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Joseph H. Wehrle, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wehrle joined the NICB in 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was elected to his current position later that year. He is responsible for directing the NICB’s overall operations, strategic planning, administrative management and reporting to the Board of Governors.
Previously, Mr. Wehrle served as the President of USAA Property and Casualty Insurance Group, which he joined following a 33-year career in the United States Air Force. He retired from the military in 2003 as the Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff with the rank of lieutenant general. He received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree from the University of Utah, and is a graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.
James K. Schweitzer
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Schweitzer joined the NICB in 2008 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
As former Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Mr. Schweitzer led 1,500 employees charged with enforcing traffic, motor vehicle and motor carrier laws, providing security for public officials and state properties, and administering highway safety and criminal justice grant programs.
Prior to becoming Director of Public Safety, Mr. Schweitzer served over 33 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He began his FBI career in Tampa, Florida, and served in a variety of assignments in the field and at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Schweitzer served as Chief of the Instruction Section at the FBI Academy responsible for the FBI National Academy Program and post 9/11/2001 as Chief of the New Agent’s Training. In 2002, Mr. Schweitzer was appointed Special Agent in Charge of the Columbia, South Carolina, FBI office where he oversaw the creation of a Joint Terrorism Task Force and the opening of a Computer Crime Center.
Mr. Schweitzer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He also completed executive programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Kellogg School of Management. In 2006, he completed the FBI National Executive Institute.
Daniel G. Abbott
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Mr. Abbott joined the Insurance Crime Prevention Institute in 1987 as a Special Agent and served until it merged with the National Automobile Theft Bureau in December 1991 to form the NICB. In his current role, he oversees the Information Technology and Data Analytics Departments; directs technology initiatives with NICB members, law enforcement agencies and the Insurance Services Office; and serves as the architect of new anti-crime technology developments. Mr. Abbott is also the NICB’s representative on the North American Export Committee, the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, and the Illinois State Police LEADS Advisory Policy Board.
During his more than 20-year tenure with the NICB, in addition to serving as a Special Agent investigating organized insurance rings, Mr. Abbott has also served as Director of Property and Casualty Operations. He is a graduate of Illinois State University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Jachnicki joined the NICB in 1994 and was promoted to his current position in 1996, when he was also elected as the organization’s Treasurer. In addition to serving as the senior financial executive responsible for the NICB's accounting, auditing, budgeting and investment strategies, Mr. Jachnicki directs NICB new business development initiatives and works in conjunction with the President and Chief Executive Officer on strategic planning efforts.
Prior to joining the NICB, Mr. Jachnicki was the Vice President of Finance at Inter Financial Group, a Chicago-based hotel and management company. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Dominican University and earned a certificate in Strategies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago.
Andrew J. Sosnowski
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Sosnowski joined the NICB in March 2010 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He has practiced law for over 20 years with an extensive background in criminal prosecution, having served for over 15 years as a Chief Prosecutor in various counties in Illinois. He is the former Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and comes to NICB from his own private practice where he represented various types of individuals, including plaintiffs in personal injury litigation.
Mr. Sosnowski is an adjunct professor of law at Judson University and Elgin Community College. He is a graduate of Loyola University (BA), University of Notre Dame (MSBA) and Drake University (JD).
Judith M. Fitzgerald
Vice President, Government Affairs
Ms. Fitzgerald has led the NICB Government Affairs Department since joining the organization in 1991. She is responsible for creating and executing the NICB’s government affairs strategies and tactics, representing the organization at federal and state legislative and regulatory forums, designing educational programs for government officials, and working with insurance organizations and NICB members to support the passage of anti-fraud proposals and initiatives. She currently chairs the Nevada Gubernatorial Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Task Force and serves on the Research Advisory Committee for the Rand Institute for Civil Justice.
Ms. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Mundelein College and has completed certification coursework at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Barbara M. Low
Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Low joined the NICB in 2005 and oversees the human resources and employee benefits programs for NICB. She has extensive experience in human resource management, assessment, corporate university development, coaching, performance and change management, and is an adjunct professor in the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill.
Ms. Low was a business consultant for more than 15 years prior to joining the NICB. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and master’s degree from Benedictine University.
Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
Mr. Morris joined the NICB in November 2008 as Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. He is responsible for communications, public affairs, videography and social networking.
