Florida Office of Insurance Regulation Announces Staff Changes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today announced the following staff changes at the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office):
Richard Koon has been appointed Deputy Commissioner for Property & Casualty, succeeding Al Willis who has accepted a position as the Assistant Division Director of the Division of Rehabilitation and Liquidation under the Department of Financial Services. Koon has over 20 years of insurance regulatory and management experience. He has expertise in personal and commercial lines of property and casualty insurance, including workers' compensation, private passenger automobile and homeowners' insurance. He was most recently the Director of the Property & Casualty Product Review unit. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. In his new role, he will oversee both the Product Review and Financial Oversight units for Property & Casualty.
Belinda Miller has been appointed the General Counsel. Miller assumed the role of acting General Counsel in February 2011 following the retirement of Steve Parton. Miller had been the Deputy Commissioner for Property & Casualty since 2006, and has more than 20 years of experience in insurance regulation and receiverships. Miller received her Bachelor of Arts degree with an major in International Studies from Emory University, and has a Juris Doctor from Florida State University.
Toma Wilkerson has been appointed Director of Life & Health Financial Oversight. She assumed the role of acting Director since March 2011. Wilkerson was formerly the Financial Administrator in the Life & Health Financial Oversight unit. She has worked in the field of life and health insurance company regulation since 1996, both in the Office of Insurance Regulation and the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). Wilkerson graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, and has achieved the Certified Public Manager (CPM) designation.
Carolyn Morgan has been appointed Acting Director of Property & Casualty Financial Oversight. She was most recently the Chief Analyst in the Property and Casualty Financial Oversight unit, and began her career at the Office as an analyst in the Life and Health section in 2004. Morgan earned the Associate Professional in Insurance Regulation (APIR) designation from the NAIC, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida State University.
Sandra Starnes has been appointed the Director of the Property & Casualty Product Review unit, and will be succeeding Richard Koon. Starnes began her career with the Office in 1996 as an actuarial analyst in the workers’ compensation area, and was promoted to the senior actuarial analyst position in the commercial lines area. She left in 2002 to work for the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) as an actuarial consultant, but returned to work for the Office in 2007 and was most recently the Deputy Director of Property & Casualty Product Review. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Florida State University.
All staff changes are effective October 1, 2011.