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Thomas P. Nerney, CPCU, Ext. 2295
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Thomas P. Nerney brings years of leadership experience to his role as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for USLI (United States Liability Insurance Group). Prior to joining USLI in 1996, Mr. Nerney was the President and Chief Operating Officer for Philadelphia Insurance Companies, which markets and underwrites specialty products nationwide.

Mr. Nerney earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from The Haub School of Business at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., and he was inducted into The Haub School of Business Hall of Fame in April of 2009. He previously served on the Board of Trustees and continues to serve as one of the founding members of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Risk Management and Insurance at St. Joseph's University. Mr. Nerney earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation from the American Institute of Property and Casualty Insurance in Malvern, Pa. and subsequently was presented the Franklin Award for outstanding achievement and contributions to the insurance industry by the Philadelphia Chapter of the CPCU Society in 2008.

Mr. Nerney completed his undergraduate studies at Cabrini College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and Philosophy. He is currently the Chair on the Board of Trustees. In April 2013, he founded the Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini College, which focuses on building a strong sense of awareness in leadership education for its undergraduate and graduate students. He was also inducted into the Cabrini College Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball in 2006. Mr. Nerney continued to share his love for basketball by coaching Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) girls’ basketball teams for nine seasons. Twenty-five of the young women he coached received full Division I scholarships.

Mr. Nerney is also an active philanthropist in the Greater Philadelphia Area and beyond. He is committed to facilitating opportunities for underserved populations and has focused his efforts on initiatives that address the personal development of young people. Mr. Nerney is also a founding member of A Front Row Seat to Learning and The Nerney Foundation, two local not-for-profit organizations. A Front Row Seat to Learning provides financial assistance to disadvantaged youth who cannot afford the opportunity of a private high school education. A Front Row Seat to Learning currently has 75 students attending a variety of high schools here in Philadelphia. Mr. Nerney is also a former member of the Board of Trustees at LaSalle Academy in Philadelphia and Cristo Rey High School Philadelphia. In support of Cristo Rey, USLI hosts four Cristo Rey students during the school year who rotate one day of work each per week throughout the year. The wages they earn go directly toward the cost of their education.

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Lisa Kuesel Traynor, MS, RPLU, AIS, AINS, AU, Ext. 2563
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Kuesel Traynor serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for USLI. Previously, she held the position of Senior Vice President of Personal Development. Ms. Kuesel Traynor first joined USLI in 2004 to help develop USLI’s fitness center and wellness programs, which led to her having a significant role in building what is now known as Personal Development. She transitioned into the role of Executive Director of Personal Development, leading the People’s College, Community Spirit and Benefits teams before adding Facilities, Graphics and Social Media, Corporate Events and Travel.

Ms. Kuesel Traynor has been a crucial point person for many USLI initiatives, including the construction of our second building in Wayne, PA, the development and building of our presence in branch offices across the U.S. and the re-branding of USLI. She also played a key role in the creation of USLI’s first nonprofit organization, the CARE2 Fund, which enables USLI employees to request donations to charities or causes to which they have a personal connection, as well as fundraising with our company and customers towards major global philanthropic efforts. Additionally, she also oversees senior leadership of USLI’s Renewal Underwriting teams and strongly supports the importance of women in leadership across our company.

Ms. Kuesel Traynor has 20+ years of experience in the health, wellness and education fields, having graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science degree as a Health and Wellness Specialist as well as a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Physiology. Before joining USLI, Ms. Kuesel Traynor served as Director of the Graduate Hospital Executive Health and Sports Medicine Center and then went on to create Premiere Health and Fitness in Malvern, PA. She has served as an adjunct professor at both West Chester University and Cabrini College and is certified by the NSCA, ACE and IDEA.

Ms. Kuesel Traynor holds the Registered Professional Liability Underwriter designation as well as Associate in Commercial Underwriting, Associate in General Insurance and Associate in Insurance Services. In her free time, she enjoys ballet dance and theater, teaching fitness classes, cooking and spending time with her husband and two children.

