Northwest Chapter Regional Director

Dawn Wellenbrink

Dawn has worked in the insurance industry for over 15 years. In 2005 she joined Standard Insurance Company’s Individual Annuity department as a Product & Service Specialist. She quickly mastered her role and was promoted to a Senior Product & Service Specialist. Dawn’s vast knowledge of the department, attention to detail and organizational skills were highly respected and gained her recognition throughout the department. In 2016 she thought she’d try something a little different and wanted a chance to see another side of the business. She applied for and was promoted to a Compliance Analyst. Since becoming an Analyst, she’s been responsible for the Individual Annuity department’s suitability program; conducting and drafting the department’s annual audits as well as providing the department’s suitability and replacement training. She performs the review and the filing of advertising materials, assists with data calls and market conduct exams, as well as drafting compliance advisories. By working on both sides of the business she adds a unique perspective.  

Dawn is a native Oregonian and has been married to her husband Scott for the past twenty-three years. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and hunting for vintage treasures.  

Dawn has been a member of the AICP since 2016 and has acted as Secretary for the Northwest Chapter since 2018. 

What skills do you bring to the office? What qualifications make you a viable candidate for the office? 

Skills that I would bring to the office would be active listening, clear communication, both verbal and written, organization, problem solving, dependability and flexibility. 

What would be your goals for office if you are elected? 

My goal, if elected as NW chapter Regional Director, would be to successfully and positively represent the NW chapter at all AICP meetings and events, just as our current acting Regional Director has. 

If elected, how would you use your office to work with others in the AICP to pursue the AICP’s current goals and objectives, to meet member needs, and to enhance the AICP’s value in our insurance compliance community? 

If elected, I would use the office to work with others within the AICP organization to ensure its continued growth and present the positive impact that it’s had on the insurance and compliance community. I would do this by representing the NW chapter and the entire AICP organization at  national events as well as other outside industry opportunities. 

Where would you like to see the AICP in the future and what would you do to move the AICP toward the vision?  

I would like to see AICP continue to grow and flourish. I would encourage non-members to see all of the benefits that the AICP organization provides, which include networking opportunities with others in the compliance and insurance industry, especially those working within the regulatory environment. The educational resources AICP provides, such as chapter E-Day’s and annual conferences. 

Additional Comments 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my membership with the AICP organization and the all of the benefits it provides to those within our industry. It’s been nothing but a pleasure acting as the NW chapter Secretary and I hope to continue my involvement within the chapter as the NW Regional Director. 

Regional Vice President Candidates

Leo Suzuki

Results-focused leader and MBA with 20 years experience driving and contributing to the streamlined operation, top performance, and continuous improvement of high-volume claim divisions for leading insurance services corporations. Big picture thinker and analytical problem solver adept at assessing and communicating complex data to inform strategic decision making. Frequently recognized for mentoring and motivating staff behind improvement initiatives with talents for project management, cross-functional collaboration, and strategic planning. Early career includes extensive international travel as a concert violist trained at the renowned Juilliard School. 

What skills do you bring to the office? What qualifications make you a viable candidate for the office? 

The leadership skills I possess, specifically my communication and collaboration skills, are likely my most useful skills in this context.  I have a growth mindset and am always striving to learn and experience new things. 

What would be your goals for office if you are elected? 

One of my goals if elected would be to participate in the development and implementation of regulatory compliance reference materials, trainings, and other supportive efforts. 

If elected, how would you use your office to work with others in the AICP to pursue the AICP’s current goals and objectives, to meet member needs, and to enhance the AICP’s value in our insurance compliance community? 

If elected, I would aim to share the benefit of partnership with the AICP and encourage active participation amongst my colleagues.  I would also strive to support the position of the AICP as a national presence in the compliance world, and foster relationships to that end. 

Where would you like to see the AICP in the future and what would you do to move the AICP toward the vision?  

I would like to see the AICP as a strong voice with regulators in the same way that the ACLI is with its many explanatory letters.  I would like to see that the AICP could add their voice to those positions where their interests align with the industry’s. 

Additional Comments 

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for the position of VP of the NW Chapter.  I view this as a terrific opportunity to build relationships and serve our industry. 

Regional Secretary Candidates

Jennifer Pedersen

Jennifer started her insurance career at Standard Insurance Company in 1997 and is a Senior Compliance Analyst in the group life and disability division. Prior to her compliance role at Standard, Jennifer was a Senior Contract Analyst onboarding Standard’s largest National Accounts customers. Jennifer joined the Compliance team at Standard 6 years ago to assist in the drafting, filing, and implementation of Standard’s voluntary excepted benefit products.  While Jennifer has been responsible for these excepted benefit products, she also finds time to dabble in other group products. She enjoys a challenge and uses creative solutions to problem solve.   

Jennifer is a graduate of Western Washington University and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. She spent 2 ½ years in Gabon, Africa developing freshwater fisheries in remote villages. Ask her about the toughest job she loved! In her free time she enjoys travel, bird-watching, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. 

What skills do you bring to the office? What qualifications make you a viable candidate for the office? 

I am friendly, analytical, and organized. I like to share knowledge and resources that have been helpful to me. I enjoy meeting new people and networking. 

What would be your goals for office if you are elected? 

-Engagement. Create an environment of engagement where myself and others may share experiences, concerns or questions around regulated insurance products.   

-Educate- Brainstorm for educational opportunities/workshops and follow current local and national trends. Look for opportunities to bring regulators and compliance professionals into beneficial conversations towards a mutual purpose.    

-Innovation- Look at new ways to share knowledge and information.  Look for partnering opportunities. 

If elected, how would you use your office to work with others in the AICP to pursue the AICP’s current goals and objectives, to meet member needs, and to enhance the AICP’s value in our insurance compliance community? 

  • Foster communication with AICP members,regulatorsand other insurance professionals.  
  • Look for educational opportunities and share best practices. 
  • Friendly and engaging – Enthusiasm to spread messaging on the benefits of mutual collaboration amongst insurance professionals and the benefits of AICP.

Where would you like to see the AICP in the future and what would you do to move the AICP toward the vision?  

I believe AICP is doing a great job engaging others in the industry- especially under the current conditions. I believe we need to continue to develop virtual tools and opportunities for virtual collaboration -perhaps offering some AICP conference workshops virtually.