Mr. Morris has an extensive background in corporate communications, marketing and media. He previously worked at the Property Casualty Insurers of America (PCI) as a vice president in charge of state media relations. He was vice president of public affairs for the Alliance of American Insurers prior to the merger of the Alliance into PCI. He also was in charge of media relations for CNA in Chicago.
He served as president of the Columbus/Franklin County News Bureau in Columbus, Ohio, and was in charge of communications and media relations for the Columbia Gas Distribution Companies, headquartered in Columbus. Mr. Morris was a TV news anchor and reporter working at the NBC affiliate in Columbus and the ABC affiliate in Cleveland.
Mr. Morris earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati.
Linda E. Schwartz
Vice President, Membership and Marketing
Ms. Schwartz joined the NICB in 2013 as Vice President of Membership and Marketing. She has an extensive background in the insurance industry, having worked for three major insurance companies and three international insurance brokerage firms, where she developed and marketed property/casualty and life/health programs for not-for-profit associations and their members. She is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI) and for many years was licensed to sell all lines of insurance.
Ms. Schwartz previously served as Marketing and Membership Officer for the Emergency Nurses Association, as well as Senior Director in the Marketing and Communications Services division of SmithBucklin, the world’s largest association management company. While at SmithBucklin, her clients included not-for-profit organizations in the business/trade and health care sectors. She also serves as Executive Vice President of the board of directors of Blind Service Association, a Chicago-based charitable organization serving the needs of blind and visually impaired individuals.
Ms. Schwartz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Illinois.
Vice President, Data Analytics
Mr. Smidt is the Vice President of Data Analytics. He has been employed at the NICB for more than 20 years, holding various positions, including Programmer, Membership Director and Information Technology Manager.
His current responsibilities as Vice President include supervision of the efforts of approximately 28 analysts to produce timely and actionable data analytical products. Mr. Smidt directs both the proactive identification of insurance fraud and crime across all lines of business for the benefit of insurance companies; local, state and federal law enforcement; and the tactical analytical products created for criminal prosecution of insurance fraud. He is a graduate of Lewis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
Thomas F. Welsh
Vice President, Training
Mr. Welsh served as the NICB’s National Training Manager from 1993 to 1997, and following a three-year hiatus where he worked as a performance consultant and training instructor in the insurance and transportation industries, rejoined the NICB in 2000 in his current position. He is responsible for all training-related initiatives with NICB member companies, law enforcement agencies and NICB employees. He also directs the National Insurance Crime Training Academy, which offers online, anti-fraud training to the property/casualty insurance industry. In 2008, Tom was awarded Life Membership in the International Association of Special Investigation Units.
Prior to joining the NICB, Mr. Welsh served for 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a battalion Sergeant Major with responsibilities for training and implementation in various leadership assignments.
Mr. Welsh earned his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University.
NICB Board of Governors
Michael J. Prandi
Mr. Prandi is the Chief Operating Officer for Westfield Companies, a property/casualty insurer based in Westfield Center, Ohio. He has been a member of the NICB Board of Governors since 2008.
Mr. Prandi joined Westfield Companies in 1989 and assumed his current position in 2015. During his Westfield career, he has served as Senior Executive-Claims, a Service Office Manager, Regional Executive, Executive Director of the Large Loss Unit, and Senior Executive-Complex Claims & Litigation Management. Mr. Prandi received his undergraduate degree from Ashland University and master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. He has also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Claims (AIC), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Senior Claim Law Associate (SCLA) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARE) professional designations.
Ms. Bever is Vice President Operations – P&C Claims Enterprise SIU for State Farm. She joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2012.
Ms. Bever has been in her current position since November 2012. She began her State Farm career as a Fire Claim Representative in Indianapolis, Ind. From there, she has held the positions of Regional Office Supervisor (West Lafayette, Ind.); Fire Claims Superintendent (Merrillville, Ind.); Indiana Regional Office MP&I Director and Public Affairs Manager; and Pennsylvania Regional Office Assistant Division Manager and Claim Manager. In 2006, she moved to corporate as a P&C Claims Director. In 2011, she was a Leadership Development Associate for Executive and joined the Executive Assistant program in March 2012. She holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. She currently serves on the board of directors for the McLean County YWCA.
