Committees

Maximize your membership investment

Maximize your membership investment and get involved with one of our committees! There are plenty of opportunities to get involved.  We welcome new volunteers and new ideas.  If the committee you’d like to serve on isn’t listed, make suggestions for new committees.

The Accreditation & Ethics Committee works in cooperation with the Education Committee to design or update curriculum for the AIE®, CIE®, and CICSR® professional designations. They are responsible for reviewing, updating and implementing a code of professional standards and ethics for IRES members and investigate any allegations of violations of this code. This committee also designs and implements the mandatory continuing education program for members holding IRES professional designations.

If you are a strong supporter of the Society’s designation program and want to work to enhance its reputation and maintain its integrity, this may be the committee for you.

Subcommittees

CE Audit
Responsible for conducting the annual audit of continuing education (CE) credits of members that hold an IRES designation.

CE Certification Distribution
Responsible for proactively updating the AIE®, CIE®, and CICSR® curriculum and continuing education (CE) requirements to stay current with latest insurance trends and attract new IRES members.

Curriculum
Responsible for proactively updating the AIE®, CIE®, and CICSR® curriculum and continuing education requirements to stay current with latest insurance trends and attract new IRES members.

Committee Chairs

Chair

Lisa Brandt, AIE, CICSR, AMCM
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Vice Chair

Jo LeDuc, CIE, MCM
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance


Subcommittee Chairs

CE Audit

Sue Ezalarab, CIE, MCM
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

CE Certificate Distribution

Jo LeDuc, CIE, MCM
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Curriculum

Gina Abate, MCM
North Carolina Department of Insurance

The Budget & Finance Committee’s role is to maintain the financial solvency of IRES by facilitating effective financial operations. In addition to creating, maintaining and balancing the budget, the Committee works to maximize the investment income of the Society in a safe and effective manner.

If you are a financial examiner or just like to work with numbers, consider volunteering to help the Budget & Finance Committee.

Committee Chairs

Chair

Tom McIntyre, CIE, CICSR, AMCM
Risk & Regulatory Consulting, LLC

Vice Chair

Donald Hale, AIE, MCM
Alaska Division of Insurance

The CDS Committee plans and develops the annual Career Development Seminar (CDS), presides over the format of CDS (including securing speakers for the event), and sets up sponsorships and any advertising for CDS.

Committee Chairs

Chair

LeAnn Crow, CICSR, AMCM
Kansas Insurance Department

Vice Chair

Shelly Schuman, AIE, AMCM
The INS Companies

Vice Chair

Barry Wells, AMCM
Risk & Regulatory Consulting, LLC

The Education Committee has overall responsibility for planning and executing educational opportunities that are sponsored by IRES. This committee works in partnership with the Accreditation and Ethics Committee on revisions to the AIE® and CIE® designation programs as well as creating new educational opportunities for members such as webinars and designation assistance programs. The Education Committee also acts as the liaison between the NAIC and other professional societies on matters related to member education.

If you are interested in helping provide quality educational opportunities to the members of the Society, consider volunteering to help with the Education Committee.

Subcommittees

Webinars
Plans and executes continuing education webinars for members by planning topics, arranging for speakers, and/or hosting the webinars.

Designation Assistance
Plans and executes educational opportunities for members seeking assistance in earning an IRES designation.


Committee Chairs

Chair

Randy Helder, AIE
NAIC


Subcommittee Chairs

Webinars

Jo LeDuc, CIE, MCM
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

The MCM/AMCM Committee is responsible for overseeing the MCM and AMCM designations. This includes scheduling MCM and AMCM programs, advertising the programs, and keeping the content of both program current and relevant.

Subcommittees

AMCM

Responsible for maintaining the AMCM program content and administering the program.

Committee Chairs

Chair
Pieter Williams, MCM
Regulatory Insurance Advisors, LLC

Vice Chair
Holly Blanchard, AIE, MCM
Regulatory Insurance Advisors, LLC

Subcommittee Chairs

AMCM

The Meetings & Elections Committee establishes the rules and procedures for elections and member voting for the IRES Board of Directors and supervises the election process. They are responsible for presiding over the elections at IRES’s annual meeting held at the Career Development Seminar (CDS). This committee is also responsible for the selection of sites for CDS and other Society meetings.

