology, having lectured and written often on these topics. She is the founder of the Center for Adolescent Women at Washington Hospital Center. She is a member of the Claims and Underwriting Committee as well as Chair of the CME Committee of ProAssurance.
Marc B. Scher
Marc B. Scher is an audit partner in San Francisco leading the company’s U.S and Global Audit Healthcare practices. He has more than 35 years of experience focusing on large health systems, hospitals, biotech organizations, payors, healthcare purchasing cooperatives, medical research, long term care providers, and other healthcare service providers.
Mr. Scher has extensive experience providing advice and counsel in areas of audits, financial reporting, and tax exempt financings. Core strengths and accomplishments include: Serving as an SEC reviewing partner; serving as a national instructor for KPMG healthcare professional development courses; and having served a rotation in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice.
Charmy Shrode, CIC is the vice president of Underwriting for SVMIC where she has served since 1997. Ms. Shrode serves on the MPL Association Underwriting Section and previously served on the Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Mr. Sison is a senior associate in KPMG’s Sacramento Advisory Services practice. Joining KPMG in October of 2005, he has worked on various assignments dealing with the public and private sector, higher education, and public transportation. His work has focused on various types of audits and attestations which include Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS 70) Reviews, internal process reviews, performance audits, agreed upon procedures, contract compliance reviews, testing of quarterly business processes, performing Information Technology Control Testing for External Audit, indirect cost rate allocation, and project close out reviews
Ryan Ward, BSc is the senior class underwriter and deputy head of US Casualty Treaty for Chaucer’s Syndicate 1084 at Lloyd’s where he manages an extensive portfolio of long-tail reinsurance business with particular specialism in medical professional liability and workers compensation risk. Prior to joining Chaucer in 2013 he was at Aspen Re for a decade where he was responsible for the company’s North American Casualty reinsurance department. Mr. Ward is the current chairman of the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA) committee for North American Casualty treaty and is also a member of the LMA’s Non-Marine committee. He began his reinsurance career as a broker at Aon Re in London. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and actuarial studies from the University of Southampton.
Lisa Wychgram, MS is the assistant vice president of Claims for the Doctors Company Northeast Region. Before joining The Doctors Company in 1997, Ms. Wychgram provided Claims and Risk Management expertise to a multi-specialty medical center, hospital, and MPL Association companies.
Ms. Wychgram also analyzed risk and claim exposure for hospitals and large physician group practices for the Underwriter’s at Lloyds. Lisa specializes in complex large account management on a regional and national level.
Ms. Wychgram holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Risk Management from the Chicago Medical School, University of Health Sciences.
Joe R. Zorola
Joe R. Zorola, CPCU, chief underwriting officer, oversees underwriting function across the Coverys enterprise, leading underwriting strategy and execution. Mr. Zorola has been a member of the Coverys team since 1986, serving as vice president of underwriting, director, and senior manager of underwriting. He is a member of the governing committee of the Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Reinsurance Plan and a board member of AMPI RRG, LLC. Mr. Zorola is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and is a licensed Massachusetts Property and Casualty producer. He is a graduate of Brown University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in mathematics.