Immediate Past Chair
Ms. Pierce is a Vice President at Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) with responsibilities for GEICO’s Claims Home Office operations. She joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2008.
Among other leadership positions she has held since joining GEICO in 1986, Ms. Pierce served as the Regional Vice President of GEICO’s Mid-Atlantic Auto and National Agency and the Regional Vice President of West Coast operations. She has also been in supervisory and management positions in GEICO’s Regional Claims and Planning and Control Departments, and participated in the firm’s Executive Assistant Program. Ms. Pierce is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Brady is the Associate Vice President of the Special Investigations Unit at Nationwide Insurance. She joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2016.
Her current responsibilities include the Special Intelligence Operation, Point of Sale Team, Field Special Investigation Team, major case and special projects. She has been in the insurance business for 30 years, with more than 15 years spent at Nationwide in various roles, both in the field and home office. She joined Nationwide in 2000 as a Claims Manager and moved on to become Associate Director for Specialty Claims, Director of Claims, Claims Officer of New York, then to Associate Vice President Staff Operations in Columbus, Ohio, which led her to her current role.
Ms. Brady earned her bachelor’s degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a member of the ISO Advisory Board, Coalition Against Insurance Fraud and the International Association of Special Investigation Units.
Mr. Capuzzi is currently Senior Vice President, Field Claims for Allstate Insurance. He began his tenure on the NICB Board of Governors in 2014.
He joined Allstate in July 2013 as the senior executive accountable for all automobile and property claims operations and over 5,500 claims professionals in the Eastern United States. As a member of the claims executive team, he is accountable for setting the strategic direction of the claims organization and establishing tactical priorities. In his role on the Territory Market Operating Committee, he provides claims subject matter expertise while also engaging in product, pricing and distribution decision-making. Prior to Allstate, Mr. Capuzzi was Claims Central Services Operations Business Leader for Progressive Insurance Company. He began his career at Progressive Insurance in 1985 as a claims representative.
Mr. Capuzzi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Daly is Chief Claims Officer for Farmers Insurance. He began his tenure on the NICB Board of Governors in 2016.
He joined the claims leadership team at Farmers in early 2013 after serving as vice president of Auto Claims, East Zone and then Pacific Zone. He started in his current role in January 2014 after serving on an interim basis and leading both the Property and Auto Claims Units in 2013. He joined Farmers in 2009 when the company acquired 21st Century Insurance, where he held various field leadership roles since beginning in 2001. He starting as a claims representative trainee in 1993 at Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. in Atlanta.
Mr. Daly has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.
Ms. Guan is the Vice President, Manager for PI Claims NF and SIU field operations for Liberty Mutual. She joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2015.
In her current role, Ms. Guan is responsible for establishing, communicating and executing the vision and strategic priorities for NF and SIU operations. She began her career with Liberty Mutual in 2004 and has worked in various positions in the Commercial Professional Service Group and Personal Market Product Management. In 2014, she assumed the Vice President, Manager for PI Claims LMS, Customer Experience, Quality Assurance and Rewards/Recognition. In 2015, she assumed her current role. Prior to joining Liberty, she worked in management consulting and investment evaluation for five years in Dalian, China.
Ms. Guan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Law from Northwest University, China, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University. She obtained her CPCU designation in 2007 and Associate in Claims (AIC) in 2009.
Michael W. Hawkins
Mr. Hawkins is Vice President of Business Development for Enterprise Holdings. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2015.
In his role, he helps identify growth opportunities and new initiatives in the off-airport market in the U.S. In addition, he helps oversee operational strategies for the travel industry.
Mr. Hawkins began his Enterprise career in 1989 in Michigan as a Management Trainee and worked his way up to Area Manager. In 1996, he was promoted to Regional Rental Manager in New York. One year later, he was promoted to General Manager in Ireland, where he remained until he became General Manager of Tucson in 2006. In 2009, he became the General Manager of Northern Ohio. He was promoted to his current position in 2014.
Mr. Hawkins received a bachelor’s degree in business from Albion College in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Mr. McCarron is a Senior Vice President at CNA with responsibilities for CNA’s Commercial Claims organization. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2016.