If you are interested in selecting the CDS site locations or helping with the Society’s elections, consider joining the Meetings & Election Committee.

Subcommittees

Elections
Responsible for overseeing the Society’s annual Board of Directors election, including conducting an audit of the election results.

Site Selection

Responsible reviewing and recommending potential sites for future Career Development Seminar (CDS) events.

Committee Chairs

Chair

Chair
Martha Long, CIE, MCM
Missouri Department of Insurance

Vice Chair

Benjamin Darnell, MCM
Examination Resources, LLC

Subcommittee Chairs

Elections

Kallie Somme, MCM
Louisiana Department of Insurance

Site Selection

Nancy Thomas, CIE, MCM
State of Delaware – Department of Insurance

The Membership & Benefits Committee is responsible for recruiting new members, reviewing applications for membership and making recommendations to the Board of Directors, as well as maintaining communication with IRES members and enhancing the reputation of IRES with members and the public. The Committee also maintains the records for IRES State Chairs and develops methods of effectively communicating the unique benefits of IRES membership. This committee has several subcommittees to focus on the unique responsibilities of this group.

If you have a knack for marketing, enjoy surfing the web, want to find ways to provide more benefits to the membership or are interested in helping select the next Al Greer Award winner, join the Membership & Benefits Committee and help IRES grow strong.

Subcommittees

Awards & Recognition
This subcommittee is responsible for soliciting, collecting and assembling nominations for the Al Greer Award, Chartrand Communication Award, Al Gross/Jim Long Rookie of the Year Scholarships and the Thomas L. Reents Memorial Scholarship. Help your peers get recognition for doing great work by joining this subcommittee.

General Membership
Promotes growth and awareness in the Society; responsible for designing and running the annual membership drive and finding new ways to encourage current members to recruit new members to IRES.

State Chairs
Creates and maintains a database of individuals serving as State Chair; helps to promote the State Chair position and find replacements for State Chairs upon their departure; and develops and maintains the State Chair handbook and provides support to State Chairs.

Sustaining Membership
Responsible for retaining and growing the Sustaining Membership base of the Society by seeking ways to increase and enhance Sustaining Membership.

Committee Chairs

Chair 
Tracy Biehn, MCM
North Carolina Department of Insurance

Vice Chair 
Angela Hatchell, CICSR
North Carolina Department of Insurance

Subcommittee Chairs

Awards & Recognition 
Katie Dzurec-Dunton, MCM
Pennsylvania Insurance Department

General Membership
Sue Ezalarab, CIE, MCM
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Robert McManus, CIE, MCM
Risk & Regulatory Consulting, LLC

State Chairs
Holly Blanchard, AIE, MCM
Regulatory Insurance Advisors, LLC

Sustaining Membership
Cynthia Amann, AMCM
Missouri Department of Insurance

Lisa Crump, CIE, AMCM
INS Companies

The Publications & Public Relations Committee is responsible for overseeing and editing the IRES newsletter, The Regulator®, and any IRES sponsored publications. The Committee also establishes methods to publicize various IRES activities and approves the distribution of information sent to the entire membership in broadcast e-mail messages. If you are a grammatical wizard, can spot a typo in record time, or are just plain good at reading and writing, we need your expertise on the Publications Committee.

Subcommittees

Website & Social Media
Maintains and updates the IRES website; reviews the website to ensure content is current and accurate; generates and implements ideas that keep the website an effective and informative tool for both public visitors and members of IRES. Also responsible for managing the social media platforms used by IRES.

Committee Chairs

Chair 
Kallie Somme, MCM
Louisiana Department of Insurance

Vice Chair 
Benjamin Darnell, MCM
Examination Resources, LLC

Subcommittee Chairs

Website & Social Media
Jo LeDuc, CIE, MCM
Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance