Center for Risk and Insurance

  • Matadors attend the RISKWORLD conference 2024

    Matadors @ RISKWORLD - San Diego (5/6/24)

  • Six Matadors gather at RIMS Western Regional Conference in Colorado

    Six Matadors at RIMS WRC in Vail, CO (10/5/23)

  • Kelly with students 2022

    Kelly Geoghegan - Professor for A Day (3/15/22)

  • 2019 LA RIMS donated $10,000

    LA RIMS donated $10k to CSUN (12/5/19)

  • Lockton hosted CSUN Students 2019

    Lockton hosted CSUN Students (11/15/19)

  • CSUN students visited Farmers HQ 20191023

    CSUN Students visited Farmers HQ (10/23/19)

  • Matadors at CPCU Industry Day 2019

    Matadors at CPCU All-Industry Day (10/15/19)

  • Matadors in Boston - RIMS Conference

    Matadors at RIMS Conference - Boston (4/29/19)


Matadors in the Risk/Insurance Industry


  • Nickolas Bodnar 23' (Finance), Technical Assistant, Amwins Insurance Brokerage
  • Darren Viles 23' (RMI), Commercial Underwriting Associate - Middle Market, Chubb - San Ramon
  • Amy Oliva 22' (Finance/Business Law), Underwriter Tech Analyst, Starr Insurance Companies
  • Michael Rosales ’22 (Finance/Insurance), Management Lines Underwriter, Markel
  • Adrian Munoz ’20 (Finance), Commercial surety underwriter, Chubb
  • Adrian Martinez ’20 (Finance/Insurance/Marketing) Worker’s compensation Claims Examiner, Sedgwick
  • Jada Rozelle ’20 (Insurance/Financial Planning), Commercial Lines Underwriter, Travelers
  • Mary Petikyan ’20 (Finance/Insurance), Commercial Lines Technician, Gaspar Insurance Service. 
  • James Forshaw ’20 (Finance), Data Analyst/Account Manager Training Program, Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC 
  • Patricia Flores ’20 (Finance), Commercial Lines Technician, Gaspar Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Armen Andrias ’20 (Financial Services), Manager, Client Service Executive, Roman Empire Insurance Agency, Inc.


  • Domonique Aguilera ’19 (Management/Finance), Workers Compensation Claims Examiner (Trainee), Pacific Compensation Insurance Company
  • Victor Mercado ’19 (Finance), Client Service Associate, Gallagher
  • Alec Plotkin ’19 (Finance), Production Assistant, Brown & Riding Insurance Services
  • Joel Munoz ’19 (Finance), Claims Representative, Farmers Insurance
  • Daniel Hoorfar ’19 (Financial Services), Insurance Broker, Paramount Exclusive Insurance Services Inc.
  • Eliezer Fogel ’19 (Finance/Insurance), Associate Broker, AmWINS Group, Inc. 
  • Nancy Assenga Usude ’19 (Finance/Insurance), Senior Client Service Manager, Gallagher
  • Doris Silva ’19 (Insurance/Business Law), Assistant analyst in the Dietary Supplements section, Bolton & Company
  • Lea Entz ’18 (Finance/Insurance), Underwriting Trainee, Zurich North America
  • Tomik Gharabeigi ’18 (Financial Services), President, Founder and Owner, Roman Empire Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Neline Ploozian ’18 (Finance), Internal Sales, AIG
  • Amy Cronkhite ’18 (Finance/Management), Property and Casualty Client Analyst, Bolton & Company 
  • Edmond Petrosyan ’18 (Finance), Financial Advisor, New York Life
  • Steve Barzegar ’18 (Finance), Service Coordinator, Entertainment Division, Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC
  • Fatih Yaglidere ’18 (Finance), Underwriting Assistant, NAS Insurance
  • Cody Sanders ’18 (Finance), Client Service Associate, Global Risk Management, Arthur J. Gallagher 
  • Mika Barnett-Ohori ’18 (Management/Finance), Associate, Lockton Insurance Brokerage, LLC 
  • Nelson Castro ’17 (Management), Operations Manager - Licensing. AIG
  • Hillary Stargardter ’17 (Financial Planning/Insurance), Assistant Underwriter of commercial lines, Burns & Wilcox
  • Hasena Nazarzai ’17 (Finance/Marketing), Financial Lines Underwriting Analyst, AIG
  • Brian Munster ’17 (Finance), Assistant Underwriter, Gorst & Compass Insurance
  • Kayla Benjamin '16 (Finance), Commercial Lines Underwriter, Travelers
  • Milana Medvedeva ’16 (Insurance/Financial Services), Assistant Account Manager, B&B Premier Insurance
  • Cindy Vazquez ’16 (Management/Finance), Sr. Account Coordinator, NFP
  • Edwin "Joey" Franiak ’16 (Finance), Assistant Broker, Harry W. Gorst Company
  • Sawyer Welnak ’16 (Finance), Commercial Insurance Underwriting Administrator, Burns & Wilcox
  • Adam Cottrell ’14 (Finance), Suitability Analyst, AIG
  • Tray Thompson ’14 (Finance), Vice President Producer Development, AIG
  • Enrique Vargas ’14 (Finance), Regional Marketing Director, AIG
  • Bianca Rose ’13 (Finance), Account Executive, Nick Rose Insurance Agency
  • Mehran Goorabian ’12 (Marketing), VP, USI Insurance Service
  • Armen Artinian '12 (Marketing), Risk Management Specialist, Netflix
  • Rosa Gomez ’12 (Finance), Claims Adjuster, Kemper 
  • Stephanie Powell (Econ), Client Service Executive, Gallagher Entertainment


