Los Angeles CPCU Society Leadership


Niels Espinoza

Niels Espinoza, CPCU, ARM has 15 years of experience in the insurance industry, particularly in commercial retail brokerage. He is currently an Assistant Vice President at Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. where he specializes in construction broking and risk management. Niels began his career at Lockton, and served as risk manager for a real estate investment advisory for five years prior to returning to the construction insurance arena with Aon and Alliant.  He received his CPCU in 2015 and is the chair of the LA Chapter Governance Committee. 

President-Elect & Webmaster

Jeff Garrick

Jeff Garrick, CPCU is a VP, Senior Underwriter at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Jeff handles single carrier and shared & layered national sized property accounts. He received his CPCU in 2012 and is currently the President-Elect and Webmaster for the LA Chapter. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Jeff was a property underwriter at Liberty Mutual for 10 years.

Vice President

Clark S. Sheffield, CPCU is currently a Senior Underwriter at Seneca Insurance Company where he specializes in middle market commercial P&C package underwriting. Clark received his CPCU in 2013 and has over 10 years of experience in the insurance industry working in both commercial lines and personal lines. Prior to joining Seneca, Clark was an underwriter at United States Liability Insurance Group and a manager at Amica Mutual Insurance Company.

Immediate Past President

George Wallace

George M. Wallace, JD, CPCU is a partner in Wallace, Brown & Schwartz in Pasadena, CA, whose practice concentrates on property-casualty insurance coverage issues, defense of professional liability cases civil appellate matters, and general business litigation. He is past president of the CPCU Society’s San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles Chapters, and past chair of the CLEW Interest Group committee.


Therese Barkate

Therese Barkate, CPCU is an Account Executive Officer at Travelers Ins, where she currently underwrites Management & Professional Liability insurance.  Prior to joining Travelers she worked at Chubb & Sons, Royal & SunAlliance and the Aetna.   Therese has over 30 years of underwriting and claims experience in the insurance industry and earned her CPCU in 1997.


Patricia Dillon

Patricia Dillon, MBA, CPCU, ARM, RIMS-CRMP, is a Senior Client Advisor in Marsh’s Los Angeles Multinational Client Services (MCS) group. She is responsible for driving value for multinational clients in various industries including technology, manufacturing, lodging, and higher education. Prior to joining Marsh, Patricia was Director, Global Risk Finance & Insurance at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. She joined Starwood in 2000 and during her tenure, led the development, management, and optimization of Starwood’s US and global risk financing strategies, OCIP insurance programs, surety, and property and casualty risk transfer programs.


Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham, CPCU, ARe is Chief Financial Officer at The Sullivan Group. Paul received his CPCU designation in 2009 and began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, spending 10 years in the Insurance Services practice. Paul then served as Director of Finance for an Excess & Surplus subsidiary of CIGNA Corporation, and as Finance Director and Controller in the Information Technology industry.Paul led the CPCU Society Los Angeles Chapter as its President in 2015, and previously served as the Chapter’s Treasurer and Vice President as well. 


Kate Fuchs

Kate Fuchs, MBA, CPCU, FLMI is an AVP at Allied World Assurance Company in the General Casualty Division. Prior to joining AWAC, she worked at CNA and Liberty Mutual (both in Chicago) and at CoverX (in Los Angeles). Kate received her CPCU in 2009, and became Secretary of the Chicago CPCU Chapter in 2010. She moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and has held various roles in the CPCU Chapter here.  Kate is also actively involved in the Surplus Lines Association of California and has held a committee position since 2013.


Wes Kwon

Wes Kwon, JD, CPCU, AU is the CEO at Far East Insurance Marketing since 2010.  Wes received his CPCU designation in 2003.  Wes operated a retail independent insurance brokerage for fifteen year as a principal prior to starting Far East, a wholesale commercial risk operation.  


Cedric Nellum

Cedric M. Nellum, CPCU is a Field Underwriter for Deans & Homers Insurance Managing Underwriters. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Economics. He has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and earned his CPCU designation in 1996. Led the CPCU Los Angeles Chapter as its President in 2013 and 2014 and served as Vice President, Treasurer and  various other positions over the years. Cedric is actively involved in other organizations to educate the future generation of the opportunities in the insurance industry.

Director & New Designee Chairperson

Regina Corson

Regina Corson, CPCU, ASLI, AU is the Manager of the Property Brokerage Underwriting Unit in Los Angeles for General Star - A Berkshire Hathaway Company. Prior to joining General Star she held various positions at The Hartford in both the Life & Health Claim and Property & Inland Marine Underwriting Divisions. Regina received her CPCU designation and joined the Los Angeles Chapter CPCU Society in 2014. Regina was the chapter's Secretary in 2015. Prior to her volunteer work with CPCU, she was President and a Board Member of the California Insurance Professionals (CAIP).


Tessa M. Lucero

Tessa M. Lucero, CPCU is a Marine Client Advisor at Marsh & McLennan. She joined the insurance industry in 1985 and earned her CPCU designation in 1989; she also holds the ARe, AIT, AMIM, AIAF, and AINS designations. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter since 1989 and served on the board from 1999 to 2013. She leads CPCU courses live for the Insurance Educational Association and online for The Institutes. Prior to joining Marsh in 1998 Tessa was with the Sullivan Companies for 13 years.