Officers & Directors 2020

These are our chapter leaders for 2020.  Contact them for additional information on various committees or activites. If you are interested in being a Director or Officer, contact Matt Andresen or Jessica Ommen at MNPCUSociety@gmail.com

Ex-Officio Board Members are also listed for reference. 

2020 President

Matt Andresen

CPCU, AIM, API, AIC

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-andresen-cpcu-aim-api-aic-b08032a8/

Matt has worked for Country Financial since 2003. Since that time he has held various claims leadership roles. He is currently the Workers’ Compensation and PIP/MP Claims Manager. Matt has been a CPCU member since 2010. 

2020 Vice President

Jessica Ommen

CPCU

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-ommen-59b3b471/

Jessica is a Senior Claims Attorney for SECURA Insurance. She started her career as an insurance defense attorney and has been in-house with SECURA since 2014. She received the 2016 President’s CPCU Scholarship and earned her designation in 2017. She is a member of the Chapter Communications Committee.

2020 Treasurer

Craig Ehalt

CPCU, CIPA

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-ehalt-a613481a

Craig joined Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. in May 2016 as a Sr. Account Manager - Arch Unit.  Prior to that he was with AIG for 26 years, most recently as a Client Service Manager for the claim area.  Craig is an experienced premium auditor developing that skill after graduating from St Cloud State University with a degree in accounting. 

Craig holds his CPCU designation and is a Certified Insurance Premium Auditor (CIPA) as well as a member of the Twin Cities Insurance Club. Craig enjoys fishing and DIY construction projects. 

 

2020 Secretary

Peggy Howell

CPCU, AINS, API, and AIS

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peggy-howell-73aa57173/

Peggy started her insurance career in claims for Zurich, later transitioning to Personal Lines Underwriting for California Casualty. After obtaining her CPCU and ARe in December 2018 she was eager to find a role in reinsurance. She and her husband relocated to Minnesota in the summer of 2019 where she currently works for Trean Reinsurance as an Account Executive. 

Director - GOOD WORKS COMMITTEE

Rick Liddle

CPCU, AU

Rick started his insurance carrier in 1977 with Economy Fire and Casualty in Freeport, IL. Originally from Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His insurance career includes time with The St Paul Companies. Rick was at Austin Mutual 17 years, retiring Jan 2018. Over the years, Rick has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America, International Visitors Group and the American Red Cross.

Rick has been on the MN CPCU board since 2012 and leads the Good Works Committee engaging members in volunteer service activities in the community.

 

DIRECTOR - MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Jason Berger

CPCU

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vonberger

Jason is currently with Chubb Insurance in risk management for over 14 years with specialty in product and environmental liability. I take time with each client to help them understand how we view their various risk exposures and controls, whether they meet with industry best practices or how they can be best improved. Jason obtained his CPCU designation to understand and support his underwriting peers.   

 

DIRECTOR

Cheri Olson

CPCU, AIS, AU, API, AM, AIT

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cheriolson/

Cheri is currently Operations Coordinator for Personal Lines.  She has been employed at RAM Mutual Insurance Company since 1993.  At RAM, she has worked in H.R., Underwriting and R & D.  Prior to insurance, Cheri was front end operations manager for a large retail chain and a high school social studies teacher.  Cheri resides in Esko, MN with her husband and three daughters.  She also serves on the board of directors for Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity.

Director - MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Dave Matlon

CPCU, CIC

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-matlon-612a9a13/

Dave has been in the Western National Agency Sales Department for the past 28 years. Prior to this role, he was a commercial lines production underwriter for American Family. Dave is a Winona State University graduate. He serves as the Treasurer for the Bloomington Fire Department Relief Association overseeing their pension plan.

Dave and his wife Lori have been married for 33 years. They have three children. Dave received his CPCU designation in 1995. 

Director - WEBSITE & COMMUNICATION

Ruth Ahrens

CPCU, AIC

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruth-ahrens-84a69384/

Ruth is currently a Permanent Total and Dependency Benefits Specialist at SFM Mutual Insurance Companies where she has worked since 2001. Prior to that she worked at Wausau Insurance. Ruth obtained her BA in Business Administration at the University of St. Thomas in 1999.   She obtained her CPCU designation in 2018. Ruth looks forward to serving on the MN CPCU board and the Website/Communications committee.

Immediate Past President

Dana Bolz

CPCU

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dana-bolz-cpcu-273a4a67

Dana is currently a Commercial Insurance Underwriting Manager. She has been at EMC Companies since July 2010.  

 

Ex Officio Board Member - ALL INDUSTRY DAY COMMITTEE

Allen R. Bosch

CPCU, ARM

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allen-r-bosch-a469b835

Allen started in insurance as an underwriter trainee at St Paul Companies. Before joining CNA in April, 2014, he worked 10 years as a Senior Underwriter at MMIC group, specializing in medical malpractice. He recently left OneBeacon Insurance Group as Assistant Vice President in the complex risk division to join J&R Agency. He holds a Management Degree from St Cloud State University. 

 

Ex Officio Board Member

Cindy L. Jordan

CPCU, RPLU, ASLI, AIS, AU, CIC

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindy-jordan-1a897341/

Cindy has been in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years.  She started out underwriting Lawyers, Accountants, Realtors and Tax Preparers Professional Liability.  Cindy has been with RPS Minneapolis for over 13 years and specializes in all lines of Professional Liability, including E&O, D&O and EPL.She is active with the Chapter's Champions program.

Ex-Officio Board Member - EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Gary Pasterik

CPCU, AIC, AINS

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-pasterik-99aa19105/

Gary is the Subrogation Claim Manager for Western National Insurance Group.  He has 30 years or experience in the insurance industry.  Prior to Western National, Gary managed a dedicated claims unit for a national restaurant chain, was the Risk Control Manager for a retail store chain, and was employed in the claims department of insurance carriers.

Gary is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter and has served on several of the Chapter’s committees.  He obtained the CPCU designation in 1997.

 

Ex-Officio Board Member - MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Jeff Ewins

CPCU, AINS, API

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-ewins-cpcu-ains-api-ab750222/

Jeff received his BA in Business & Economics from Eureka College, Eureka, IL in 1982.  In 1984 he joined COUNTRY Financial, Bloomington, IL, as a property casualty underwriter.  During Jeff’s 30 years with COUNTRY Financial he has held various property casualty underwriting positions across three regions.Jeff is Regional Manager, Commercial Underwriting and will soon retire.