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The Board of Directors of CalNonprofits Insurance Services (CIS) is pleased to announce a new CEO, Colleen Lazanich, who starts on August 1. Colleen’s background includes senior positions at Swett & Crawford -- VP overseeing national branch operations, and Riverport Insurance Company, where she managed their nonprofit and social services portfolio for the western region. She holds a California broker-agent license. Colleen also holds Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager designations from The National Alliance for Insurance Education. Colleen attended Colorado State University and has a BS in Business Management.

CIS, a social enterprise wholly owned by the California Association of Nonprofits, is a full-service insurance broker providing health insurance to more than 19,000 nonprofit employees along with dental insurance, vision insurance, D&O, general liability, workers compensation, cyber liability, and other insurances.

“Colleen is perfect for this position,” said Yolanda Gorman, M.B.A, Ph.D., and President of Phillips Graduate University based in Los Angeles. “As Chair of the CIS board, we worked hard to find the right replacement for Meredeth Clark, who was the founder and CEO for the past 31 years. We could not be more delighted with Colleen’s business expertise, and with her commitment to the nonprofit community.” Colleen has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, and speaks frequently to nonprofit audiences about insurance and risk management. She is known for her breadth of insurance knowledge as well as her sensitivity to nonprofit concerns. “I’m excited to be working with nonprofits throughout California,” said Colleen. “And with the great CIS staff that has been providing wonderful service exclusively to California nonprofits!"

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