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.

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. 

Cynthia Connelly - WCCP, CPDM, Claims Professional, Cynthia has worked in various aspects of GSRMA processes since joining the organization in 1989. She is the Workers' Compensation Claims Assistant and also assists the Liability Claims Manager with the processing of liability and property claims. She is the system administrator for our internal claims software as well.

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. 

Patti Powers - PHR, Finance/HR Manager, Patti contributes a depth of experience in accounting and finance as well as being a certified HR professional. She is responsible for the development of the annual operating budget and preparation of all financial and management reporting. She also manages the accounting for our Employee Benefits Program.

Naomi Whatley - Employee Benefits Specialist, Naomi has 18 years of experience in the insurance and risk pooling industries. She provides member service support for all of GSRMA’s coverage offerings and specializes in our Employee Benefit Program. She is responsible for production of the Annual Report, and 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.

Walter Michael – Member Services Specialist, Walter’s background is in business communication and client support. His primary responsibility is to promote the many types of coverage and services we offer to members. He is a resource to members who want to know how best we can assist them or who want to better understand the benefits of their participation in our risk pool. 

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. 

Tracey Crosby - Administrative Assistant, Tracey has 30 years of experience in Administrative Support and 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.