Staff Information

Scott Schimke - ARM, Risk Manager, Scott has been involved in California risk pool management since 1988. He is the Risk Manager and Executive Director of GSRMA. His responsibilities include overall pool management, communication with re-insurance carriers, evaluation and recommendation of vendors and business partners and communication with the Board. Scott is President of CSAC Excess Insurance Authority (EIA) Board of Directors. He currently serves on the EIA’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 administration and operations. Rick is Chair of the Technology Committee for the CSAC Excess Insurance Authority and Past-Chair of 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 service 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).

Mark Marshall - Safety Officer, Mark has 30 years’ experience 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 training 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 20 years of workers’ compensation claims processing experience. She also has extensive experience in claims auditing and claims examiner oversight and training. She is a workers’ compensation claims examiner and manages our Workers’ Compensation department.

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 assists with day-to-day 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 20 years of experience in the insurance and risk pooling industries. She  specializes in our Employee Benefit Program. She currently serves on CSAC Excess Insurance Authority’s Health Committee.

Betsey Downey – Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist, Betsey has over twenty years 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.

Liz Smith - Member Services Coordinator, Liz provides customer service assistance within the Member Services Department. She is responsible for member data maintenance in various internal and external systems and facilitates communication with members including maintenance of the member portal and public website. Liz also assists the Risk Manager in the processing of property and general liability claims. In addition, she is the member contact person for certificates of insurance. 

Tracey Crosby - Claims Assistant, Tracey has 34 years of experience in Administrative Support and has recently been promoted to our Workers' Compensation department. Tracey will be 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. 

Fran Lose - Senior Workers' Compensation Claims Examiner, Fran has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and over 25 years of experience in California workers' compensation. As a workers' compensation examiner, she works directly with claimants and our members’ managers and HR staff.

Jaheesha Griffin - Senior Workers’ Compensation Claims Examiner, Jaheesha has 15 years of experience in California workers’ compensation.  She is claim certified and has her Self Insurance Plan Certificate.  As a Workers’ Compensation Examiner, she works directly with claimants, providers and our Member managers and HR staff.

Sam Adams - Information Technology Systems Architect and Analyst, while Sam’s formal education is in Computer Engineering, he has experience in SQL server development and support and web development. He is responsible for all aspects of reporting from our various data repositories including claims, exposure and member management data bases. He also develops data analytics for 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.