In addition to his current responsibilities, he oversees the SIU, recovery and client services operations. Prior to joining CNA, he was the Vice President of Workers’ Compensation and Accident & Health at Zurich. He has 26 years of industry experience that spans personal, commercial and specialty claims.
Mr. McCarron did his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts. He went on to graduate school at Suffolk University in Boston where he earned his Master’s in Public Health & Administration. He holds the Senior Claims Law Associate designation. He served on the Executive Council for the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) School of Workers’ Compensation. He is a past member of the Chief Advisory Council for the AIA and also served on the Board of Directors for the WCRI.
Mr. McSheffrey is Vice President of Claims Operations for The Hanover Insurance Company. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2014.
In this role, he has oversight of various areas of the claims organization including SIU, Subrogation, Claims Quality and Claims Technology. He has spent his entire career in the insurance claims industry, entering as a claims adjuster for Commercial Union more than 25 years ago.
Mr. McSheffrey is a graduate of Boston College. He holds both the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations. He is a past Chairman of the AIA Claims Technology Committee and is presently a member of the ISO Claims Council.
Matthew C. Murphy
Mr. Murphy is a Vice President within the Claim Solutions & Analytics Division of The Hartford Insurance Company. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2014.
In his current position, he is responsible for the oversight of the Hartford’s SIU Anti-Fraud Programs and the organization’s Strategic Business Intelligence & Analytics Operations. He joined The Hartford in early 2013 as a Vice President in the Claim Division, holding responsibility for the SIU along with The Hartford’s Medical Bill Processing & Clinical Programs. Prior to The Hartford, he spent 23 years at The Travelers Insurance Company where he held various leadership positions within their Claim — Investigative Services Division, and was involved in operations including Cyber Security Risk, Medical Fraud, and SIU Field Operations & Fire Investigations.
Mr. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Marist College and a CFLS designation from the American Educational Institute.
Mr. Neubauer is Vice President of Voluntary & Worksite Benefits-P&C Claims for the MetLife Group. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2014.
He has claim operational and technical responsibility for 425 field associates located across the United States. Responsibilities include staffing, employee development, customer centricity, and performance management of associates in the following areas: Homeowner Operations, Automobile Physical Damage, Special Investigations and Catastrophe Management.
He serves on the Board of Directors & the Research Advisory Council for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and is a member of the Enservio Advisory Panel. In addition, he works closely with industry organizations that include the Property Loss Research Bureau and Property Claims Services.
Mr. Neubauer received his BBA degree from the University of Wisconsin System and has earned the CPCU and AIC designations from the Insurance Institute of America and the SCLA designation from the American Educational Institute.
Mr. Oppenheim is currently the Claims General Manager for the West Zone at Progressive Insurance. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2016.
In his current role, he is responsible for all operational aspects of the field claims organization in 19 states. This includes approximately 3,300 people working in over 100 offices and service centers. Prior to this, he held a variety of positions including national responsibility for physical damage process from 2003 to 2006. He began as a claims adjuster in 1986.
Mr. Oppenheim graduated from Stetson University in 1979 with B.A. in Psychology.
Michael J. Randall
Mr. Randall is the Vice President of Claims for CSAA Insurance Group. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2010.
Mr. Randall began his insurance career with The Hartford as an adjuster and then spent more than 27 years at Progressive Insurance where he advanced through several claims leadership roles, including nine years as the West Zone General Manager overseeing claims operations for seven states. He also served as an auto product manager for Progressive and Community General Manager for Arizona and New Mexico with responsibility for marketing, sales and claims. He started his current position with CSAA in 2009. He is a graduate of St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn.
Mr. Seminara has served as the General Counsel of Claim for Travelers since 2005. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2012.
Mr. Seminara leads a legal organization that is engaged in representing thousands of Travelers customers in litigation, as well as providing legal guidance, management and counsel to internal company clients. In 2012, he assumed additional responsibilities to lead Travelers Subrogation and Investigative Services Units. Prior this role, he served in several capacities during his 10 years with the Bond Organization, including General Counsel of Bond / Senior Vice President of Bond Claim, Vice President responsible for Surety Construction Services Claim, and as lead Construction Surety Counsel for Claim and Business Support. Mr. Seminara received his J.D. and M.B.A. from Fordham University and serves on the board of the Hartford Economic Development Corporation.
