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Alumni Achievements

Vanessa Contreras (Finance and Insurance Major - Class of 2009)

Vanessa Contreras

Vanessa was named one of Intelligent Insurer's 40 Rising Stars! Vanessa works as a professional liability underwriter for Munich Re America.

Here is an excerpt from her interview with Intelligent Insurer on what spurred Vanessa to choose a career in the insurance industry: 

"I chose to go into the insurance industry after working part-time with State Farm during college. Shortly after that I decided to add risk management & insurance as a major and got involved with The Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University. I knew right away that I wanted to go into underwriting but in a specialty line capacity. I spent time at Lloyd's of London and decided professional liability was what I wanted to focus on."

Read the full interview here. Congratulations Vanessa!

Recent Graduates

We are proud of our most recent graduating class.  Click here to read more about where Katie School graduates are starting their careers in the insurance industry.

Notable Alumni

Katie School alumni are found throughout the country in a variety of positions within the insurance and financial services industry. Please click on a name below and learn about what the job of that alumnus entails.

Katie School Alumni
Name Position Company

Shelly Crawford-Stock

Principal/Owner and Independent Insurance Agent

CF&H Insurance Agency

Mark Coyle

Senior Underwriter

Crum & Forster

Nick Denny

Account Executive

Zurich Global Corporate

Dawn Forden

Vice President - Casualty Facultative

Swiss Re

Blake Kuppersmith

Senior Client Manager

Swiss Re

Mike Lavazza

Actuarial Analyst

COUNTRY Financial

Mike Liedke

Property Facultative Underwriter

Swiss Re

Brian McCoy

Claims Supervisor

Shelter Insurance

Sean McGinnis

Assistant Training Manager

Pekin Insurance

Janet Terwelp

Marketing Underwriter

Amerisure Insurance

Ty Turek

Insurance Agent

State Farm Insurance

Devin Kliethermes 

Communication Analyst

COUNTRY Financial

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