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Reiner R. Mauer, CPCU, ASLI, AIC, AINS, Ext. 2833
President, Property/Casualty Division

Mr. Reiner Mauer is President of USLI's Property/Casualty Division. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Product Team Leader of the Personal Lines and Instant Quote Private Label Teams for USLI. Mr. Mauer gained his insurance experience during his thirteen-year career at Old Guard Insurance Group, Lancaster, PA, where, in his most recent role, he served as Executive Vice President for Personal Lines. Previously, Mr. Mauer served as Senior Vice President of Business Operations for Talk America Holdings, Inc., Reston, VA. He was a member of the senior management team for both organizations before joining USLI in 2005.

 

Mr. Mauer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Widener University. He also earned a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Mr. Mauer holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Associate in Surplus Line Insurance and Associate in Claims designations. He is an active member of his Community and an officer in two local not-for-profit church organizations. His interests include family, sports and singing.

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Drew Mitala, RPLU, , Ext. 2294
President, Specialty Lines Division

Mr. Drew Mitala is the President of USLI's Specialty Lines Division. Previously, he served as Business Development Manager of Professional Lines for USLI. Prior to joining the company in 1997, Mr. Mitala was part of The Vanguard Group’s Daily Valuation division for three years. From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Mitala was a Special Agent for the Prudential Insurance Company.

 

Mr. Mitala is a 1994 graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He received a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter designation from the Professional Liability Underwriting Society in 2000. Mr. Mitala is the former Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Professional Liability Underwriting Society and is a Philadelphia Eagles fan, as well as a boating and golf enthusiast.

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Thomas C. Snyder, CPCU, ASLI, AMIM, Ext. 2201
President of Customer Distribution

Mr. Thomas C. Snyder brings over 20 years of experience in underwriting and leadership to his role as President of Customer Distribution. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for USLI. Prior to joining USLI in 1997, Mr. Snyder was an Account Manager in workers' compensation at EBI Companies and, from 1993 to 1996, held positions with the Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance, including Field Underwriter and Sales Representative. Mr. Snyder has served on the National Committee on Compensation’s (NCCI) Underwriting Advisory Council.

 

Mr. Snyder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and has achieved the following designations: Certified Property Casualty Underwriter, Certified Insurance Counselor, Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance and Associate in Marine Insurance Management. An active member of the Community, Mr. Snyder served as a Councilman for Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Borough from 1995 to 2001, was a Volunteer Probation Officer in Middletown Township from 1995 to 1997, and served on the Swedesford Chase Homeowners Association Board of Directors, including a term as president. Mr. Snyder has four children: Ryan, Sean, Gracie and Lucas. He enjoys golf, running and coaches soccer and baseball.

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Jack Carballo, Ext. 2342
Senior Vice President, Chief Administration Officer

Mr. Jack Carballo is the Senior Vice President, Chief Administration Officer for USLI. He has been with the company since June of 2000. Mr. Carballo gained his strong background in administration at Philadelphia Insurance Companies, where he ultimately held the position of Vice President of Administration. Prior to his seventeen-year tenure at Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Mr. Carballo was a Senior Insurance Adjuster at GAB Business Services, Inc. in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

 

Mr. Carballo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from La Salle University and, from 1976 to 1983, attended several professional programs at GAB Casualty Claims School and Vale Technical Institute.

Mr. Carballo has earned many professional designations including; Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Registered Professional Liability Underwriter, Associate in Claims, Associate in Risk Management, Associate in Reinsurance, Associate in Insurance Services, Associate in Regulation and Compliance, Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance and Associate in Information Technology. In his free time, Mr. Carballo enjoys reading and running.

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Rich Petersen, Ext. 2385
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. J. Richard Petersen, Jr.  brings over thirty years of legal and government affairs expertise to his role as Senior Vice President, General Counsel,  Chief Compliance Officer and  Corporate Secretary for USLI. Mr. Petersen was previously Senior Counsel of Legal and Public Affairs for CIGNA Corporation. Prior to this role, he served as Chief Counsel for CIGNA Integrated Care, Inc., a former subsidiary of CIGNA Corporation that provided integrated healthcare, disability and workers’ compensation offerings.