James R. Will
Mr. Will is Vice President – Insurance Claims for Auto Club of Southern California. He joined the NICB Board of Governors in 2015.
He is a 28-year veteran of the personal lines insurance industry. Mr. Will served in positions of increasing responsibility in five of Amica’s branch offices and as a Regional Claim Manager before being promoted to the Claims Executive Department of Amica in 2001. He then served as a Jurisdictional Officer, project executive for Amica’s Electronic Claim File initiative, and finally oversaw branch operations for Amica nationally. In his current role, he oversees all aspects of the claims operations in 21 states where the Auto Club writes insurance.
Mr. Will holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Allegheny College and has obtained the Associate in Claims and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designations from the American Institute for C.P.C.U. and the Insurance Institute of America. He obtained the Certified Insurance Operations Professional Designation form the CIOP Institute.
NICB Advisors to the Board
Richard Della Rocca
Mr. Della Rocca is Vice President – ISO Claims Solutions. He became an Advisor to the NICB Board of Governors in 2013.
Mr. Della Rocca oversees the development and operation of several key ISO claims products and services, including ISO ClaimSearch, ISO Claims Outcome Advisor, and other claims and anti-fraud information and software solutions. Prior, he served as Assistant Vice President – Business Development, where he was responsible for identifying and successfully completing acquisitions and strategic alliances in support of ISO’s strategic business units and subsidiaries. He joined ISO as an Assistant Manager in 1995 and later served as Assistant Vice President – Marketing. Before joining ISO, he held positions in product development and marketing management at Continental Insurance Company.
Mr. Della Rocca earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rutgers University and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.
Ms. Guglielmo is Vice President for the BITS Fraud Program. She became an Advisor to the NICB Board of Governors in 2012.
Ms. Guglielmo leads the BITS Fraud Program, which collaborates with industry associations and law enforcement agencies to reduce fraud in the industry by addressing issues of mortgage, payment card, credit bust out and remote channel fraud. She joined BITS in 2012 and previously held positions at HSBC North America Holdings, Household International and the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. Ms. Guglielmo has an M.B.A. in Finance from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Moravian College.
Mr. Jay is the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud (Coalition), where he has overseen its government affairs, public outreach and research efforts since the organization’s founding in 1993. He was appointed as an Advisor to the NICB Board of Governors in 2008.
Mr. Jay previously served as the Vice President of Communications at the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, where he developed joint industry-consumer coalitions and worked in consumer affairs, public relations and publishing. He received a business administration degree.
Stephen L. Morris
Mr. Morris is the assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division in West Virginia. He became an Advisor to the NICB Board of Governors in 2014.
Mr. Morris most recently served as special agent in charge of the Houston Division since 2011. He joined the FBI in 1988, and has held positions of administrative file clerk, special agent, supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., supervisory senior resident agent for the Cincinnati Division’s Dayton Resident Agency and assistant special agent in charge in the Houston Division to manage the White-Collar Crime and Civil Rights Programs. Mr. Morris was promoted in 2005 to chief of the Programs Support Section in the CJIS Division. Additionally, he served as program manager for the FBI’s development of the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange Program. In 2006, he returned to FBI Headquarters and was appointed chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center. In this position, he managed the FBI’s 24-hour global command center for strategic information and crisis management. He returned to the CJIS Division in March 2008 as deputy assistant director.
Mr. Morris graduated from Hawaii Pacific University.
Mr. Wickre is Director of the Special Investigations Unit (Southeast United States) of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. He became an Advisor to the NICB Board of Governors in 2013.
In 2013, Mr. Wickre was elected president of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU). He previously served as IASIU’s vice president from 2009 to 2013. Prior, he served in various leadership positions with the Virginia Chapter IASIU, including treasurer, vice president, president and director. Since 1991, Mr. Wickre has worked for Nationwide’s Special Investigations Unit as an investigator, manager and director. Prior to Nationwide, he worked for the Norfolk Virginia Police as a detective. He has served on the Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Program’s Advisory Board and Virginia’s Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Advisory Board. He also serves as an advisor to the executive committee of the Coalition against Insurance Fraud. Mr. Wickre received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Saint Leo College and is currently working toward his Masters in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He received his Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator (CIFI) designation from IASIU and the Fraud Claims Law Associate (FCLA) designation from the American Educational Institute.