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The Big "I" Diversity Council works to engage and develop a sustainable diverse independent agency network by partnering with state associations, carriers, and industry affinity groups. The council is a cooperative industry group comprised of multicultural Big I member agents in addition to leading insurance company executives from Allstate, Amerisure, Applied Systems, Chubb, Church Mutual, CNA, EMC, Grange, Foremost, Hanover, Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), The Hartford, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MetLife, National General, Nationwide, Progressive, Safeco, Selective, Travelers, Vertafore, and Westfield Insurance. 

The council seeks to spread awareness of the opportunities and benefits available by embracing diversity and encouraging the necessary change for the independent agency system to survive and flourish. 

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Diversity Council Members


FIA Insurance Services, Inc.

Agent Members 
Shepard Walton King Insurance Group

 InsureGood LLC

J. Morey Company, Inc 
Jack Rice Insurance 

Company Members 

Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Progressive Insurance  

Vice President of Product Design

Rhonda Burns
Associate Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion
Nationwide Insurance

Bruce Carter
AVP, Diversity and Inclusion
Church Mutual Insurance
President, Southeast Region 
Distribution Strategies Manager
Selective Insurance
Director, Brand Management & Communications
Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Gloria Ellis
AVP, DEI & Employee Engagement

Vice President, Human Resources 

Cedric (Greg) Francis
VP, Commercial Underwriting Officer

Jani Groza
Corporate Responsibility and Development Officer
Westfield Insurance 

Priscilla Hammonds
AVP, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations

Monica Jenkins
Senior Commercial Business Consultant

Britani Jones 
Program Manager, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity
Hanover Insurance 

Agency Relations Manager, Global Retail Markets, Liberty Mutual 

Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations Consultant

Ricky Jones
Regional President, Enterprise Distribution 

Valencia B. Jones
Associate Vice President, Sales

Carla Laracuente
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
The Hartford 

Victoria Learned-Fenty 
Learning Facilitation Specialist 

Clive McCarthy
Branch Manager
Liberty Mutual

Kristin Nease
Vice President of Human Resources 

Alexandra Oles
Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion 
Church Mutual Insurance 

Kate Proxmire
Director of Agency Innovation

Courtney Rains
Vice President, Marketing
Applied Systems 

Vice President, Agency Development
Selective Insurance

Soraya Regalado
Business Development Manager 
National General Insurance

Ann Roemer
Senior SME Client Manager 
Hartford Steam Boiler

Gretchen Snediker
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

Marisa Stellema
Regional Agency Sales Manager

Carlos (Eddie) Riveiro

Vice President & Marketing Strategy Leader
Westfield Insurance 

John Tribble

Customer Relationship & Business Development
Church Mutual Insurance  

Kyle Welch
AVP, Sales Strategy & Operations

Bronwyn Williams
Director, Strategic Partnership Group - Mobility
Liberty Mutual


Association Leadership 

Anitra Rivera
Diversity & Inclusion Programs Director
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.

Whitnee Dillard
Executive Director, Invest and Diversity 
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.

Susan Bauman
State Executive Liaison
Nevada Independent Insurance Agents

Angela Ripley
IIABA Executive Committee Liaison
VW Brown Insurance

Contact Us 

Anitra Rivera
Diversity & Inclusion 
Programs Director

Whitnee Dillard
Executive Director, Invest and Diversity 



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Alexandria VA 22314
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