 

In 1987, Mr. Petersen joined Intracorp, the country’s largest provider of workers’ compensation and disability case management, where he served as Chief Counsel and Vice President of Government Affairs for eight years. Prior to this role, Mr. Petersen held senior positions at CIGNA Corporation for six years, including Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs and Counsel, Property and Casualty Law. Prior to his long tenure in the insurance industry, Mr. Petersen was engaged in private legal practice for four years. Mr. Petersen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Drexel University and a Juris Doctorate from Widener University’s Delaware Law School. In 1979, he was admitted to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Petersen’s interests include golf and sailing.

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Louis F. Rivituso, CPA, Ext. 2212
Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Trustee & Plan Administrator for the United States Liability Insurance Group Employee Retirement Plans

Mr. Rivituso brings more than thirty-five years of financial insurance company leadership experience to his role at USLI.

 

Prior to his service at USLI, Mr. Rivituso held positions as Director, Treasurer, Controller and Vice President of Internal Audit and Vice President of Investments for several property and casualty insurance and reinsurance companies. While in the public accounting practice, he specialized in audits and examinations of insurance and reinsurance companies. Mr. Rivituso maintains an active Certified Public Accountant status in Pennsylvania (80 hours of cpa credits bi-annually). He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Shelley Palma, Ext. 2250
Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer

Ms. Shelley Palma brings thirty-five years of experience to her tenure as Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer for USLI. Prior to joining the company in 1998, Ms. Palma served as Assistant Vice President for the Home Office Major Markets Claim Service division of CNA, a leading global insurance organization. From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Palma was the Vice President and Manager of one of the Company’s risk management claims offices. Prior to CNA ‘s acquisition of Continental Insurance Company, Ms. Palma held various management positions at the Continental. Her ultimate position at Continental Insurance Company was Assistant Vice President of Regional Litigation, Liability and Property Claims in the New Jersey home office.

 

Ms. Palma holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Language Education, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Diane Duda, FCAS, MAAA, Ext. 2226
Senior Vice President and Chief Actuarial Officer

Ms. Diane Duda is the Senior Vice President and Chief Actuarial Officer for USLI. She brings more than twenty-five years of commercial and personal lines actuarial experience to her role.


Before she joined USLI in 2002, Ms. Duda was the Vice President and Senior Actuary of Specialty Lines for ACE USA, the U.S. based division of the ACE Group of Companies. Prior to ACE, Ms. Duda was employed with CIGNA Property and Casualty Insurance Companies for nine years where, in her most recent role, she served as Vice President and Division Financial Officer for Specialty Insurance Services. Ms. Duda began her career with Prudential Property and Casualty in 1980. Ms. Duda is a graduate of Lehigh University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Ms. Duda enjoys bicycling, choral singing and sewing.

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Dorie Culp, Ext. 2846
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Ms. Dorie Culp brings more than 30 years of experience to her role as Senior Vice President/Chief Technology Officer for USLI.

Prior to joining USLI in 2007, Ms. Culp was CEO of Leaders Counsel, a management consulting firm that provided operational expertise and leadership coaching to Chief Information Officers and other senior executives. She has worked in Fortune 100 companies, mid-market companies and start-ups.


Ms. Culp began her career at IBM where she held progressively responsible positions in Systems Engineering, Product Management, Service Quality and Sales Management. After IBM, she held diverse leadership roles at several companies where her responsibilities included interface between the business and information technology in the development, implementation and process improvement of key business and infrastructure applications. A significant portion of her time was spent as a Principal with Aligne, Inc., specializing in information technology outsourcing consulting and helping Chief Information Officers of Fortune 500 companies apply business and financial management principles to their IT organizations. Ms. Culp earned her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. She lives with her husband, son and daughter in Philadelphia. Her interests include family, sports and reading.

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