  • Eric Valadez '08 (Communications), Senior Analyst Risk Management, Fox Corporation

  • Jessica (Souza) Montero '08 (Management-Business Honors), Senior Multinational Underwriter, Chubb
  • Charles Walter '08 (Management), Vice President & Surplus Lines Property Broker, AmWINS Insurance Brokerage
  • Steven Wheeler '07 (Psychology), Technical Training Specialist, People Services Team / HR, Lockton Companies
  • Olya Yepremian '07 (Financial Services), Assistant Vice President, Momentous Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
  • Melissa Eshaghian ’06 (Journalism & Marketing), CLCS, Associate Broker, Bolton & Company
  • Leslie Garay ’05 (Finance/Real Estate), Area Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Stephanie Conner ’05 (Sociology), Risk Management Manager, The Walt Disney Company
  • Julio Martinez ’05 (Management), Assistant Vice President, Allied World Assurance Company    
  • Lindsay Billett ’05 (Fine/Studio Arts), Business Development Specialist, FM Global
  • Vanessa Poma (Finance/Marketing), Underwriter, NAS Insurance Services, Encino, California
  • Acho Ulu ’04 (Occupational Health), Risk Management Manager, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Inc.
  • Nick Theule ’04 (Finance), ARM, ASLI, CIC, CISR, Area SVP, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Christine Watkins '03 (Psychology), Assistant Vice President, Partnership Executive, ESIS
  • Jimmishea O'Lee '03 (Financial Services), Property Client Advisor, Marsh
  • Jared Hanner '03 (Finance), CPCU, ARM, Area SVP & Western Regional Director, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Nicole Bacon '02 (Finance/Business Law), Managing Director, The Hartford
  • Daniel R'bibo '02 (Information Systems), Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Nan Choi Lee, '01 (Business Administration), Area Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Carleton Emerson '01 (Kinesiology), Risk Control Field Director for Southwest Region, Travelers
  • Raul Canales ’01 (Finance), Area Assistant Vice President, Real Estate & Hospitality Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. 


  • Thomas R Petersen ’94 (Biology), Specialist in disability insurance, Petersen International Underwriters
  • Angela Avakian '93 (Business Administration), Regional Vice President, ESIS, Inc. Partnership Services 
  • Bill Ortgiesen '93 (Finance/Marketing), ARM, Executive Client Director, Southwest, AIG
  • Manny Chavez ’93 (M.P.A.), Risk Manager, Holland America Group | Serving: Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line and P&O Cruises Australia
  • Lee Chester '92 (Management), Vice President, Triad Insurance Group
  • Terry A. Campbell '91 (Business), Managing Director, Risk Management Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. 
  • Tony Beneduce (Communication/Marketing), CPCU, Claim Manager, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Bruce Rockwell (Psychology), VP, Claims at Mercury Insurance, Brea, California


  • Thomas Meisen, Western Regional Techincal Director - Construction Claims, Willis Towers Watson
  • Jim Taylor '88 (Humanities), Head of Claims Compliance & Quality Assurance, Farmers Insurance Exchange
  • Suzanne Robertson '87 (Accounting/Graphic Design), COO/CFO, Beneflex Insurance Services, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Thomas Noh '87 (History), CFO, Farmers Insurance
  • Chuck Gilbert ’86 (Economics), JD, LLM, ChFC, CLU, Life Insurance and Life Settlement Executive, Cleveland Summit, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri Area   
  • Ty Vonhoetzendorff  '85 (International Marketing), ARM, CRIS, VP, Alliant Insurance Service
  • Therese Barkate '82 (Management/Marketing), CPCU, Account Executive Officer, Travelers
  • Timothy J. Noonan ’81 (History), President and CEO, Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC
  • Eric Bossuk '80 (Accountancy), CEO, B&B Premier Insurance Solutions


  • Ron Myhan '77 (Accountancy), CFO, Farmers Insurance Exchanges
  • Barbara Oberman ’73 (Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies, Honors), President, Barbara C. Oberman Insurance Services
  • Craig Clements '70 (Computer Science), Managing Director, Aon


Matadors in Actuarial Science 

  • Justin Howard ’19 (Finance-Insurance, Business Honors), Actuarial Assistant, Farmers Insurance
  • Andrew Duhancioglu ’12 (Math), ACAS, MAAA, Consulting Actuary, Oliver Wyman Actuarial Consulting, Inc. 



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  2. The titles and companies may not be up to date because of promotions and/or job changes. 
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