Council Director's Message

Greetings Members of California. 

I am excited to begin this journey as your Council Director (CD).  The next two years will be action-packed with anticipated growth and development throughout the state.  As your CD, it is important that members are invited to be involved, presented with educational and networking opportunities as well as having an extended leadership ladder should they want to move up in this organization.  The Public Relations and Membership Chairs have formed strong teams that will bring experience, knowledge, excitement and new ideas to California Council of IAIP.   Please check the “YOUR TEAM” page on this website. 

One of the first programs that we are inviting members to be involved in is the Ca Members Leadership Summit being held on July 28th.  This is the first project your Council Cabinet will be working on as a team.  It is for all members and if you are new to IAIP, I encourage you to attend.  You can find more information in the Calendar section of this website.  The Insurance Associates of Fresno (IAOF) is also working hard to prepare for the CA Council Meeting that will be held October 12th and 13th at the Hotel Piccadilly in FresYes.  More information regarding this will be coming from IAOF shortly.

Communication is the key to a successful team and the organization, so as your Council Cabinet we plan on communicating with members as frequently as we can to keep you apprised of upcoming events and or programs.   For Associations, kindly forward your current President, membership and program chair’s contact information to Dawn Manzano, CISR the Public Relations Chair@ and Jenny Schaeffler, the Membership Chair  They will keep the Presidents and MAL’s of upcoming events.   If you haven’t updated your personal profile on the IAIP website, please do as this is the way the Council Cabinet will be communicating with you. 

If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer for a Chair or committee at the Council Meeting, please contact Laura Gutierrez, CIC, CPIW (NC Assistant) and Brooke Lesniak (SoCal Assistant) Helen Jang, CLP is still in the background assisting where and when I need it.   You can also contact any member of the Council Cabinet. 

Hold on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride but well worth the thrill!   

Remember, together we are L.I.N.K.E.D. to the past, present, and future of IAIP. 

In fellowship,


Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP

Ca Council Director


Ahoy Matey’s!

Can you believe it is already August?  We had a great time at the Leadership Summit in Santa Ana, California.  There were 33 attendees.  The presenters tackled my theme of L.I.N.K.E.D. 

L. eadership- presenter – Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP

I. nvolved - Presenters – Kristina Lee & Gail Novelich

N. etworking – Presenter – Mitula Patel, CLP

K. nowledge – Presenters – Kristina Lee, & Gail Novelich

E. ducation – Presenter – Gina Thomas Patterson, CISR Elite, AU, CPIW, DAE, CLP

D. evelopment Presenter – Regina Lemanowicz

Each of them did a great job.  It was very interactive.   Members got to learn about how important listening is, building their links of accomplishments, the key to a good elevator speech, the power of networking and awards/scholarship submissions.  I think everyone walked away with something.    Thank you to Rae Lynn Zachary, Annette Ing-Firmeza, Carola Erb and Brooke Lesniak for their help and IPOC for connecting once again to our meeting venue.    Everyone helping make this a successful event.   A BIG thank you goes out to Julie Brown and SDI Staffing, Inc. for sponsoring the jam packed giveaway bags. 

The California Council being held at the Embassy Suites in Glendale, California on Friday, October 4th & Saturday, October 5th.   The Insurance Professionals of Los Angeles, Inc. (IPLA) have been working tirelessly with the Council team to bring you a great Council Meeting agenda.  We can’t be excited enough about this upcoming Council Meeting.  The Education Day is scheduled for October 4th.    We are offering 6 Continuing Education (C.E.’s) credits.  Please go to the calendar on the Ca Council of IAIP website for a copy of the registration packet that was sent out by IPLA earlier this week.  It has all the educational offerings as well as the events planned. They are also offering an Education Only day for your office co-workers or you if you just can’t attend the full Council Meeting.  Invite them to attend, perhaps it just might be the trigger than gets them to join!

The Community Action cause will be helping Journey Out.  We are asking for donations of new lipsticks to Journey Out.  This organization helps with those misplaced youths who are looking for a way out.  More information about this important cause will go out shortly. 

This Council Meeting will be my last as your Council Director (yes, my time is coming to a close) and members will be voting to elect a new Council Director, Public Relations and Membership Chair.  This is a very important moment of the Council Meeting on October 5th and your presence is needed.   Each one of these positions are important to keep this Council moving forward in the right direction so we need a great representation of our locals and MAL’s.  IPLA has some wonderful sponsors that will be at the Welcome Party.  I hope you can join us and show your support to the vendors and exhibitors. 

Looking forward to seeing you in Port Royal (aka Glendale, California). 

In fellowship,


Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP     

Ca Council Director

Together we are L.I.N.K.E.D. to the past, present and future of IAIP! 

Assistant Messages:

Hi Everyone!    It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year, and an exciting year it has been.  Last year’s Council meeting in Fresno was awesome, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Council meeting in Glendale, which will be hosted by the Insurance Professionals of Los Angeles.  I know they have been working very hard to provide you with the best in education, knowledge, fellowship, and of course, FUN!    But wait, first we have the Ca Council Leadership Summit – Are you L.I.N.K.E.D.?  This informative event is being held in Santa Ana on July 20th.  While I am unable to attend the event this year, I certainly hope many others will be there.  The National Convention in Reno was great, and I was pleased to see so many members from California in attendance.   Special congratulations to our Council Director, Christine Chandler Tillett, PHR, CLP for winning International Risk Management Professional of the Year, as well as the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) scholarship.  We are all lucky to have such a truly amazing woman as our Council Director.   Wishing you all love, peace and happiness.  See you all in October!

In fellowship,

Laura Gutierrez, CIC, CPIW - Northern California Assistant to the California Council Director

Welcome and I am glad you stopped by the California Councils website.  I am very excited about serving as the Southern California Assistant to your new California Council Director. For the upcoming year we will be having exciting events where we will be continue to build a great foundation and focusing on growth for your future in IAIP and your professional career. See you at the Members Leadership Summit at the end of July in Orange County!

In the fellowship, 

Brooke Lesniak - Southern California Assistant to the California Council Director

Important Dates Coming up....   For additional details and other events, check our calendar.

October 4-5, 2019 - CA Council Meeting - Glendale, CA

March 12-14, 2020 - Region VII Regional Conference - Vancouver , WA

June 11-13, 2020 -International Convention- Louisville, KY