Your IASA Staff
Rod Travers, Executive Director
Rod Travers joined the IASA Team in July 2017 as Executive Vice President and beginning in July 2018,succeeded Joe Pomilia as Executive Director in anticipation of Joe's planned retirement in September 2018. Rod comes to IASA as a long-time volunteer, previously serving as Executive Vice President and COO of Nolan Consulting which specializes in strategy, operations, and technology for insurance carriers. Rod's background is in information systems, operations management, and brand advocacy. Rod was a principal and head of operations for Nolan and also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF). Rod has served IASA as President, President-Elect, as a member of the Board of Directors, and in Management Team roles including VP-Seminars (executive education) and VP-Marketing and Communications. Rod is a Texas native where he lives with his wife Lori and their two daughters.
Margaret McKeon, CMP, IASA- Vice President of Conference and Events
Margaret’s primary duties are to work with all of the Board members, Management Team members, and Committees to plan and organize Fall and Spring Board Meetings and the Annual Conference and Business Show. Margaret is the staff liaison to the Management Team and co-Liaison to the Marketing and Communications Committee, Executive Education Program Committee.
Chuck Gunkel, IASA- Vice President of Business Development
Chuck is responsible for a broad range of business development initiatives for IASA including, membership, sponsorships/exhibits and other revenue generating areas. He is also involved in growing our volunteer base as well as supporting the continued expansion of our local Chapters.
Karyn Spaude - IASA Vice President of Programs
Karyn’s role is primarily responsible for managing and expanding the associations various educational programs. Her expertise and background will help enhance the educational offerings in terms of content, quality, relevance, and broader appeal across the industry. , Karyn will work closely with the Education, Executive Education, e-Learning, and other committees to carry out these responsibilities and other association initiatives. Karyn has been a long-time IASA volunteer at both the chapter level (Michigan, where she served in various roles including President), and at the National level (where she has served in many roles including VP of Exhibits, VP of Volunteer Development, and VP of Membership and Industry Relations). She is an accomplished financial professional, having started her career with E&Y and later working at Amerisure, PrimeOne, and MAIPF. She holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Walsh College. Karyn lives in Michigan with her husband Chris and their children Nate and Leah.
Gina Jolly, IASA- Assistant Vice President of Operations and Administration
Gina is responsible for management of the day-to-day operations of the International Office. Additional responsibilities include Accounting, Invoices & Approvals and Annual Budget preparation. Gina is the staff liaison to the Board, Education Committee and co-Liaison to the Nominating Committee and Chapter Advisory Committee.
Tricia Stillman, IASA- Assistant Vice President of Education and Systems
Tricia’s primary duties include Education Program and Speaker Preparation, e-Learning and Volunteer Development as well as Technology Projects and Data Maintenance. Tricia is the staff liaison to the Education, Volunteer Development, e-Learning and Advisory Committees and co-Liaison to the Marketing & Communications, Nominating and Publications Committees.
Sheila White-Smith, IASA- Senior Manager of Membership and Industry Relations
Sheila is responsible for Membership, Interpreter subscriptions, CPE credits and textbook fulfillment and Executive Education Program and Scholarships. Sheila is co-liaison to the Membership & Industry Relations Committee, Publications and Executive Education Program Committee.
Angie Gurganus, IASA- Chapter Services Coordinator
Angie’s responsibilities include support for all aspects of events held by IASA local Chapters. She also assists with various back office duties including database maintenance, event registration and set-up and other administrative functions. She is co-liaison to the Chapter Advisory Committee.