Staff

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LEADERSHIP

Jonathan Shull

Chief Executive Officer

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Jon joined the California JPIA in 1995. He oversees board relations, general administration, policy development, member communications, marketing, and external relations.

Norman Lefmann

Assistant Executive Officer

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Norm joined the California JPIA in 2004. He oversees member-facing programs including risk management, training, claims and social media. Norm also has executive responsibility for the organization’s technology.

Alexander Smith

Chief Financial Officer

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Alex joined the California JPIA in 2009. 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.

Tamara Haller

Administrative Programs Manager

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Tammie joined the California JPIA in 2002. She oversees administrative and support operations, including human resources, benefits, personnel policies, and recruitments. Tammie also directs the Authority’s facilities and maintenance operations and the organization’s safety programs.

PROGRAM MANAGERS

Paul Zeglovitch

Liability Program Manager

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Paul joined the California JPIA in 2008. He manages all aspects of the liability protection program including activities of the program’s third-party administrator and defense panel attorneys. Paul also manages the Authority’s employment assistance and intervention program.

Jeff Rush

Workers’ Compensation
Program Manager

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Jeff joined the California JPIA in 2012. He manages all aspects of the workers’ compensation program including the activities of the program’s third-party administrator and defense panel attorneys. Jeff also manages cost containment programs including the medical provider network.

Jim Thyden

Insurance Programs Manager

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Jim joined the California JPIA in 2007. He manages the property program and commercial insurance programs and services, and placement of excess and reinsurance. Jim also manages evidences of coverage and coverage documents.

RISK MANAGERS

James Gross

Risk Manager: Region 3

Southern LA County
Orange County

Aliso Viejo
Area E Disaster Management
Coastal Animal Services Authority
Dana Point
Diamond Bar
La Habra Heights
LA IMPACT
La Mirada
La Palma
La Verne
Laguna Niguel
Laguna Woods
Lake Forest
Mission Viejo
Norwalk
Orange County Council of Governments
Pomona Valley Transportation Authority
San Clemente
San Juan Capistrano
Seal Beach
Signal Hill
Villa Park
West Cities Communications Center

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Jim joined the California JPIA in 2002. He manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance for members in Southern Los Angeles County and Orange County. Jim consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

Tim Karcz

Risk Manager: Region 2

Northern Ventura County
Central Coast
Marin County

Arroyo Grande
Black Gold Cooperative Library System
Buellton
Carpinteria
Fillmore
Goleta
Grover Beach
Guadalupe
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District
Morro Bay
Ojai
Paso Robles
Pismo Beach
San Luis Obispo
Santa Paula
Seaside
Seaside County Sanitation
Solvang

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Tim joined the California JPIA in 2018. He manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance for members in Northern Ventura County, Central Coast, and Marin County. Tim consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

Melaina Francis

Risk Manager: Region 1

Western LA County
Eastern Sierras

Artesia
Alhambra
Bell Gardens
Bellflower
Bishop
Cerritos
Commerce
Eastern Sierra Transportation Authority
Gateway Cities Council of Governments
Hawaiian Gardens
La Puente
Lakewood
Lawndale
Lomita
Mammoth Lakes
Palos Verdes Estates
Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority
Paramount
Rancho Palos Verdes
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates
Santa Fe Springs
Southeast Area Animal Control Authority
Southern California Association of Governments

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Melaina joined the California JPIA in 2013. She manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance for members in Western Los Angeles County and Eastern Sierras. Melaina consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

Maria Galvan

Risk Manager: Region 5

Northern LA County
Southern Ventura County

Agoura Hills
Agoura Hills and Calabasas Community Center
Azusa
Bradbury
Calabasas
Camarillo
Duarte
Hidden Hills
Irwindale
La Canada Flintridge
LA-RICS
Malibu
Monrovia
Moorpark
Port Hueneme
Rosemead
San Gabriel
San Marino
Sierra Madre
South El Monte
Temple City
Ventura Port District
West Hollywood
Walnut

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Maria joined the California JPIA in 2013. She manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance for members in Northern Los Angeles County and Southern Ventura County. Maria consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

Alex Mellor

Risk Manager: Region 4

Eastern LA County
San Diego County
Inland Counties

Town of Apple Valley
Big Bear City Community Services District
Big Bear Fire Authority
Big Bear Lake
Brawley
Chino Hills
Claremont
Coachella Valley Association of Governments
Coachella Valley Conservation Commission
Desert Recreation District
El Centro
Grand Terrace
Imperial
Indian Wells
Indio
La Quinta
Lake Elsinore
Loma Linda
Mountain Area Regional Transportaion Authority
Needles
Palm Desert
Poway
San Dimas
San Marcos

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Alex joined the California JPIA in 2012. He manages member relations, including training, risk management, claims, and finance for members in Los Angeles County, San Diego County, and Inland Counties. Alex consults on complex issues of risk, analyzes contracts and manages member action plans.

FINANCE

Lam Le

Financial Analyst

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Lam joined the California JPIA in 2010. He manages payroll, general ledger maintenance, budget preparation, and cost allocation computations. Lam also analyzes financial data and leads special projects.

Grazyna Buchowiecki

Senior Accountant

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Grazyna joined the California JPIA in 2003. She maintains the general ledger, produces financial statements and statistical reports, and provides accounting support to the Chief Financial Officer.

Habib Ali

Accounting Specialist

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Habib joined the California JPIA in 2016. He processes accounts payable, reconciles invoices, and provides technical and clerical assistance to the Chief Financial Officer and finance staff.

TRAINING

Joseph Eynon

Training Manager

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Joe joined the California JPIA in 2005. He oversees the training program, including learning management, curriculum development, and course development.

Ryan Thomas

Training and Loss Control
Specialist

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Ryan joined the California JPIA in 2016. He assists in the development and implementation of the training curriculum, including designing courses, evaluating current training, and managing instructors and consultants.

Michelle Aguayo

Training Coordinator

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Michelle joined the California JPIA in 2008. She coordinates training, academies, special events, and manages instructor logistics and standards.

ADMINISTRATION

Veronica Ruiz

Agency Clerk

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Veronica joined the California JPIA in 2018. She manages the agenda review process and preparation of agendas, records management program, conflict of interest and Statements of Economic Interests, and response to public records requests.

Carl Sandstrom

Business Projects Manager

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Carl joined the California JPIA in 2003. He manages implementation and support of technology projects, including hardware, software, and telecommunications.

Abraham Han

Administrative Analyst

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Abe joined the California JPIA in 2015. He provides analytical support to risk management and manages technical member resources. Abraham also coordinates the sidewalk maintenance and ADA assistance programs.

Courtney Morrison

Administrative Analyst

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Courtney joined the California JPIA in 2014. She manages website resources and content, directs social media and related sites, and coordinates external communication.

Edith Avina

Administrative Assistant

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Edith joined the California JPIA in 2002. She provides member services support and assists the Assistant Executive Officer.

Denise Covell

Administrative Assistant

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Denise joined the California JPIA in 2014. She provides member services support to risk management, training, data management, and claims.

Lyndsie Buskirk

Office Assistant

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Lyndsie joined the California JPIA in 2015. She provides administrative support to executive and administrative operations and assists the Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Programs Manager.

Maria Daniels

Office Assistant

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Maria joined the California JPIA in 2016. She provides administrative support to training operations.

Lilian Salcedo

Office Assistant

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Lilian joined the California JPIA in 2018. She provides administrative support to executive and administrative operations and assists the Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Programs Manager.

Chris Yanonis

Maintenance Worker

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Chris joined the California JPIA in 2007. He oversees building maintenance and facilities operations. Chris is also responsible for campus security.