Officers & Directors

President

Ken Bergeron

CPCU, FLMI, ARM, AIM, AIS, ACS

Contact: ken.bergeron.lq8c@statefarm.com

Year of Designation: 2003
Company: State Farm Insurance
Position: Underwriting Team Manager
Education: Masters of Business Administration from Regis University
Interests: Travel, Sports, Reading, Mentoring

Treasurer

Heather Blevins

CPCU, AIC, AINS, AIS, SCLA, ITP

Contact: heather.blevins.slpw@statefarm.com

Year of Designation: 2016
Company: State Farm Insurance
Position: Underwriting Project Coordinator
Education: BS Organizational Leadership- NSU, Master’s in Education
Interests: Travel, writing, social media, college football 

Secretary

Brett Backlund

CPCU, FLMI, CLU, AINS, API, AIC, ARA

Contact: Brett.backlund.jk3p@statefarm.com

Year of CPCU Designation:  2012

Company:  State Farm Insurance

Position:  Underwriting Team Manager

Education:  BS Economics, Illinois State University

Interest: Sports, Travel, Reading

Past-President

Jason Heissler

ACAS, CPCU

Contact: jason.heissler@countryfinancial.com

Year of Designation: 2014
Company: Country Financial
Position: Actuary
Education: BS in Actuarial Science, University of Illinois
Interests: Volleyball, Toastmasters

COE Director

Vickie Hodges

CPCU, CLU, AINS

Contact: vickie.hodges.bqei@statefarm.com

Year of Designation: 2000
Company: State Farm Insurance
Position: P&C Underwriting Analyst
Education: BS in Management from Illinois State University
Interests: Volleyball, Traveling

Director at Large

Eric Johnson

CPCU, CLU

Contact: eric.johnson.svll@statefarm.com

Year of Designation:  2013
Company:  State Farm Insurance
Position:  Underwriting Analyst
Education:  Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Columbia College
Interests:  Sports, Travel, Cooking

Director at Large

Pamela Goerlich Findley

CPCU, AU, AINS

Contact: pam.goerlichfindley@rlicorp.com

Year of CPCU Designation:  2016

Company:  RLI Insurance Company

Position:  Product Manager

Education:  Bradley University - Actuarial Science

Director at Large

Shrima Karthik

CPCU, PMP

Contact: shrima.karthik@ey.com

Year of Designation: 2018
Company: Ernst & Young
Position: Insurance Technology Consultant
Education: MBS-MS in Finance
Interests: Youth Mentoring, Working Out, DIY projects, Hiking

Professional Development

Amy Cortese

CPCU (2007); CHFC (2012); CLU (2016); INS (1997)

Contact: amy.cortese.gwxg@statefarm.com

Year of Designation: 2007
Company: State Farm
Position: Enterprise Compliance and Ethics Manager
Education: Bachelor's Degree - Business Administration

Chapter Growth

Kelley Bott

CCEP, CLU, CPCU

Contact: kelley.bott.gq2e@statefarm.com

Year of Designation: 2016
Company: State Farm Insurance
Position: Compliance Manager
Education: Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration – Illinois State University

Member Events

Michelle Rushing

CPCU, CLU

Contact: michelle.rushing.g3d8@statefarm.com

Year of Designation: 2004
Company: State Farm Insurance
Position: Technology Analyst
Education: B.S. Accounting & Insurance from Illinois State University
Interests: Sports, Shopping, Traveling

Social & Community Events

Diane Kidd

CPCU, CLU, ChFC

Contact: diane.kidd.cvig@statefarm.com

Year of Designation: 1994
Company: State Farm Insurance
Position: Technology Analyst
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University
Interests: Cooking, gardening, outdoor activities, reading

Membership

Nicole Shake

CPCU, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

Contact: nicole.shake@lexisnexisrisk.com

Year of Designation: 2008
Company: LexisNexus
Position: Client Executive
Education: BS Actuarial Science, Illinois State University
Interests: Financial Planning, music, Football

Student Relations

Allison Stuepfert

CPCU, ChFC, AIM

Contact: allison.stuepfert.hrp4@statefarm.com

Year of Designation: 2002
Company: State Farm Insurance
Position: Scrum Master,Eenterprise Technology
Education: B.A. Business from Illinois Wesleyan
Interests: Sports, Theater, Community Volunteering & Events, Gardening

Internal Affairs

Jim Jones

Contact: Jjones@ilstu.edu

Company: Illinois State University
Position: Director, Center For Insurance & Finance