President’s Message (Q2 2024)


Q2 2024

President's Message




San Diego's Risk & Insurance Management Community

President’s Message,

I hope this newsletter finds you well heading into the summer months.  I love the longer days this time of year.

Having RISKWORLD in San Diego this year was great.  The weather cooperated and every attendee I talked to thought San Diego is the best venue for this conference, hands down.  Both the San Diego and Nevada Chapters met for happy hour between the last keynote and the RISKWORLD/Sedgwick closing party.  It was fun visiting with those fine people and we vowed to do the same in Chicago next year.  Hold the date for 5/4-7/2025 for next year's conference.

In May we had our annual Risk Manager Roundtable.  Those that attended the conference shared information on some of the keynotes and/or sessions they found more interesting, or alarming, depending on how you look at it.  As usual, all of the keynotes were very good.  I enjoy these information sharing meetings and hope we have a better turnout year over year.

Another save the date is for our Fairways & Film: The Ultimate Golf Movie Themed Tournament on Friday, August 2, 2024 at our usual place, Coronado Golf Course.  This is our number one fundraiser, and a great time is had by all.  We may still have sponsorship opportunities, check it out at

In this issue as with all of our issues, Al Haverkamp provides a coverage quiz (thanks Al).  This one is on horizontal/vertical coverage.  This is one you should not miss.  Thinking out loud, perhaps this is a topic we should have at one of our future meetings.  It crops up every now and then and can be very impactful on a claim.  We are always looking for educational content.  If you have any suggestions, please reach out and let us know.  

A warm welcome to the following members who joined San Diego RIMS in the last 3 months:

Professional Members:

Claudia Solerey Mellon, Global Lead Business Resilience and Continuity, Illumina

Michael Dedic, Director of Risk Management, MG Properties

Edwin Kincer, III, Corporate Risk Manager, Revvity

Valerie J Paz, Senior Paralegal Risk Management, Tandem Diabetes

Janet N. Sheiner, VP, Risk Management and Real Estate, AMN Healthcare

Melissa Perry, Supervisor, Risk Management, AMN Healthcare

Therese Jackson, ARM, Supervisor, Risk Management, AMN Healthcare

Chad Beinschroth, Senior Risk Manager, Amazon

Gloria Alabi, Global Risk Manager, Teradata Corporation

Dirk Bakker, Senior Underwriter, Amynta Surety Solutions

Steve Norby, Director, Safety & Risk Management, Port of San Diego

Bryan Kanet, Risk Management Associate, MG Properties

Raul Reyes, Manager of Corporate Insurance & Risk, Sempra

Lilian Vanvieldt, Executive Vice President, Alliant

Joel Sandoval, CMR Risk & Insurance Services

Carrie Rostron, Workers’ Compensation & Risk Control Director, CMR Risk & Insurance Services


Associate Members:

Larissa Shephard, Marketing Coordinator, Evolv Claim Solutions

Danielle Weidemann, Business Administrator, Evolv Claim Solutions

Barry Garson, Executive Business Partner, ATI Restoration


Student Members:

Brittany Church, USD

Aliya Ahmed 

Mr. Adam Cooper, UCSD

Wishing you a wonderful summer and hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Berman
San Diego Chapter President.