Los Angeles CPCU Society Leadership


Jeff Garrick

Jeff Garrick, CPCU is a VP, Senior Underwriter at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Jeff handles national sized single carrier and shared & layered property accounts. He received his CPCU in 2012 and is currently the President of the LA Chapter. He held the role of Chapter Webmaster for the previous 3 years. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Jeff was a property underwriter at Liberty Mutual for 10 years.


Clark Sheffield

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

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. 

Vice President

Aileen Chea

Aileen Chea, CPCU, ARM is an Account Manager at Lockton, where she specializes in commercial P&C lines for healthcare accounts. She began her career in the commercial insurance industry with Arch in 2015 where she assisted in business development, and eventually moved into the insurance side as an underwriter. She transitioned into retail broking with Lockton in late 2018.


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.


Alexis Montgomery

Alexis Montgomery, CPCU, CIC is a Client Manager at Willis Towers Watson. She began her career as a Risk Management Analyst in WTW’s graduate development program after graduating from the University of Southern California. Alexis has 5 years’ experience in commercial P&C lines for Middle Market and Large & Complex accounts. She received her CPCU in May 2019.


Robyn Roesner

Robyn Roesner, JD, CPCU, AAI, CRIS is an Area Executive Vice President at Gallagher.  Her areas of specialty include consultative risk management support for nonprofit social service organizations, nonprofit affordable housing organizations, as well as construction and redevelopment risk.  Robyn has nearly 20 years industry experience, and completed her CPCU designation in 2018.  In addition to serving on the CPCU Los Angeles Chapter Board, she has volunteered as a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and has previously held several Board positions with the Junior League of Pasadena, including Board President for 2015-2016.


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.


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.