Staff Information

Scott Schimke - ARM, Risk Manager, Scott has been involved in California pool management since 1988.  He is the Risk Manager and Executive Director of GSRMA.  His responsibilities include overall pool management, recommendation of and communication with re-insurance carriers, evaluation and recommendation of vendors and business partners and communication with the GSRMA Board of Directors.  Scott serves on CSAC Excess Insurance Authority’s Executive and Underwriting committees.

Rick Krepelka - Chief Operations Officer, Rick has over 20 years of experience in technology consulting with emphasis in computerized accounting systems.  He is responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting for GSRMA as well as managing the administration and operations.  Rick is a long time member and Past-Chair of the Technology Committee for the CSAC Excess Insurance Authority and the Technology Committee for the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA).

Jennifer Peters - ARM, Assistant Risk Manager, Jennifer has over 10 years of safety officer and risk management experience.  She currently oversees the Member Services, Safety and Loss Prevention areas of GSRMA where she is responsible for the implementation and administration of services and risk management programs.  As a risk manager, she advises members on risk exposure and coverage issues.  Jennifer serves on the Accreditation Committee for California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) and the Member Services Committee for CSAC Excess Insurance Authority.

Mark Marshall - Safety Officer, Mark has 30 years in fire service, including 15 years as a fire Chief.  He has many years of public service as an elected official and volunteer.  Mark became GSRMA’s Safety Officer in 2002.  As a certified instructor for numerous safety, loss prevention and compliance areas, his focus is on member loss prevention with an emphasis on safety training and site reviews.  Mark provides member service support for current and prospective members.

Tricia Alderman - Workers' Compensation Manager, Tricia has 30 years of experience in the California Workers’ Compensation claim industry.  She manages our claims department and is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day claims handling, operations and supervision of all activities within the workers’ compensation claims department.  She also has extensive experience in claims auditing, claims examiner oversight and training.   She is claim certified and has her Self Insurance Plan Certificate.

Cathy Mudd - Operations Manager, Cathy has 12 years of experience in public entity accounting processes.  As Operations Manager, she is assistant to the Chief Operations Officer.  She is responsible for all aspects of operations required for a smooth running workplace.  She also oversees bookkeeping, accounting and employee benefits data management. 

Ryan Schimke - Accounting Technician, Ryan recently achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from CSU, Chico.  As our Accounting Technician he is responsible for a variety of bookkeeping and accounting functions.  He is also instrumental in the billing side of our Employee Benefits Program.

Naomi Whatley - Employee Benefits Specialist, Naomi has 18 years of experience in the insurance and risk pooling industries. She manages all member-facing aspects of our Employee Benefit Program including member HR personnel support, employee meetings, development of health plan descriptive and promotional materials and our member communication regarding employee benefits.  She serves on CSAC Excess Insurance Authority’s Health Committee.

Liz Smith - Risk Management Analyst, Liz provides customer service assistance within the Member Services Department. She is responsible for promoting the many types of coverage and services we offer to members, and assisting members with risk management and coverage questions. She maintains member data in various internal and external systems and facilitates communication with members including maintenance of the member portal and public website. Liz is also the member contact person for certificates of insurance.

Betsey Downey – Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist, Betsey has over twenty years of business and insurance experience holding numerous safety and loss prevention positions for a variety of businesses. Her focus is on member loss prevention with an emphasis on safety training and site visits. She supports the Assistant Risk Manager with the implementation and administration of loss prevention training programs including both online and on-site training.

Steve Wood - Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist, Steve has held numerous positions in the safety and loss prevention field for a variety of government and corporate organizations. His focus is on member loss prevention with an emphasis on safety training and site visits. He supports the Assistant Risk Manager with the implementation and administration of loss prevention training programs including both online and on-site training.

Tracey Crosby - Claims Assistant, Tracey has 35 years of experience in Administrative Support and has recently been promoted to our Workers’ Compensation Department.  She is responsible for providing support to the Claims Examiners in their daily tasks and will continue to facilitate communications among our members and business partners as it relates to this department.

Melinda Robinson - Senior Workers' Compensation Claims Examiner, Melinda has 30 years of experience in the California Workers’ Compensation claim industry.  As a Senior Workers’ Compensation Examiner she works directly with injured employees and members to administer benefits and guide them through the claims process.  She is claim certified and has her Self Insurance Plan Certificate.

Jaheesha Griffin - Senior Workers’ Compensation Claims Examiner, Jaheesha has 15 years of experience in California Workers’ Compensation claim industry.  As a Senior Workers’ Compensation Examiner she works directly with injured employees and members to administer benefits and guide them through the claims process.  She is claim certified and has her Self Insurance Plan Certificate. 

Desiree Lewis - Claims Assistant, Desiree has over 18 years’ of experience in California Workers’ Compensation claim industry.  She has worked as a medical only examiner and a claims assistant.  She is responsible for providing support to the workers’ compensation claims department, working with our members and processing medical only claims.

Sam Adams -Systems Architect and Analyst, Sam’s formal education is in Computer Engineering; he has experience in SQL server development, support and web development. He is responsible for all aspects of reporting from our various data repositories including claims, exposure and Member management databases. He also develops data analytics from these data sources and integrates their use into GSRMA processes.

Sam Taylor - Administrative Assistant, Sam has 35 years of experience in Administrative Support.  She is responsible for front desk and phone reception as well as office administrative support.  She assists all departments with document production, data management and facilitates communication among staff members and business partners.