Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Mission Statement 
The mission of the IASA Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee is to cultivate and foster a culture of awareness that promotes diversity and inclusion within the insurance industry and the IASA’s leadership and membership. This includes the goals of accepting, respecting and valuing differences of individuals of diverse race, color, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, and ability.

IASA Celebrates Black History Month | February 2021

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the many achievements and contributions of Black Americans. It acknowledges the integral role of African Americans in American history, and IASA will highlight Black insurance professionals' success stories each Monday in February. 


           Introducing Rachel Hairston | Vice President of Finance at McLaren Health Plan (MHP)

Rachel assumes the role of establishing, directing, evaluating and coordinating all of MHP’s financial operations related to developing and administering policy, short and long-range goals, strategic planning initiatives, internal and external reporting, regulatory communication and initiatives. 

Rachel joined MHP in 2012.  Prior to joining MHP, Rachel spent several years in accounting at an Intermediate School District as well as a part-time Professor teaching Accounting at Mott Community College.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Michigan-Flint.  


Favorite Quote:
"Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration." Robin Sharma

View Rachel's Interview Here


           Introducing Robert Kilgore | Director of Financial Reporting and Reinsurance Accounting at Arch U.S. Mortgage Insurance
Robert Kilgore leads the accounting, reporting, and administration of the reinsurance activities for the Arch U.S. Mortgage Insurance entities.  Robert is also responsible for implementing the accounting and reporting requirements for new business development initiatives.  

Prior to joining Arch Mortgage Insurance Company in 2017, Robert spent nine years at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP working within the Insurance Services Group.  He holds a B.S. in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University, M.S. in Accounting from Michigan State University, and earned the Certified Public Accountant designation in North Carolina.

Favorite Quote: 
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." - Sheryl Sandberg

View Robert's Interview Here

           Introducing Wanda Pritchett | Vice President of Operational Audit at Lincoln Financial Group
Wanda Pritchett is Vice President of Operational Audit. She oversees the development and execution of the annual risk-based audit plan for Lincoln’s four core business segments and corporate functions. She also contributes to the development and achievement of the Internal Audit strategic plan, which includes ensuring objectives are aligned with the corporate strategy.

Wanda joined Internal Audit with Jefferson Pilot (now Lincoln Financial Group) in 2003. Prior to joining Lincoln, Wanda spent four years in corporate banking and 
two years at Ernst & Young (EY). Wanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University. Wanda has earned several designations to include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Audit (CIA), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Fellow of Life Management Institute (FLMI). She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and National Association of Black Accountants.  In addition to her professional accomplishments, Wanda is actively involved in Girls Scouts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Greensboro Communities in Schools.

Favorite Quote: 
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

View Wanda's Interview Here

           Introducing Sonja Cheeks-Spann | Customer Service Manager at SageSure Insurance Managers

Sonja Cheeks-Spann is an insurance professional and leader in the industry with over 40 years of experience. Beginning her career in pension benefits at Provident Mutual, she spent sixteen years in that area of insurance, also working at GE Capital Assurance during that time. In 1998, Sonja joined Nationwide Insurance where she worked for over sixteen years in property and casualty insurance as the Sales Supervisor. She is currently the Customer Service Manager at SageSure Insurance Managers, a property insurance company, in Tallahassee, FL.  


Favorite Quote: 
“Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation." - William  Arthur Wood

View Sonja's Interview Here


We Want to Hear from You! Take the Survey!
To meet the evolving insurance industry's workforce needs, a thorough understanding of factors affecting women and diverse professionals is required. IASA’s Diversity and Inclusion and Women in Leadership Committees have partnered to design a survey.  It examines the association between factors, including ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, personal and professional satisfaction and challenges/ barriers. The results from this survey will be used to develop education and professional resources to support a more inclusive insurance workforce. The survey will be open from February 1st - March 26th and responses will be kept confidential. 
The survey will be open from February 1st – March 26th and responses will be kept confidential.
Survey link: IASA Diversity_Women in Leadership Survey 2021
For questions, please contact IASA at Membership@iasa.org. 


Upcoming Activities for the D&I Committee 

Q1 2021
- 2021 Joint D&I and Women in Leadership Industry Climate & Needs Assessment Survey  - IASA Xchange lite Session: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Driving Organizational Change, Tues., 1/26 from 1:05-1:55pm ET.  - Black History Month Recognition Activities  - Women’s History Month Recognition Activities 


Committee Member Roster

Wesley McLeod, Chair 
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
High Point, NC
Kerry Crockett, Staff Advisory   
Chief Executive Officer
IASA International Office
Grovetown, GA
Kelli Bohannon, Staff Liaison
Director of Membership
IASA International Office
Albuquerque, NM
Kristine Weber, Member 
Sr. Vice President - Accounting  
  & Claims Manager
Minneapolis, MN
Scott Bowen, Member 
AVP Regulatory Compliance
IAT Insurance Group
East Hampton, NY  
Janelle Randall, Member 
AVP Investment Accounting & Reporting   
Lincoln Financial Group
Greensboro, NC

Laurie Macklosky, Member 
IASA International Office
Grovetown, GA
Lindsay Spann, Member 
Employee Engagement Specialist
IAT Insurance Group
Raleigh, NC
Scott McEntee, Member 
SVP/Assistant Treasurer, Accounting
Farmers Mutual Hail
West Des Moines, IA
Terry Olejnik, Member 
CPA, Partner, Assurance
Plante Moran
Southfield, MI

For more information about this committee or if you have questions, please contact Kelli Bohannon at kbohannon@iasa.org .