Staff


Jonathan Shull

Chief Executive Officer

Jon is Chief Executive Officer of the California JPIA. His responsibilities include board relations, general administration, policy development, member communications, marketing, and external relations.

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Jon has focused his entire career in the public sector. Prior to joining the Authority in 1995, he worked in the city manager's office of the cities of San Luis Obispo, Cerritos, and Signal Hill. He also worked in the mayor's office in Syracuse, New York. Jon earned his master of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has earned Associate in Risk Management designation from the Insurance Institute of America.

(562) 467-8717
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Norman Lefmann

Assistant Executive Officer

Norm is Assistant Executive Officer for the California JPIA. He oversees member-facing programs including risk management, training, claims and social media. Norm also has executive responsibility for the organization's technology.

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Before joining the Authority, Norm was Administrative Officer for the City of Burbank. He also has worked in the Falls Church, VA city manager’s office and was an adjunct professor at the Graduate Center for Public Policy & Administration at Long Beach State University. Norm holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University, and has also earned a master of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Additionally, he has obtained certificates in risk management, public entity risk management, and risk pool management from the Insurance Institute of America.

(562) 467-8724
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Alex Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Alex is the Chief Financial Officer for the California JPIA. He oversees all financial and accounting matters including underwriting, cost allocation, budgeting, and policy development. Alex also coordinates and directs actuarial studies and financial audits.

(562) 467-8727
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Tammie Haller

Administrative Programs Manager

Tammie is the Administrative Programs Manager for the California JPIA. She manages administrative and support operations, including human resources, benefits, personnel policies and procedures, conflict of interest, public records requests, records management, and facilities; directs the Authority’s risk management and safety programs.

(562) 467-8722
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Paul Zeglovitch

Liability Program Manager

Paul is the Liability Program Manager for the California JPIA. He manages all aspects of the liability protection program; directs activities of the program’s third-party administrator and defense panel; manages employment intervention program.

(562) 467-8786
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Jeff Rush

Workers' Compensation Program Manager

Jeff is the Workers’ Compensation Program Manager for the California JPIA. He manages all aspects of the workers’ compensation program; directs activities of the program’s third-party administrator and defense panel; manages medical provider network.

(562) 467-8707
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Jim Thyden

Insurance Programs Manager

Jim is the Insurance Programs Manager for the California JPIA. He manages the property program and all commercial insurance programs and services; facilitates placement of excess and reinsurance; manages evidences of coverage and coverage documents.  

(562) 467-8784
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Jim Gross

Regional Risk Manager

Region 3: Southern LA County, Orange County

Jim is a Senior Risk Manager for the California JPIA. He manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance. Jim consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

(562) 631-9783
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Melaina Francis

Regional Risk Manager

Region 1: Western LA County, Eastern Sierras

Melaina is a Risk Manager for the California JPIA. She manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance. Melaina consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

(562) 631-1040
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Alex Mellor

Regional Risk Manager

Region 4: Eastern LA County, San Diego County, Inland Counties

Alex is a Risk Manager for the California JPIA. He manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance. Alex consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

(562) 631-0814
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Maria Galvan

Regional Risk Manager

Region 5: Northern LA County, Southern Ventura County

Maria is a Risk Manager for the California JPIA. She manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance. Maria consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

(562) 631-2261
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Carl Sandstrom

Business Projects Manager

Carl is the Business Projects Manager for the California JPIA. He manages implementation and support of technology projects, including hardware, software, and telecommunications.

(562) 467-8718
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Lam Le

Financial Analyst

Lam is the Financial Analyst for the California JPIA. He develops cost allocation computations; manages payroll; performs general ledger maintenance; prepares financial statements; analyzes financial data; and leads special projects.

(562) 467-8729
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Grazyna Buchowiecki

Senior Accountant

Grazyna is the Senior Accountant for the California JPIA. She maintains the general ledger, produces financial statements and statistical reports, and provides professional accounting support to the CFO and other staff.

(562) 467-8728
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Joe Eynon

Training Manager

Joe is the Training Manager for the California JPIA. He oversees the training program, including learning management, curriculum development, and course development.

(562) 467-8785
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Ryan Thomas

Training and Loss Control Specialist

Ryan is the Training and Loss Control Specialist for the California JPIA. He assists in the development and implementation of the training curriculum, including designing courses, evaluating current training, and managing consultants.

(562) 467-8775
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Michelle Aguayo

Training Coordinator

Michelle is the Training Coordinator for the California JPIA. She schedules and coordinates all training, academies, special events, and manages instructor logistics and standards.

(562) 467-8777
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Habib Ali

Accounting Specialist

Habib is an Accounting Specialist at the California JPIA. He processes accounts payable; reconciles invoices; and provides technical and clerical assistance to finance.

