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Meet Our Board

Peter Schifrin
RPA President
Schifrin, Gagnon & Dickey, Inc.
 
Peter began his insurance career in 1984. He is the son of the company’s founder, Leslie Schifrin. As a licensed adjuster and private investigator, he has extensive experience with a wide variety of claims, including first-party property, entertainment, and all forms of general liability.

Peter is the current President of the Society of Registered Professional Adjusters and the Pacific Claim Executives Association. He has served as the President of the California Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters and as the Western Region VP for the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters. He is currently a member of the California Department of Insurance Curriculum Board.

He frequently presents educational classes to groups such as the CAIIA and PLRB on topics including the California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations, the California SIU Regulations, Good Faith Claims Handling, and First and Third Party Coverage Analysis and Claims Investigation

  Nino Berardi
RPA Treasurer
L.J. Shaw & Company
 
Nino graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in Corporate Communications. He began his adjusting career in January of 1991 with the Aetna Life and Casualty Company. While working at Aetna, he specialized in the handling of property claims and obtained the title of Senior Property Claim Representative. Nino joined the staff of L. J. Shaw and Company on January 8, 1996. Nino is a past President and current member of the Adjuster’s Association of Chicago. He is also a member of the Western Loss Association and the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters (NAIIA). Nino handles all types of residential and commercial property claims. He is fluent in spoken and written Italian.

Nino obtained the title of General Adjuster on September 1, 2004; he has qualified for the designation of Registered Professional Adjuster (RPA # 1223) and became owner/Treasurer of the company January 1, 2005.

Mike Csom
RPA Secretary
ASU Group
 
Mike is the ASU Group Project Manager. He is involved in the Information Systems of his company and that of the Society.
Mike is the son of Mike Csom, Sr. who was the long-time Chairman of the Society. He has, literally, grown up in the insurance claims industry. Mike started his career in 1992 as a technical support specialist for Manatron working with local municipalities. In 1994, he joined the ASU Group in Okemos, MI. Early on, his main responsibilities included: implementing servers and desktops in all of the satellite offices, training staff and providing technical support for over 250 employees. In 1995, Mike led a development team in a 10 year effort to create a custom software package that could handle all of The ASU Group’s business lines in one program. Mike is a proud graduate of Michigan State University. While in college he was fortunate to have an opportunity to work for the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, VA.
 
  Matthew E. Hedberg, Esq
RPA General Counsel
Bullivant, Houser  Bailey
Matt Hedberg is an insurance coverage attorney who represents insurance companies in matters involving commercial and personal insurance policies. His experience includes providing coverage opinions and litigating large commercial losses.

Matt’s representation is not limited to trial work. He understands that clients require a balance between risk and reward. As such, he works to bring many cases to conclusion through successful motion practice, sparing the cost of trying a case, but achieving the desired outcome. That includes a successful Motion for Summary Judgment (MSJ) in a $75 million construction defect coverage case in Colorado that was upheld in the appellate court.

He is also familiar with and successful in Alternative Dispute Resolution through arbitration and mediation. In fact, many of his matters reach a successful conclusion without trial, but Matt’s ability to obtain cost effective results is grounded in his courtroom skills.

Matt came to Bullivant from Boise, Idaho where he gained some of his early experience in commercial litigation across a wide range of disputes. In addition to Oregon, he continues to practice in Idaho as well as California.

Matt grew up in a small farming and logging community in north central Idaho. There, he learned the value of hard work during his days delivering newspapers on his paper route, bucking hay bales during haying season, and driving truck and combine during harvest season. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician Collection (CTR).

Matt graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review. He earned Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Idaho, graduating summa cum laude.

 
 
John Czuba
RPA Board of Directors
AM Best
John Czuba has 30 years experience in the publishing industry. He serves as Managing Editor of Best’s Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource. John works in the Claims Resources department within A.M. Best. Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters has served as the definitive resource for insurance companies in their selection of attorneys, independent adjusters and expert service providers since 1929.
 
 
  Elise Farnham
RPA Board of Directors
IIumine Consulting
Elise M. Farnham is President of Illumine Consulting, and is an internationally acclaimed speaker, educator, author, and expert witness with over 40 years of experience in risk management and insurance as a multi-line adjuster.  She has held executive positions with Crawford & Co., GAB Robins N.A., The Harmonie Group, and Carson-Brooks.  She is currently a member of the CPCU Society, serving on the CPCU CLEW Interest Group committee and is a past president of the Atlanta Chapter of CPCU.  She is a member of the Insurance Professionals of Atlanta and past president of the International Association of Insurance Professionals.  Ms. Farnham has been recognized as the 1993 IAIP National Claim Professional of the Year, Insurance Woman of the Year by IPA in 2003, 2004, and 2009; and Instructor of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of CPCU in 2011.  Her articles have been published in numerous industry trade journals. 
 
Marty Frapolli, CPCU, FIDM, AIC
RPA Board of Directors
The Institutes
 
Insurance educator at The Institutes (Malvern PA).

Specialties: Autonomous Vehicles, Internet of Things, Claims, Cyber Risk, Management, Data Management.

As the industry's trusted and respected knowledge leader, The Institutes and our affiliates are committed to meeting the evolving professional development needs of the risk management and insurance community. We prepare people to fulfill their professional and ethical responsibilities by offering customer-focused and innovative educational, research, networking, and career resource solutions.

 
  Doug Jackson, RPA
RPA Board of Directors
Schifrin, Gagnon & Dickey, Inc.
Doug started in the claims industry in 1977 as a fire adjuster for a large commercial carrier before becoming a property consultant for a major residential carrier.

He eventually started his own company which merged with SGD. Doug is past president of the CAIIA and Chairman Emeritus and Director of the Society of Registered Professional Adjusters(RPA). He was the creator of the Seminar for Evaluation of Earthquake Damages (SEED) and teaches that and many other claims related courses.

 
John McHenry, RPA
RPA Board of Directors
McHenry Adjustment Company
 
John F. McHenry, III, B.A., R.P.A., is the President of McHenry Adjustment Company, Inc. Started in 1989, McHenry Adjustment Company is a property and casualty loss adjustment company focusing on commercial property damage, residential damage, premises liability and subrogation issues. With over 25 years experience in the adjustment of casualty and property losses, Mr. McHenry has often served as an expert witness, appraiser and umpire, assisting insurance industry law firms with litigation and resolution of disputed value and loss issues.
 
  Rob Schoewe, Retired
RPA Board of Directors
American Family Insurance
Rob worked at American Family Insurance for 14 years as Senior Claims Trainer. He has been involved with the insurance industry for the last 40 years
 
Dave Mehren, RPA
RPA Executive Director
 
David F. Mehren began with the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters (NAIIA), based in Geneva, IL, in 1977 and was named Executive Vice President in 1988.

Upon his retirement from the NAIIA, Mr. Mehren joined the Society as its new Executive Director as well as holding a Director position. For any questions or comments on the day to day operations, Dave is your go-to person!

Born in St. Charles, IL, Mehren is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and on behalf of the RPA maintains affiliate liaison with numerous claims professional organizations.

He resides in Geneva, IL.