Member Spot Light Diane Caminite, CPCU, ARM

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Meet Diane Caminite, CPCU, ARM

Tell me about how you became a risk manager?
I came to the risk management field the way many do – unintentionally.  I was originally planning to go into nursing and began my education with that focus.  Since I needed to work my way through college, I had also decided it would be a good idea to get a job in healthcare.  I ended up getting an administrative job in the risk management department with a local hospital group.  I had no idea what risk management was and ended up being exposed to insurance, risk mitigation, risk financing as well as an offshore captive for medical malpractice.  I found it quite interesting, and I decided that risk management was a better career choice for me.

PARMA Member Spot Light - Tony Giles, CPCU, ARM-P

Meet Tony Giles, CPCU, ARM-P
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Tell me about how you became a risk manager?

Like most of my risk management colleagues, I came to risk management almost entirely by accident. More generously, I suppose we could say that fate intervened. I worked for the County of Santa Clara for several years in a variety of roles – most of them administrative. I accepted a job as the Senior Management Analyst for the County’s Director of Risk Management. At first, I saw my role as supporting the Director but not really doing risk management. After several years, I started taking on more tasks associated with risk management, ultimately accepting a division manager job doing actual risk work. A couple of years later, the City of Sunnyvale was recruiting for a Risk Manager, and I decided to take a shot at it. One grueling recruitment process later, I was a Risk Manager!

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PARMA 2020, The Art of Risk

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Meet Tanesha Welch
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The story of my path into Risk Management (RM) is one of unforeseen circumstances. RM was not my initial choice during my undergrad studies. I had a passion for Human Resources. My forte consisted of employee administration, training and development, and recruitment. Outside of my normal day to day assignments at work, I would spend my personal time mostly helping people prepare for gainful employment by critiquing their employment portfolios and assisting them with marketing themselves to potential employers. This is what I loved to do!

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Meet Alex Mellor
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What inspired you to pursue a career in risk management?
After graduating college, I was fortunate to start my career working for a workers’ compensation disability management firm. I had a number of different roles in the organization, each of which exposed me to different parts of the California workers’ compensation system and state and federal leave laws. Many of the firm’s clients were public agencies, so I learned a lot about risk management in a public agency setting which led me to pursue and obtain an ARM designation. For the past five years, I have worked for the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority as a Regional Risk Manager.

What do you specialize in?
My background is in workers’ compensation and disability management, but I have really grown to become a risk management generalist. In my current job with the California JPIA, I routinely assist member agencies with a variety of matters including risk assessment, contractual risk transfer, health and safety, and employment practices.

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