(562) 467-8726
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Courtney Morrison

Administrative Analyst

Courtney is an Administrative Analyst for the California JPIA. She manages website resources and content; directs social media and related sites; and coordinates external communication.

(562) 467-8779
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Abraham Han

Administrative Analyst

Abraham is an Administrative Analyst for the California JPIA. He provides analytical support to risk management and manages technical member resources. Abraham also coordinates the sidewalk maintenance and ADA assistance programs.

(562) 467-8778
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Edith Avina

Administrative Assistant

Edith is the Administrative Assistant for the California JPIA. She provides administrative support to risk management, training, technology, and claims.

(562) 467-8776
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Denise Covell

Administrative Assistant

Denise is an Administrative Assistant for the California JPIA. She manages the Authority’s document and records retention process. She provides administrative support to the CEO and Administrative Programs Manager.

(562) 467-8771
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Lyndsie Buskirk

Office Assistant

Lyndsie is an Office Assistant for the California JPIA. She provides clerical and administrative support to administrative and support operations.

(562) 467-8732
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Maria Daniels

Office Assistant

Maria is an Office Assistant for the California JPIA. She provides clerical and administrative support to training operations.

(562) 467-8773
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Chris Yanonis

Maintenance Worker

Chris is the Maintenance Worker for the California JPIA. He manages building maintenance activities, oversees vendors, inspections, and campus security.

(562) 467-8730
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Region 1: Western LA County, Eastern Sierras
Contact your Regional Risk Manager, Melaina Francis
City of Artesia
City of Bell Gardens
City of Bellflower
City of Bishop
City of Cerritos
City of Commerce
Eastern Sierra Transportation Authority
Gateway Cities Council of Governments
City of Hawaiian Gardens
City of La Puente
City of Lakewood
City of Lawndale
City of Lomita
Town of Mammoth Lakes
City of Palos Verdes Estates
Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority
City of Paramount
City of Rancho Palos Verdes
City of Rolling Hills
City of Rolling Hills Estates
City of Santa Fe Springs
Southeast Area Animal Control Authority
Southern California Association of Governments
Region 2: Northern Ventura County, Central Coast to Marin County
Contact your Regional Risk Manager
City of Arroyo Grande
City of Atascadero
Black Gold Cooperative Library System
City of Buellton
City of Carpinteria
City of Fillmore
City of Goleta
City of Grover Beach
City of Guadalupe
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
City of Morro Bay
City of Ojai
City of Paso Robles
City of Pismo Beach
City of San Luis Obispo
City of Santa Paula
City of Seaside
Seaside County Sanitation
City of Solvang
Region 3: Southern LA County, Orange County
Contact your Regional Risk Manager, Jim Gross
City of Aliso Viejo
Area E Disaster Management
Coastal Animal Services Authority
City of Dana Point
City of Diamond Bar
City of Fountain Valley
City of La Habra Heights
LA IMPACT
City of La Mirada
City of La Palma
City of La Verne
City of Laguna Niguel
City of Laguna Woods
City of Lake Forest
City of Mission Viejo
City of Norwalk
Orange County Council of Governments
Pomona Valley Transportation Authority
City of San Clemente
City of San Juan Capistrano
City of Seal Beach
City of Signal Hill
City of Villa Park
West Cities Communication Center
Region 4: Eastern LA County, San Diego County, Inland Counties
Contact your Regional Risk Manager, Alex Mellor
Town of Apple Valley
Big Bear City Community Services District
Big Bear Fire Authority
City of Big Bear Lake
City of Brawley
City of Chino Hills
City of Claremont
Coachella Valley Association of Governments
Coachella Valley Conservation Commission
Desert Recreation District
City of El Centro
City of Grand Terrace
City of Imperial
City of Indian Wells
City of Indio
City of La Quinta
City of Lake Elsinore
City of Loma Linda
Mountain Area Regional Transportation Authority
City of Needles
City of Palm Desert
City of Poway
City of San Dimas
City of San Marcos
Region 5: Northern LA County, Southern Ventura County
Contact your Regional Risk Manager, Maria Galvan
City of Agoura Hills
Agoura Hills and Calabasas Community Center
Area B Disaster Management
City of Azusa
City of Bradbury
City of Calabasas
City of Camarillo
City of Duarte
City of Hidden Hills
City of Irwindale
City of La Canada Flintridge
LA-RICS
City of Malibu
City of Monrovia
City of Moorpark
City of Port Hueneme
City of Rosemead
City of San Gabriel
City of San Marino
City of Sierra Madre
City of South El Monte
City of Temple City
Ventura Port District
City of Walnut
City of Westlake Village